Ageing with vitality and breaking free of the dogma binds us are dear to my heart.
The Facebook Group is now here, and I have named it The Truth Will Set Me Free. It is a private group by application only.
Go here to listen to a radio interview.
The Truth Has Set Me Free is now on Amazon Kindle.
Finding the Truth over a lifetime freed Patricia Cherry from the narcissistic teachings of the Christian fundamentalist churches she belonged to as a child and young woman. This is the moving story of love, compassion and forgiveness on her part for everyone concerned. Painting a vivid picture of life as a child in the 1940’s and 1950’s and as a mother in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Patricia candidly shares her journey to freedom from indoctrinated beliefs.
(MSc, DFC, PgDHyp, DIEC, FBSCH, BAMH, FRSM)
Psychologist, Family Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shamanic Teacher, Author.
“Patricia Cherry’s book offers a remarkable, honest and courageous contribution to our understanding of the long-term mental and emotional damage inflicted by an upbringing in a fundamental religious community, and what it takes to heal…. As Patricia Cherry shows, this healing journey is worthwhile, because the outcome is identity, self-love and meaningful and satisfying life.”
TheTruth Has Set Me Free came out in May 2019. Please leave a review if you like it, or if you gained something through reading it.
You can also purchase signed copies directly from me, payment in advance. If you choose to do that, please email me. The price of the paperback in the UK is £12.50 including postage & packing. (That cost does not apply to pre-orders. )
I have started an application only Facebook group called The Truth Has Set Me Free. If you wish to join please let me know by email with a brief reason why.
In my world, Dogma is attached to anything that we believe is the ONLY way. That can be in religion, diet, lifestyle or anything else you may have been taught. So the discussion in the group, will be for anyone who finds themselves trapped into a set of beliefs that they have been told is the only one that counts, and that they feel disempowered by.
Following is a longer description of what the book is about.
The Truth Has Set Me Free – Patricia Cherry
A memoir about my emancipation from the shackles of Fundamentalist Christian belief.
In many ways my early childhood in the 1950s was happy. I was tenacious and independent, and I don’t remember being unhappy until the age of about twelve or thirteen. In later years I realised there had been a lack of warmth, love and understanding. It left me with very low self-esteem, and the feeling of never being good enough for anything.
My experiences were the result of several generations of Pentecostal preachers who lived their lives with the sole purpose of converting others to their beliefs. They firmly believe that their way is the only way. I call it narcissism. The leaders of the churches that I grew up in, and the one that I belonged to in the 1970s, were narcissistic in nature, and so were my Mother and her brothers. She spent her whole life in fear due to the teaching that she, and the previous two generations before her, received as children.
My learning accelerated in my mid-40s, when my second husband encouraged my thirst for knowledge. When I met him I had been through a painful time in my life: divorce, bankruptcy, losing all my material possessions, even my dogs. My daughter went to live with her Dad. I had sabotaged chances I had in life. I even gave up my role as manager in the business I had built up with my first husband. Furthermore, I allowed myself to be conned out of a lot of money.
I made those choices and I don’t blame anyone else. But the choices come back to what I had been taught. I went from someone who owned five large houses, though mortgaged, to someone whose possessions comprised twenty-seven cardboard boxes.
But I managed to break the thread. And I thank God that I went through all the grief in my life, enabling me to get to a place where I could search for the answer and find it. My emancipation began with a kiss. But I had to touch rock bottom before I began the climb back up.
During the last 30 years I found confidence in myself, and got to know my soul. Like most people, I still doubt myself from time to time. However, I now realise the truth: I am good enough; and because of that, I am free. May my story inform and inspire: The Truth Has Made Me Free.
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What is Ageing with Vitality?
It encompasses living with consciousness in your older years and realising that ageing does not mean you just face the senior citizens’ club and bingo!
I can support you with life coaching, or you can join the Ageing with Vitality Facebook Group, where I can answer questions and you can join in discussions or post.
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. In my opinion my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.”
George Bernard Shaw