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On her twenty-ninth birthday, while guests were arriving downstairs, Reba Riley was supposedly upstairs getting dressed. In actuality, she was slumped on the floor sobbing about everything from the meaning of life to the pile of dirty laundry on the floor.
Life without God was crashing in on her. And she was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. She uttered a desperate prayer, and then the idea came to her—thirty by thirty. And thus she embarked on a year-long quest to experience thirty religions by her thirtieth birthday. During her spiritual sojourn, Riley:
Was interrogated about her sex life by Amish grandmothers
Disco danced in a Buddhist temple
Fasted for thirty days without food—or wine
Washed her lady parts in a mosque bathroom
Was audited by Scientologists
Learned to meditate with an urban monk
Snuck into a Yom Kippur service with a fake grandpa in tow
And finally discovered she didn't have to choose a religion to choose God
In a debut memoir that is funny and earnest, Riley invites questioners, doubters, misfits, and curious believers to participate in the universal search to heal what life has broken. Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome takes you by the hand and reminds you that sometimes you first have to be lost in order to be found.
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By L. Lieske on 08-13-16
Couldn't get past the first chapter.
Most authors shouldn't narrate their own books and this is a perfect example. Reba Riley tries too hard. Material that might have been funny if performed by a professional comes across as cloying and self-conscious. Five minutes in I gave up and switched to the radio.
By Lisa McLeskey on 05-05-16
Made me laugh - and cry - and laugh again
For those of us that struggle with our raisin', this book is a literal godsend. The author's fascinating journey was as touching as it was sweetly hilarious. It was wonderfully narrated and so very heartfelt. I couldn't stop listening until I finished it.