The Shattered Diana series is an autoethnographic study illustrating the remarkable courage of its author in her agonizing quest for authentic self-discovery in the face of the absurdities, toxicity, and destructiveness of dogmatic religious fundamentalism. This series pioneers a compelling literary genre growing out of Diana Lee’s extensive knowledge of history, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, biblical literature, fundamentalism and cults. The series’ vivid and artistic descriptive journeys into the author’s existential realities are woven beautifully and seamlessly into an informed multilayered intellectual analysis of a world torn apart by one epistemic pathology after another. There is a genuine education in this series and enlightenment with respect to the destructive and crippling effects of fundamentalist worldviews that remain all too common at the outset of the 21st century.William Sargant’s, The Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing – How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians and Medicine Men Can Change Your Beliefs and Behaviors, has long been recognized as an important work in experimental psychology and for the history of psychology. Diana’s ability to use her education and personal experience to link Susanna Wesley’s child rearing methods to Sargant’s insights regarding John Wesley’s conversion techniques opens a larger window into understanding the roots of the religious phenomenon known as Evangelicalism.
Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Emeritus University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Colorado State University
A History of Psychology
…Those who still follow the rules of Wesley’s god
raise children who are generally obedient, yet carry the
rage and wounds inflicted by the followers of this
blood-thirsty god. Any wonder our earth and
its creatures are in such distress.
—Rev. Sylvia Falconer
Unitarian Universalist Minister