Episode 169

Tia Levings - A Well Trained Wife: Escaping from Christian Patriarchy


June 14th, 2023

1 hr 4 mins 31 secs

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About this Episode

In this lively conversation, I talk to Tia Levings about her revelations as a former Christian Fundamentalist who shines a light on the abuses in high-control religion, revealing how they impact our headlines & culture today. Her memoir, A Well-Trained Wife: My Escape from Christian Patriarchy, is coming out in 2024 and I feel grateful to have her on the show.

Join us as we dive deep into the patriarchal systems that have affected women's lives for generations. Be prepared to feel a surge of inspiration as we touch upon the power of sisterhood and the resilience of those who break free from the manipulation and crazy-making that many endure.
We delve into Tia's own harrowing experience of abuse, ex-communication, and, ultimately transformation as her journey becomes a beacon of hope for others facing similar struggles and abuses.

Key points discussed:

  • Tia's personal journey: Escaping religious abuse, ex-communication, and finding freedom in nature and spirituality
  • Overcoming indoctrination: Examining fear, obedience, and control in oppressive systems
  • Sisterhood and solidarity: Embracing the power of women supporting one another for healing and liberation
  • Battling theocracy: Addressing the presence of fundamentalism in American politics and its effects on women
  • Reclaiming spirituality: Exploring the importance of connecting with the earth and embracing authentic power
  • Urging listeners to question the motives and beneficiaries of oppressive systems

Entities Mentioned:

  • Southern Baptist Megachurch
  • Jerry Falwell
  • The Handmaid's Tale

Tia Levings is an author and thought leader who shines a light on the abuses in Christian Fundamentalism and high control religion, and supports survivors of religious trauma. Her memoir, A Well-Trained Wife, releases with St. Martin's Press in summer 2024.

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