Lynne Spreen's Reviews > fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science

fathermothergod by Lucia Greenhouse
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Scary and sad. I would never - well, maybe almost never - put down somebody else's religion but how could you treat a kid with a concussion using Bible verse. Telling said concussed kid that "Love is reflected in love. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," is nuts. And refusing to take her to a doctor or get any treatment at all, or even keep her awake or watch her closely, because illness isn't real. Later in the book you see that these parents believed that to countenance the idea of illness at all was to give it life and power. So denial was all important.

Jesus, I'd never have reached age 30 in this family. What an interesting memoir about growing up in a loving but nutso home. Glad the author survived.
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