Wayward Author, Alice Greczyn

Posted on March 21, 2021


Good Sunday Morning, Freethinkers! Happy Spring!

I celebrated the arrival of Spring by greeting yesterday’s sunrise from a hilltop with loved ones–at a safe distance. We’re all awaiting the vaccination season.

This week I had the great pleasure of discovering Alice Greczyn, who was interviewed by Graceful Atheist:

My returning guest this week is Alice Greczyn. Alice has written a new memoir called Wayward: Spiritual Warfare & Sexual Purity. In it, Alice tells the harrowing story of growing up in an Evangelical family that attempted to live by faith. They moved from place to place believing the “Lord would provide.” Alice describes it as being “homeless.” Alice came of age under the oppressive sexual and purity mores of the “Kiss Dating Goodbye” era. She tells the story of being shamed while on a mission trip to India for being “flirty.”

As an adult in her 20s, in a desperate but final act of faith, Alice tests God. God fails. And Alice begins the difficult process of letting go of faith. This is a dark time of panic attacks, depression, and self-harm. With the help of secular therapy and the discovery of the term, Religious Trauma Syndrome, Alice began her recovery process. She studied the science of faith, neurotheology, and began to understand herself and those around her who still believed. In this new freedom, she rebuilt her life reclaiming her autonomy and discovering what real love feels like.

Alice is an advocate for those questioning their faith. Her organization, Dare to Doubt, is a resource for those who are no longer satisfied with their faith tradition’s explanations and demands.

Here’s a print interview with Alice from Phil Zuckerman at Psychology Today where Alice explains how she came to write Wayward:

What ultimately drove me to write Wayward was knowing there was someone else out there who had gone through a similar deconversion as me, and who felt equally alone. I crafted my pages with the intention of offering readers the same catharsis and healing I’ve found in other leaving-religion memoirs. I’m so grateful it seems to be accomplishing the very thing I hoped it would: comforting lonely ex-Christians who felt like they were the only ones for whom God was never real.

I can’t wait to read Alice’s book. There are hundreds of stories by men who deconverted, but few by women. This is an excellent resource to add to our “liberation libraries,” and to share with others who are waking up and deconverting. She is making the rounds of the atheist Youtubers, and I am glad! I love listening to her; I’m definitely going to be on an Alice binge for the foreseeable future. I appreciate Alice! Perhaps you will, too! Let me know!

Perhaps you will buy Alice’s book or give some support to the Dare To Doubt organization. As usual, I encourage you to support secular society in some way every day. Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something!

For today’s “offertory,” I bring you an old favorite: Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” because the song tells us to “Go Ask Alice,” and Alice Greczyn references the role that hallucinogens play in human religious experience in her discussion of neurotheology. “Feed your head,” friends!

As you go forth into the next week, I hope you find peace, joy, and love. Be well, friends. Happy Spring!

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