On Friday, May 10th, host Esty Dinur interviewed co-editors of the book “Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions” Susan Tive and Cami Ostman. This book chronicles experiences of joining, living within, and leaving rigid, traditionalist, or extreme religions through a variety of women who chose to tell their true stories.
“‘Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions’ tells the stories of women from a variety of religious backgrounds, ages and races who chose a religious path only to eventually reject or modify it in whole or in part.
‘Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions’ asks the questions:
Why, in a time when women have more freedom than ever before, would a modern woman chose to follow a religious tradition that distances her from those freedoms and takes away the choices so coveted by societal norms?
How and why do we as women agree to join rigid religious groups, what happens once we do, and what does it take to leave what we, at one time, accepted willfully?”
– “Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions”
At the end of the show, Dinur shortly discussed a factory explosion in Detroit that hadn’t been widely covered in news.
To learn more about the book and read some of the stories, visit the blog:
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