When pastors become heretics and their journey to be free


“Since 2005 I’ve been chronicling my journey out of organized religion, in search of lasting peace and happiness. It’s been a tall order for someone who earned a Master of Divinity degree, and spent many years as a professional Christian minister. My first book, Divine Nobodies, struck a nerve with many people who had also come to the end of their rope with faith and God, but felt understood and validated through my story, and inspired by the possibility that it could be different.

My follow-up book, Wide Open Spaces, gave a glimpse into an alternative I was experiencing – a religion-free relationship with God and life. The journey has not been a bed of roses.

During the writing or my third book, Being Jesus in Nashville, I lost both my mother and father, and had two near-death experiences. The book was also embroiled in controversy. It was rejected by my publisher on the grounds that it was “outside the bounds of biblical orthodox Christianity,” making me a “heretic.”

The last few years I have had an earnest desire and resolve to bring an end to my personal suffering. I decided I’ve suffered long and hard enough, and it was time to find the peace and freedom I had for so long sought through religion. Along the way I have been recording thoughts in a notebook about this endeavor to end my suffering. These notes are the basis for this book.”

– Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) the Edge

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