We continue on with SheWritesPress’, THE MAGIC OF MEMOIR month with Linda A. Curtis, SHUNNED: How I Lost My Religion and Found Myself.

Linda Curtis was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and is an unquestioning true believer who has knocked on doors from the time she was nine years old. Like other Witnesses, she has been discouraged from pursuing a career, higher education, or even voting, and her friendships are limited to the Witness community.

Then one day, at age thirty-three, she knocks on a door — and a coworker she deeply respects answers the door. To their mutual consternation she launches into her usual spiel, but this time, for the first time ever, the message sounds hollow. In the months that follow, Curtis tries hard to overcome the doubts that spring from that doorstep encounter, knowing they could upend her “safe” existence. But ultimately, unable to reconcile her incredulity, she leaves her religion and divorces her Witness husband — a choice for which she is shunned by the entire community, including all members of her immediate family.

SHUNNED follows Linda as she steps into a world she was taught to fear and discovers what is possible when we stay true to our hearts, even when it means disappointing those we love.

I was captivated by Linda’s story. I too was raised in a strict religious family, which my mother broke from getting into an even stricter denomination. I spent a great deal of my youth trying to find out where I stood with a higher power and I commend Linda’s courage. It’s hard to break free from the ones you love when you stop believing their thoughts. For me, it is still an occasional issue.



Linda Curtis is an executive consultant, speaker, and mindfulness teacher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2003 she has consulted with hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, leaders, C-suite executives, and their teams. Her client list includes MasterCard, RSF Social Finance, NASDAQ, and KPMG. She serves on the core faculty of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (, the groundbreaking mindfulness and emotional intelligence program developed at Google. She teaches their Search Inside Yourself course around the world at organizations including Google, Red Bull, L’Oreal, Vanderbilt University, Genentech, and LinkedIn.

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  1. I love this cover my mother was a minister I grew up in religion as well as my kids until they were old enough to choose their own path

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  2. This looks like a powerful book! The relationship I have with my Saviorhas changed over the years, as I get wiser and have learned to trust in all things.

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  3. Religion and faith can be so comforting, but organized religion can be so excluding, even those religions that aren’t considered extreme or cults. For that reason I have been in and out of organized religion. Currently out.

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  4. I went to church as a child and young adult to please my grandmother. When I was a teenager her and I had a long talk about god and the Bible. She told me never sway from my beliefs but if I felt church wasn’t right for me then I didn’t need to go. I didn’t have to be in a building to have faith or religion. She was the strongest willed and her faith never swayed.

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  5. When I was in college, I was looking for something. Validation? Purpose? Depression? I had looked into Mormonism and was baptized. A few years later, I left because it wasn’t for me. While I admire their family values, there were things I disagreed with. My husband’s parents were Episcopalians when I met them. Their religion was more reasonable, and I was baptized. We raised our children in this church. Recently, due to my son’s transgender, I’ve become a little dissatisfied with religion’s punishment of people due to their difference; so, while I am a Christian, I don’t attend church anymore. I never was really spiritual. I was more attracted to the humanistic aspect of it and doing things for others.

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  6. When I was in high school, I began to have questions about what I was being taught in religion classes. It led to arguments with my Mom, but eventually, she accepted my decision to leave the church.

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  7. i believe in our creator. i was going to a great church. it taught me a lot. it closed and i am having a hard time finding one i feel like i “fit in”. there are plenty to choose from in the “bible belt”, but that feeling has not happened yet .


  8. I believe in God but not organized religion. It is my personal relationship with God. Thank you for the chance.


  9. I am a Methodist/Protestant however I don’t attend church. I haven’t even been baptized and that really bothers me. It’s something that I need to get done soon!


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