I'm thrilled to introduce you to Angie. She was the pastor over the Altar Ministry at my church when I first starting doing altar ministry at Gateway. I grew to love her and respect her a great deal. Her deep walk with the Lord encouraged me even deeper into my own journey with Jesus.
Welcome, Angie. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
My grandfather is Dr. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral’s Hour of Power broadcast. He is one of the most prominent religious figures of the last century. He named his son Robert, who named his son Robert. And so I grew up in a patriarchal dynasty where men were in the spotlight, but I was left in the shadows. I had to move out of state to find myself and begin to understand my identity apart from my family. It was difficult, but I found my way and eventually become a pastor, therapist, and spiritual director. I want women to know that I built my career without nepotism. People often assume that I’ve been dealt a silver spoon. But that’s simply not the case. In fact, I often had to work harder than others to overcome the stereotypes associated with famous families.
Tell us about your family.
Today, my family is small - me and my husband. We’ve been married almost five years. My husband was a guest on the “Hour of Power” promoting GodTube.com, his company at that time. My dad suggested that we meet for a blind date, and we were engaged within three months.
My extended family is huge. I’m the oldest of six children, but my parents are divorced so there are never more than four siblings under a single roof. I think having three younger sisters contributes to my passion for writing God and Boobs. Unlike our moms, my sisters and I were marrying later in life, providing for ourselves, and dating as adults. I learned by trial and error, and then tried to leave tips for my sisters who were 8-12 years my junior.
Have you written other nonfiction books?
I wrote a book about Hearing God. It was so horrible that I decided not to publish it. For me, writing was a learned skill.
I totally understand that and agree. My first book sold to a major publisher. I have the rights back now, but I won't turn it into an ebook as I have with other books when the rights reverted. My writing has developed so much in the intervening time that I don't want readers using it as a standard of my writing. Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Yes! I’m working on a companion study guide to God and Boobs. I’m also in the very beginning stages of a follow up to God and Boobs that focuses on our relationships with men.
After being married for over 48 years, I believe a book like that could have over a dozen volumes. What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love to walk. One of my alter egos lives a village life where it doesn’t make any sense except to walk or ride a bike to the food stand, café, and library. I could walk all day long. I also take every opportunity to travel and explore new things. And of course…books! My favorite books are Jane Eyre and The History of Love.
Why did you write the featured book?
As a pastor and counselor, my days were spent in intimate conversations with women. Some stories were tragic, like the multiple women who told me their youth ministers molested them, but the senior pastors didn’t believe them. Other women faced insecurities about dating and sexuality. Women told me that were raised to believe that religious women should be meek, and as twenty-something adults they didn’t know how to be outspoken in a boardroom or how to ask for a raise. The stories were different, but the underlying fears were the same. They were afraid of religious bullies who were telling them how to live their lives. They wanted to be free of this pressure, but didn’t know how to find freedom without abandoning their faith. I helped so many women find freedom from religious constrains that I wanted to write a book, and so help even more women.
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
First, I want women to know that God created them female - boobs and all. Which means that there is nothing shameful about their bodies, their sexuality, or any of the other things that come with being a woman - intellect, creativity, emotions, and passion. Second, I want them to start practicing how to hear God. I think that hearing God is the cure for religious bullying. When women start to hear God for themselves, then they no longer idolize their religious leader. They take their power back and begin to have an autonomous relationship with God. And then, God helps them make daily decisions about dating, work, family, romance, etc.
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
My website is www.godandboobs.com and my Twitter handle is @GodandBoobs
Thank you, Angie, for sharing your life and book with us today.
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God and Boobs: Balancing Faith and Sexuality - paperback
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