Multiple bloggers sharing, educating and supporting those who have been in unhealthy churches.

Author: Eleanor Skelton

​Eleanor Skelton is a writer and slam poet. She blogs at eleanorskelton.com where she writes about escaping fundamentalist Christianity and her family's cult-like church. Eleanor was homeschooled kindergarten through high school, and double majored in English and Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She also contributes to homeschoolersanonymous.org, one of the most well-known blogs discussing homeschooling issues.

Book review: Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on May 24, 2017. I got this book from a giveaway over at SpiritualAbuse.org a couple of summers ago, when I was blogging about leaving fundamentalism. Stolen Innocence is Elissa…

You don’t have to look

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on April 17, 2015. I have problems with Easter. My church attendance has been irregular since I left fundamentalism, which I’ve been told is normal for people who…

I can’t save my siblings

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on September 1, 2015. Growing up homeschooled means you get a lot more time with your siblings than other kids. As an older sibling, it also means you have…

Tattoo

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on August 23, 2015. So I got a tattoo. In April this year, the word I’d written in Sharpie on my wrist for two years was etched into my skin. Became a part…

We’re not just rebels

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on July 5, 2015. In my last post, I talked about why I don’t trust authority. Many people like me who were raised in controlling environments tend to not…

I have trust issues with authority

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on July 2, 2015. After leaving fundamentalism, some of my friends left organized religion because of spiritual abuse, or identified as anarchists because they’d seen systems of power oppress…

Protesting Jim Berg

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on February 10, 2015. A couple of weeks ago, I organized a protest group picketing Jim Berg’s “Christian Growth Bible Conference” at Grace Bible Church in Colorado Springs. I’m…

Are you sure you aren’t exaggerating?

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on February 16, 2015. You just decided you had a terrible childhood after attending a liberal college, right? You got influenced by the Secular Humanism. Actually…no. I kept journals…