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Foreword

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Part 1: 1983-1988

Chapter 1 – Since Jesus came into my heart

Chapter 2 – O for a thousand tongues to sing

Chapter 3 – Revive us again

Chapter 4 – Cheryl’s Story

Chapter 5 – My faith looks up to thee

Chapter 6 – A mighty fortress is our God

Chapter 7 – The song of Solomon (content warning)

Chapter 8 – I’ll fly away

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Part 2: 1988-1991

Chapter 9 – Jesus wept

Chapter 10 – Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling

Chapter 11 – I need thee every hour

Chapter 12 – Christ delivered me when bound

Chapter 13 – Holy, holy, holy

Chapter 14 – Be thou my vision

Chapter 15 – Cleanse me

Chapter 16 – Jonas, lovest thou me

Chapter 17 – I surrender all

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Part 3: 1991-1996

Chapter 18 – God is in the house

Chapter 19 – Lord we come

Chapter 20 – I can’t wait

Chapter 21 – Hear me calling

Chapter 22 – Just let me say

Chapter 23 – You are the one

More coming soon…

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Table of Contents

      1. I cried more than I care to admit. The accuracy is both freeing and terryifying. Holding my breath waiting for Hillsong to appear – excitement is not the right word. It is the inevitable, beautiful, and horrible end. And after that, I hope, release.

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  1. I was raised a born-again and thoroughly enjoyed Parts 1 &2. Funny and all too true. That craving for liquid love sure can be powerful! Regardless of the denomination, exclusivity and an obsession with repressing sexuality seem to be universal among fundie groups.

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  2. Once you had been a born again, your stories can only be so similar. It just a good read and just a healing story as I take stock of how much my life was destroyed by religion. Keep writing.

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  3. This is a great read and brings up some, ‘been there, done that’ memories for me. Incredible abuse by those in assumed authority. Makes you want to go back and smack some people, and smack yourself for being so gullible and acting like a twat 😉

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  4. A friend sent me the link for this site and I’ve been reading it all this morning. I grew up an athiest and am still one. But I find religion fascinating and particularly fundamentalism. Looking forward to reading more when you publish it.

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    1. I too am an Atheist now Kate. It was a long and, as you can see, painful journey. After all those years as a Christian, I still wonder how I ever believed. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      1. Truly extraordinary. You write with great clarity, honesty, and insight and I am finding your story very compelling. I can’t wait to learn how you left the (to quote Richard Dawkins) “God delusion” behind despite all the mind-manipulation, so typical of organised religion. Discovering you are now an atheist fills me with heartfelt relief and happiness for you. Also it was very nostalgic for me to re-live Melbourne in the late ’80s/’90s as your story unfolded. Thank you, Tim.

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  5. A very common experience. I think the Revival groups in general are responsible for more people losing their faith than gaining it.

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  6. I enjoyed the subject matter covered, partly because of the places I recognise from the era and my experience with Christianity and particularly fundamentalism through a family member who joined the staff of teen challenge a few years after your description of the stkilda off Carlisle st scene.
    I also had some friends who were ravers taking ecstacy,marijuana and lsd during my art school years in Prahran ’86 and monash Caulfield ’96.
    . I believe the story would be even better with some editing by an objective 2nd party. There is a part I take minor issue with ; in the episode of magikal spell casting that has some far fetched supernatural events. In keeping with the non-fictional style, the psychic actions described in the car outside the nightclub could have some explanation or hint of what really happened outside of the illusion or delusion.
    Sensational stories written towards a partially religious readership can lead ‘believers’ out of the dangers of biblical nonsense and draw them towards nonsense of another kind of danger.Ie. if magik is described as having extraordinary psychic powers,then many, especially young and impressionable people may want to pursue those powers.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Paul. I want to make it clear I don’t believe in magic. My experiences were drug induced, and while seeming totally real to me at the time, were a figment of my drug-fuelled imagination.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it and leave a comment. I’m glad you found it interesting. I have no real excuse why I haven’t written anything in a while. I’ll get something done soon. Thanks again for reading.

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  7. Rivetting read thus far and hope the wait for further chapters will ne tarry long . . . a good epitome herein of a scripture that it can be fairly urged (and not without weight) wis being interpreted pretty badly out of context lol!

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