Hi. I’m Mari.

I’m here to tell my story.

I am the middle of 5 kids — and the only girl — in a male-dominent, semi-quiverfull, rather patriarchal homeschooling family. I was raised in a patriarchal church and most of my social network as a child/teen consisted of children of patriarchal or quiverfull families. This is the story of how I was sucked into the patriarchal/quiverfull belief system, and how I was lovingly (and in some cases, not so lovingly!) escorted out.

Let’s start at the very beginning — and since my story is an ongoing journey, keep coming back to see the latest.
I’m so excited to see what’s going to happen next!


3 responses to “About

  1. Matthew Hoffman

    November 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Hi, Mari. I just wanted to say that I read about the constant beatings in your home, and I was very moved. You were definitely mistreated, and worse, it was in the name of God. What I hope with all my heart is that you won’t abandon Christ because individuals in your life were not living according to the spirit of his teachings. Jesus taught us to love God above all and our neighbors as ourselves, that these were the highest commandments. He told parents not to nag their children, lest they lose heart. The Sacred Scriptures are often twisted by people — don’t let the Devil lead you away from the truth by confounding this mistreatment you suffered with the true Gospel. By the way, I am a practicing and fully believing Catholic. I wish you well and you will be in my prayers tonight.

  2. Lana Hope

    November 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    I think I may have met you on FI from QD? name sounds familiar. But I also grew up in the same junk. Welcome to my world. We can share spirits.

  3. faithafterdeception

    July 29, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Hi Mari,
    I just wanted to start by congratulating you all on the brave and very valuable work that you do raising awareness about the very real dangers of spiritual abuse.
    I have found that all survivors of spiritual abuse have a lot in common, and the control and toxic influence that clouded our free will cause innumerable difficulties when trying to “move on” after discovering the truth.
    I am an ex-Jehovah’s Witness and write about my experiences at Faith after Deception ( I also have a closed FB group for spiritual abuse survivors who still cling to their faith:
    I’m contacting you today because I have written a book on my blog (which is freely available) called “Choose Freedom, Choose Happiness”. The aim is to share practical wisdom about ways to find health and wholeness after experiencing spiritual abuse.
    If you would be interested in reading, sharing or even writing a review of my short book, you can find it here:
    My aim is not to make money or find fame but to join my voice to those who are already speaking out about spiritual abuse and its effects on individuals, families and society at large.
    Best regards,
    Emily Walker


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