Shedding religion… five books later

JimPalmer

After walking away from organized religion and professional ministry, I began chronicling my spiritual journey in 2006. The first book was Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you). This book is especially useful for the person who is seeing in spades that the “Christian” mentalities and views they’ve never questioned in church, need questioning. It’s that feeling that things don’t add up, something is way off, and there must be more. Each chapter in the book tells the story of a person God brought across my path to help me look deeper into my life and relationship with God.

My follow-up book to Divine Nobodies was Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity. I noticed in many of the emails I was receiving that people were getting stuck in the anti-religion, anti-church mentality, and not really moving forward in their own spiritual evolution. Wide Open Spaces is my story about living into an alternative, and each chapter revolves around my wrestling through a different aspect of this. The book shares how my relationship to myself, God, others, life, church, the Bible, prayer, etc. changed, and what this looked like.

By now I had deconstructed and left behind much of my Christianity, and yet Jesus continued growing in significance for me. My next book was, Being Jesus in Nashville: Finding the Courage to Live Your Life (whoever and wherever you are). This book tells the story of what it looked like for me to know and follow Jesus outside of Christianity. The book is the culmination of a one-year journey in which I set out to answer the question for myself of what Jesus meant for my life now that I had left behind the religion that claimed his name. The story takes many twists and turns, including two near-death experiences, and the deaths of my mother and father. The book also stirred a great controversy. My Christian publisher refused to published under the charge of heresy and promptly cancelled by book contract.

My fourth book is, Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering. This book began as scribbling on paper in a black spiral notebook. I set my resolve to address the root cause of my own personal suffering, and to know true peace and freedom, which I had failed to find through many years in religion. I recorded personal notes about this endeavor. Notes from (Over) the Edge is divided into five main parts. Part One is a conversation with the reader about how to approach the pursuit of truth. Part Two is a direct, practical, and no-nonsense guide to addressing the root cause of personal suffering, and uncovering true peace and freedom. In Part Three, I confront the teachings of pop Christianity, and how they have hidden or corrupted the true message and meaning of Jesus. Part Four delves into the process of recovering from religious pathology. In Part Five, I discuss how truth applies in the special cases of domestic violence, and depression.

The book I most recently released is: Inner Anarchy: Dethroning God and Jesus to Save Ourselves and the World. In the book I describe how the Christian religion has twisted the true life and message of Jesus, and has preached a powerless gospel that is preventing millions of people from being free. The book challenges people to “inner anarchy,” which is turning away from the false religious and societal beliefs, mindsets, narratives and ideologies that have been programmed into our heads, and turning to what we know is real and true in higher spiritual awareness.

You can find all five books on Amazon:

Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God (and the unlikely people who help you) 

Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity

Being Jesus in Nashville: Finding the Courage to Live Your Life (Whoever and Wherever You Are)

Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering

Inner Anarchy: Dethroning God and Jesus to Save Ourselves and the World

Latest Comments

  1. Bob Harvey says:

    Thank you! You have been one of the influences in my growth.

    Bless you and your work!

    Arjay

  2. Steve Roberts (@SteveRobertz) says:

    I just might have to get your last book 🙂

  3. DazedAndConfused says:

    Where have you been all my life?! As a “black-sheep-of-the-family” style former fundie, I ask that question metaphorically. Kinda. I’m under assault by my staunchly fundie,narcissisticly controlled, highly respected family but thanks to your work, I’m able to see that my sanity and my faith, as I define it, are worth saving. I just shared your blog on my Facebook page with the words “Radical. Read it. I dare you.” as my thoughts shared. I feel some friends and followers both unfriending and unfollowing me (these would be family members most likely) but many more clicking to open the link as I type this. I just sent your DN book to a friend’s son who is in the Mississippi State pen after he killed a brother and a sister while he was driving under the influence after a fraternity party. I hope he finds what he needs within, as I have. Blessings and peace.

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