Resources on Deconstruction

Kelsie McWilliams
2 min readOct 7, 2021


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If you’re interested, here is a list of resources, in no particular order, that have helped me along the way on my deconstruction journey. I don’t necessarily endorse these authors, but if I’ve found something helpful in their work, then I’ve listed them here.

I’ve also got a very long “To-Read” list on Goodreads, so I’ll update this list as I find more:

· Inspired, Searching for Sunday, Faith Unraveled (previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town), and A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

· The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk

· Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein

· UnClobber by Colby Martin

· Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell

· Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler

· Untamed by Glennon Doyle

· The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever by Jamie Wright

· The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

· That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation by David Bentley Hart

· Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

· I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

· Educated by Tara Westover

· The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe by Richard Rohr

· Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

· The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones

· What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

· God: A Human History by Reza Aslan

· Genesis for Normal People: A Guide to the Most Controversional, Misunderstood, and Abused Book of the Bible by Peter Enns and Jared Byas

· Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber

· Facing the Music: My Story by Jennifer Knapp

· You are Your Own: A Reckoning with the Religious Trauma of Evangelical Christianity by Jamie Lee Finch



Kelsie McWilliams

she/her. A writer and editor who loves dogs. Exvangelical. I read and write about trauma of all varieties because there is hope and healing in this world.