I was born in Sydney Australia to an Australian born mother and an Egyptian born, Greek Italian father, who migrated to Australia in his thirties.
My mother had been a nun prior to her marriage to my father, so my siblings and I grew up with Sunday church and Catholic ideals. We gradually stopped going to church soon after my mother passed away when I was 11 years old. I know that I personally developed a bit of resentment towards a God that I believed could take my mother away from us when we needed her most. At age 11, I guess this was my way of dealing with it.
I think I never actually disbelieved in God. It was more a disbelief in the church and what it asked me to believe. I liked (and felt) the idea of a single, universal source of everything, and creator, not a fatherly godhead.
In my late 20s I was inspired by a friend to read self-development and business books. More impacting, I was introduced to [ ]