Brother Richard, Your story is compelling, and the direction you're taking your life now is just great. As you well know, coming out of the religious closet means changing just about everything in your life - a daunting task indeed.
I've just completed a book, an illustrated work, I hope will help those wishing to come out of the religious closet. Here's our blurb about it:
Thanks for your story, Richard. I agree with Daniel, your story would make a book. I'll keep reading this interesting blog and I've learned a lot already hearing it from you personally.
I have a question: You said you had a "very real" born again experience.
What do you mean by that?
What was your experience of God as a Christian? Did you have a "sense of presence" as one has when sensing someone they can't see?
Or did you infer God from a very intense emotional experience - rather than something you directly sensed?