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Leaving the Fold [Paperback]

By Marlene Winell (Author)
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This book by psychologist Marlene Winell provides valuable insights into the dangers of religious indoctrination and outlines what therapists and victims can do to reclaim a healthier human spirit.... Both former believers searching for a new beginning and those just starting to subject their faith to the requirements of simple common sense, if not analytical reason, may find valuable assistance in these pages. -Steve Allen, author and entertainer

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Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2006
Publisher   Apocryphile Press
ISBN  1933993235  
ISBN13  9781933993232  

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Workshop invitation from the author  Aug 3, 2008
Hello there,
If you are reading about this book, you might like to know that I hold periodic retreats. Here's the information for one coming up, and you can check my websites for future events. And please write to me! I'm continuing to do research on recovery issues, especially how one copes with family relationships. I'd like to hear your story.

Kind regards,
Marlene Winell,


It's not the end of the world! Join us at a recovery retreat.


August 15-17, 2008

Do you feel alone in your struggle for healing? Come to a supportive and powerful weekend with others who can understand you -- an oasis from dogmatic teachings and judgmental groups. We'll rant and rave, tell our stories, discuss the issues, visualize, role-play, dance and draw - whatever it takes to think for ourselves and reclaim our lives. A joyful, empowered life is your birthright and you can start now.

WHEN: FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 7PM - SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 3PM.

WHERE: A beautiful house in Berkeley, California,
with hot tub and other amenities.

COST: $320 for the workshop, $125 for room and board. Financial need considered & options available. Pay what you can.

TO REGISTER: Call 510-292-0509 or send an email to Register soon as group size is limited.

Dr. Marlene Winell is a psychologist with a practice in Berkeley & also counsels individuals by phone. For more info, mailing list, comments about retreats, & Youtube link for scenes from a retreat, visit: Or call Dr. Winell for a complimentary discussion about your interest.
Informative, helpful, but also disappointing.  Apr 26, 2008
Most of the book is easy to read for the layperson but you do need to be familiar with the following terms: a priori, ethnocentric, tautological, cognitive dissonance, and so forth. Any good dictionary can help you with this.

Although I was familiar with fundamentalist Christianity (from having talked to them at various points in my life) I didn't realize how dogmatic, unhealthy, and unreasonable they can be. The author's own experience and those of the others were eye-opening. Although the author still appreciates certain Bible principles such as the Golden Rule, she claims that God was responsible for Job's suffering and also the following:

page 90 "problem with occasions of Jesus expressing vindictiveness, discourtesy, narrow-mindedness, and ethnic and religious intolerance."

page 93 "Eve is blamed for bringing sin into the world."

I can only attribute this to her fundamentalist upbringing, which apparently didn't teach her how to think about the Bible in a holistic manner. For example, the scriptures blame Adam for bringing sin into the world, even though Eve was the first human to sin. This is because he was created first, had more knowledge and experience, and unlike Eve was not deceived.

God allowed Satan to persecute Job. He was not responsible for it.

At any rate, the author's suggestions for psychological and spiritual recovery for the fundamentalist Christian who has left dogmaticism are fairly good. Probably the best part of the book are the question and answer checklists, exercises, and the section on humor as healing.

She claims that her advice is applicable to former Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, having had them as clients. However, unlike fundamentalists, JWs are not taught "hellfire and damnation." I do agree that dogmatic individuals can exist in any group, even among atheists.

She includes black and white photos of her art collages, which I found ugly and unnecessary.

For Mormons I recommend another book with the same title: Leaving the fold: candid conversations with inactive Mormons. I would love to see a book about inactive Jehovah's Witnesses.
A must read for anyone in the process of de-conversion & recovering from christianity!  Dec 27, 2007
This book gives me the comfort and determination to recover from a religion I no longer believe in. The recovery experience shared by the author was very well presented and to the point, and the methods used were very helpful. The fact that the book is written by a psychologist gave you a very useful scientific approach to recovery and self-discovery, you might find out a lot more about yourself in the recovery process. Also recommended is Dan Barker's "Losing Faith In Faith".
Tired of living with fear and guilt?  Apr 19, 2007
As a voracious reader, no other book has touched me the way this one has. I feel as though I have been released from prison. With each page, I can feel new freedom permeating through my soul. Finally, someone had the courage to address this subject! There is a surprise here. You get two books for one. Growing up damaged with an authoritarian father, the profound wisdom in this book works just as well with that issue. Fundamentalism came later for me. Thank you, thank you Dr. Winell! You have laid out the most sensible road map out of the emotional abyss. I simply cannot endorse this book enough!!!!
A light in the darkness.  Mar 14, 2007
I have found Miss Winell's book invaluable in my ongoing healing process from authoritative religion and other authoritative ways of thinking whether it be family systems, various philosophical beliefs and books, persons and even many 12 step groups. Her book is filled with exercises and meditations that help facilitate rational, clear, critcal thinking and help break the cycle of authoritaive, fearful thinking. "Idea monsters" are confronted with adult rational rebuttals that soothe and comfort the "inner child". Miss Winell also offers consultation and uses the exercises from her book combined with her own understanding and experience which has really make me feel like someone out there does understand and can help. She has helped me tremendously in the short time I have worked with her. I highly recommend "Leaving the Fold" and I highly recommend Miss Winell for any personal work and or any consultation you may wish to pursue in this area.

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