"Reconstruction begins with recognizing these cognitive distortions and discovering new and better ways of thinking. If you have thoroughly deconstructed, then theoretically all that remains are mental, emotional, and spiritual voids which are ready to be refilled with new and better information that serves your happiness and allows you to love and give freely. We are never more like Jesus than when we are giving and serving others. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, He gave. We should too!."
-Todd R. Vick
For 30 years, Todd Vick was a Southern Baptist pastor, and in 2016 he left church ministry after a nervous breakdown fueled by severe anxiety, depression, addiction, and a crisis of belief. This led him on a path of intense spiritual deconstruction, where he reimagined his faith and began to research the role of the human brain in creating a belief system.
In his new book, The Reconstructing of Your Mind: A Post-Deconstruction Journey, Todd shares the transforming power of the human mind to create better life outcomes. It's a field guide for those seeking a new way to live that balances science and faith. It gives you tools that are handy along the way.
Join me as I chat with Todd about his journey and the truths he learned along the way. With people leaving the institutionalized church in droves, it's an essential discussion about rebuilding your faith after deconstructing it. The act of deconstructing gives a liberating sense of freedom after being religiously oppressed, but for those that can't let go of Jesus, reconstruction is necessary.
I've done it.
Todd's done it.
Others have too.
I'll probably do it again.
Hopefully, we can learn from each other along the way as we harness our faith to grow in ways that may no longer fit in religious systems comfortably.
To deconstruct is human, to reconstruct; divine.
Buy Todd's book, The Reconstructing of Your Mind: A Post-Deconstruction Journeyon Amazon.
For more on Todd: https://toddrvick.net/
Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.