258: Unveiling the Complexities of Faith and Family | Dana Trent

Unveiling the Complexities of Faith and Family

Dana Trent

J. Dana Trent is a speaker, professor, award-winning spirituality author, and minister.

A graduate of Duke Divinity School, she teaches world religions and critical thinking at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Her most recent book is BETWEEN TWO TRAILERS.

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This podcast episode features a conversation between the host, Amber, and guest, Dana Trent.

Dana shares her unique childhood of growing up in a fervently religious yet drug trafficking family in Western Indiana, highlighting the complex intersection of trauma, faith, and redemption. 

Dana’s memoir, ‘Between Two Trailers’, delves into Dana’s experiences with her family’s unconventional lifestyle, mental health struggles, and the impact of these factors on her personal development and spirituality.

The discussion explores the themes of empathy, coping mechanisms, and the transformative power of recognizing trauma and practicing deep, authentic Christianity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore the journey of navigating family trauma and addiction, and how faith in Jesus can provide a path to healing.

  • Discover the power of spiritual practices for finding peace in midst of healing from family trauma.

  • Uncover the ways in which faith in Jesus can help individuals in finding their identity and sense of belonging, especially in the face of mental health challenges.

Quotes:

“We are all walking around with suitcases, full of trauma. And the thing with trauma is you can’t let it fester because it does bubble up.” -Dana Trent

“Deep, authentic Christianity is willing to admit our human side; to bridge that gap with spiritual practice and listening for God’s will.” -Dana Trent

“My favorite sort of grounding practice for those who are traumatized is a breath practice with Job 33: 4. And that verse is, “The spirit of God is within me and the breath of the almighty gives me life’.” -Dana Trent

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Deep, authentic Christianity is willing to admit our human side; to bridge that gap with spiritual practice and listening for God's will.
My favorite...grounding practice for those who are traumatized is a breath practice with Job 33: 4. that verse is, "The spirit of God is within me and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Deep, authentic Christianity is willing to admit our human side; to bridge that gap with spiritual practice and listening for God's will.

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