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An important inspirational debut, Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome is much more than a memoir about reclaiming faith and overcoming chronic illness. Written with humor and personality, it tackles the universal struggle to heal what life has broken. This is a book for questioners, doubters, misfits, and seekers of all faiths; for the spiritual, the religious, and the curious.

Reba Riley’s twenty-ninth year was a terrible time to undertake a spiritual quest. But when untreatable chronic illness forced her to her metaphorical (and physical) derriere on her birthday, Reba realized that even if she couldn’t fix her body, she might be able to heal her injured spirit. And so began a yearlong journey to recover from her whopping case of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome by visiting thirty religions before her thirtieth birthday. During her spiritual sojourn, Reba:

  • was interrogated by Amish grandmothers about her sex life;
  • danced the disco in a Buddhist temple;
  • went to church in virtual reality, a movie theater, a drive-in bar, and a basement;
  • fasted for thirty days without food—or wine;
  • washed her lady parts in a mosque bathroom;
  • was audited by Scientologists;
  • learned to meditate with an urban monk, sucked mud in a sweat lodge with a suburban shaman, and snuck into Yom Kippur with a fake grandpa in tow; and
  • discovered she didn’t have to choose religion to choose God—or good.

For anyone who has ever longed for transformation of body, mind, or soul, but didn’t know where to start, Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome reminds us that sometimes we have to get lost to get found.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilarious, courageous, provocative, profound … Reba Riley brings the light for seekers of all paths, reminding us that every journey of transformation begins exactly where we are. If the ‘Pray’ in Eat, Pray, Love had a gutsy, wise, funny little sister who’d never been to India, it would be Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

  • “Whatever your beliefs or lack thereof, whether you pay heed to a savior or a spirit animal, you should read this moving, funny, thoughtful book. Reba Riley has traveled the unlikely mystic’s path and come back with an enormously entertaining, immensely hopeful report.”

    A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and My Life as an Experiment

  • “Whether you’re spiritual, religious, or neither, Reba Riley’s grace, wit, charm, and profound insight will make you laugh and think. She is an author to watch!”

    Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of I Regret Nothing

  • “Riley’s debut gently offers…a powerful love that is greater than any single religious expression.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome is real. Been there done that. If you have been there too, this book is going to let you know you are not alone. Prepare to be encouraged to leave outright abuse of spiritual power and dogma of the kind that kills the soul. Prepare to survive. Courageous and wonderful, Reba Riley to the rescue!”

    Frank Schaeffer, author of Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God

  • “Riley’s book is so compelling; beautifully written, exceedingly funny, and refreshingly honest. As she described her journey of spiritual and physical healing, I rooted for her with every page…Her experience proves that if we are willing to open ourselves up and listen, we too can find God everywhere and know the love that is for us all. It is a book of profound hope.”

    Kristen Vincent, award-winning author of A Bead and a Prayer

  • “If your soul has ever doubted, if your feet have ever lost their way, if your halo’s always just a little askew, or if your heart has been wounded by a faith community, Reba Riley’s humorous, honest memoir about exploring the ‘Godiverse’ is just the thing for you.”

    Sarah Thebarge, author of The Invisible Girls

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