Whether or not you drink alcohol, you know when someone says, "I need a drink!" it's usually because of something that has made them feel angry, frustrated, confused, or disappointed, and they either talk about it, or do something out of character! We all have moments when we feel like that, right?
However, when you hear some of your friends or colleagues communicate their feelings with statements like this..
"Girl, if I wasn't saved, I would cuss him out today and repent later!"
"I need to be prayed up to deal with this mess.."
"The Bible said, "Thou Shalt Not Kill; it didn't say I couldn't shoot your kneecaps off!"
..then assume they come from the "saved and sanctified" church culture and they are letting you know "they need a drink!" How can you tell?
Notice the code speak. The words "saved", "prayed up", "the Bible" are all mentioned in the same sentence as "cuss you out", "shoot your kneecaps", and "repent later".
Who else does that?
You just read a brief excerpt from my book "Saved, Sanctified..And Still Need A Drink!" which I will be publishing this summer. This is a book about my own self discovery journey, growing up as a preacher's daughter in the Church of God in Christ. This book will definitely resonate with those of you who are familiar with issues of the "saved and sanctified" culture.. and still wrestle with feelings of guilt, hypocrisy, shame, and fear.
I talk about the struggle I experienced with religious upbringing, especially with the strict "holiness or hell" thinking that kept me locked in imagined fear for many years. I also open the door for everyone to stop and examine their own feelings and situations, without judgment. This book is written in a humorous way, so no one should really be offended, even though it touches on some sensitive subject matter.
Anyone can relate to this book, regardless of your race, creed, or religion. It is religious beliefs that oftentimes stop us from opening up to true salvation and personal peace. I seek to begin the discussion, and I want to invite you get this book when it is released!
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