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The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid is the story of a childhood controlled by the brutal hand of a narcissistic, closeted homosexual. Believing I could leave my upbringing behind and walk away unscathed, I escaped into marriage in hopes my husband could keep me safe. I clung to my husband, creating a cocoon that became a prison. As our sex life and bank accou ...more
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Published April 4th 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
This book was so brave and unexpected! It definitely brought me back to my days growing up in a Catholic household. Although, of course, at the same time it's completely different being a different religion all together.

I can honestly say that I didn't have my parents telling me that I would be left behind in the Rapture (although, they probably wanted to! I DID see "Left Behind" at one point in life!) and, I didn't have to fake receiving the Holy Spirit... Although, I did have to fake my way th
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Rebecca Golling
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ronna Russell’s memoir of growing up in an oppressive religious family and finding her own path to freedom and happiness is riveting. Her story belongs in the “you just can’t make this stuff up” category of fascinating truth. Most of all, it’s a story that needs to be told about the troubling quiet realm of spiritual abuse.
Timarie Shelton
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not grow up in a spiritually or emotionally abusive home, nor in a closed society that held females in a lower regard than males. Neither my father nor my former spouse are gay. I don’t have to have had those experiences in order to be mesmerized by The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid because it is so much more than that.
It is a story of hope, despair, loss, and, finally, Enough of this bullshit I’m better than this and fuck you, Past, you no longer define me.
Ronna, meet Sel
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Benny
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first became aware of Ronna Russell through her blog. It was immediately obvious that she had already found her “voice” as a writer, but it’s been a pleasure to see her develop her craft and to see a dream realized in the publication of this, her first book.

Having grown up in the same religious environment and the same era, I found the book to be painful, funny, cathartic, and horrifying, sometimes all at once. Ultimately, though, Ronna’s triumphant emergence as a whole person committed to tr
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Thomas Fudge
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The most uncomfortable aspects of Ronna Russell’s book are threefold: It hits so close to home for so many who have experienced near-fatal suffocation by religious power brokers; it involves men and women of considerable reputation and their dirty laundry (usually kept secret); and it reveals truths too seldom named. This is a memoir of fear but also of faith and the development of a life that began as most do in innocence followed by a terrible journey from hell to hope. I am reminded of someth ...more
Jewel Hart
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All women readers
The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid by Ronna Russell is a compelling, engaging and unrestrained memoir about the author’s journey toward acknowledgement, self-discovery and ultimately acceptance. It is a candid, straightforward and personal account of her intimate exploration to realize herself as a woman and mother, and to discovering and accepting her sexuality. With frequent refreshing humor, Ronna Russell recounts her memories from childhood, emerging adulthood, and her past as ...more
Jewel Hart
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid by Ronna Russell is a compelling, engaging and unrestrained memoir about the author’s journey toward acknowledgement, self-discovery and ultimately acceptance. It is a candid, straightforward and personal account of her intimate exploration to realize herself as a woman and mother, and to discovering and accepting her sexuality. With frequent refreshing humor, Ronna Russell recounts her memories from childhood, emerging adulthood, and her past as ...more
Lara Lillibridge
A frank, intimate account of one woman’s search for herself as a woman, mother and sexual being. Ronna Russell’s narrative weaves together memories from childhood, young adulthood, and the more recent past as she recounts her upbringing as a preacher’s kid in the United Pentecostal Church—where she wasn’t allowed to cut her hair, wear slacks, or fraternize with non-church members—and details her journey to find authenticity. Written with the level of confession normally reserved for close friend ...more
Victoria Peters
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Couldn't put this book down.
Shannon
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can’t put this book down once you start, so escape to your quiet place for half the day. Bring a cozy blanket, beverage of choice and tissues!
Anneliese Kamola
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Debbie Mcnulty
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was not an easy read. I grew up in a UPC church as well and at times it all hits too close to home. The author is so brave in her telling of her story! This is a wonderful read for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Christian denominations that exist on the fringe. The author’s vulnerability allows us into a world that many people never see filled with rapture anxiety, purity culture, and the pressure to be good enough. Beyond the church and the damage it caused is a s ...more
Adam Boostrom
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Confessions" is that rare memoir which delves deeply into intense issues of personal hardship without ever becoming mired in defeat or self-pity. Author Ronna Russell stares down the barrel of her past, reflecting on it with honesty and vulnerability, but without letting it get the best of her. Her writing is clear, crisp, and at times refreshingly unpredictable -- it's never quite known which details are foreshadowing for future events, and which are simply included because of the special plac ...more
Steph Auteri
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For those who fear sex. For those who feel shame around it. For those who feel guilt around their own desire. The chapters in The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher's Kid are puzzle pieces that, when put together, reveal a picture of how the way we are brought up and the life we live can leave an indelible mark on the way we see ourselves, and the way we end up moving through the world. If you're looking for insight into your own grappling around sex — and a sort of absolution — Ronna's sto ...more
Suzette
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars
Harrowing, heartbreaking, and hopeful

"Ronna Russell takes us behind the curtain of fundamentalist Christianity and reveals a world little of us know about. Her insular upbringing causes her to make choices about her partner and then her marriage that lead to heartache and more. Yet, her grit and resilience allows her to overcome her past and forge a positive future. This book is for any woman who has ever wondered whether it was too late to change her life. Russell's answer is a
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Janice Selbie
I devoured this book in 2 sittings. It was hauntingly familiar to my own upbringing by a narcissistic father in an evangelical home in the 70s & 80s. Ronna did a great job painting the picture of such homes, and I feel a kinship with her as a result. I cheered for her all the way through. I recommend this book for fellow ExVangelicals coming to terms with their own childhood indoctrination. ...more
Amy Fish
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book in depth for Hippocampus Magazine for Creative Non Fiction. I think it's interesting to learn about a lifestyle (Preaching) that I knew nothing about. I also found out what "rat your hair" means. If you like memoir, this is a good read.
Kristi Lyn Reddy
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once you start reading it, you will find yourself creating moments for time to read. You will carry the book with you to read as you stand in line, while sitting waiting for your kiddo in the bath, and other unmentionable places. It’s that good! Whether you were raised Christian, Catholic, Mormon or Atheist, with a strong sense of God or No-god, you will relate to moments in this book and find yourself saying, ‘Me too!’
Kathleen Garber
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author's story is just so remarkable that it makes you want to read. First of all what the summary doesn't say is that she isn't just a preacher's kid, but a preacher's kid from a very conservative United Pentecostal Church where girls don't wear pants and can't cut their hair or do anything that associates them with the world. Second it turns out her dad is gay and was hiding it all these years. As if that isn't enough, she eventually realizes the same thing is happening with her own husban ...more
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Ronna Russell grew up the youngest daughter of a well-known United Pentecostal preacher. From an early age, Ronna plotted to get out, hell or no hell. She jumped into marriage at the age of twenty-three, a union that lasted 22 years and produced four children. When the marriage ended, Ronna herself free to consider her own desires. With these transitions behind her and her children grown, Ronna ha ...more

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