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In the Name of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide Hardcover – October 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1St Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005793
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In 2008, the small town of Oregon City, Oregon, became the epicenter of the legal battle to end the practice of faith healing that denied medical treatment for children. The Followers of Christ Church had nineteenth-century roots in Clackamas County, whose culture included believers and those who tolerated them, who both bought into ideals of the Right to raise children without government interference. The Followers of Christ’s faith-healing fundamentalist beliefs were supported on the national level by the powerful Church of Christ, Scientist. But a series of child homicides drew the attention of those determined to make sure that children didn’t suffer and die from illnesses left untreated. Fighting against religious shield laws that protect parents who refuse medical treatment for their children, a team of investigators and prosecutors worked with a Followers insider and a former believer and advocate who’d lost her own child to faith healing. Stauth offers a dramatic account, broad enough to include historical perspective on the Great Awakening and the prophets and religious figures who shaped the faith-healing fundamentalists, and intimate enough to cover the families who struggled to reconcile love for their children with unyielding faith in their beliefs that dictated they take no action, other than prayer, to save their children’s lives. A powerful, shocking story. --Vanessa Bush

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“Stauth offers a dramatic account, broad enough to include historical perspective on the Great Awakening and the prophets and religious figures who shaped the faith-healing fundamentalists, and intimate enough to cover the families who struggled to reconcile love for their children with unyielding faith in their beliefs that dictated they take no action, other than prayer, to save their children’s lives. A powerful, shocking story.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful tale of religious beliefs gone awry." --Kirkus Reviews

“In the compulsively readable In the Name of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children From Faith-Healing Homicide, Portland reporter Cameron Stauth interweaves two parallel narratives, both equally compelling.” —The Oregonian

"Stauth's book is a compelling look at a religious cult that appeared to be flourishing, but was consuming itself from within. In the Name of God reads almost like a novel, as Stauth gets into the mindset and emotions of its many participants. Many readers will find it difficult to put down; others may have difficulty coming to grips with the horrifying situations that these loving parents found themselves in." —The Oklahoman

In the Name of God shows how wrong people can go when they fail to recognize that medical technologies are gifts from God, too, and that ‘medical miracles’ are just that. Cameron Stauth deserves loud applause for uncovering the truth. He deserves our prayers that what he has found will help expose the differences between religions that empower people and cults that weaken them and, sometimes, kill them.”—Keith Ablow, M.D., New York Times bestselling author

"In the Name of God takes you to an America where religious extremism practiced in isolation leads to deadly consequences for children. Fortunately this unforgettable book also brings us heroes who refuse to let the ignorant and the malevolent use faith to escape their crimes. If you are concerned about the balance between religion and justice you must read this book.”—Michael D’Antonio, author of Mortal Sins

“America has a number of fascinating criminal subcultures that remain all but hidden from public view. One of them has now been exposed in a startling new book by Cameron Stauth. In the Name of God is a definitive account of the secret, deadly history of faith healing in the U.S. Stauth's research has uncovered some of the worst things people do to one another under the guise of religion, casting much-needed light on this criminal darkness.”—Stephen Singular, author of When Men Become Gods

“Only a bold, highly gifted writer could take a sickeningly true crime story like this one, and with the delicate skill of a high-wire artist craft it into a non-judgmental nail-biter. Under the author’s sensitive, yet humorous pen, the colorful personalities in this eye-opening drama pulse with lifeblood. This is a vitally important book. Historically accurate accounts such as Cameron Stauth’s breathtaking masterpiece, In the Name of God, rip the skin off of America’s stench-filled underbelly, bringing the gasping promise of healing, fresh air, and the determined assurance of a better tomorrow.” —Susan Ray Schmidt, author of Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy

“Powerful, moving and painstakingly researched, Cameron Stauth’s In the Name of God illuminates the little-known culture of faith healing in America, and shows us why it is so important for all Americans to stand together and demand action and intervention to save the lives of its youngest victims. These children have no voice, so they need all of us to advocate on their behalf.” —Lisa Pulitzer, New York Times bestselling author

Previous Acclaim for Cameron Stauth

"Stauth is a talented and graceful writer and a tireless reporter." —The New York Times on The Franchise

"A book of insight, power and wit." —The San Francisco Chronicle on The Golden Boys

"A riveting picture of network television -- one of the best yet." —Publishers Weekly on The Sweeps

"Extraordinarily compelling and engaging." —Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List, on The Manhunter

"A remarkable work by an excellent writer..." —D.S. Khalsa, M.D., on Healing the New Childhood Epidemics

"I strongly recommend it." —Deepak Chopra, M.D., on Meditation as Medicine

"Fascinating and magnetically appealing..." —Booklist on Brain Longevity    


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Customer Reviews

Well-written and easy to read.
MaryK
I hope Cameron Stauth will be able to write a follow up story on how we are able to change Idaho laws to protect the children.
lkm
The book gets one point across very well; we can't allow religion to harm anyone.
E. J. Miller

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lkm on November 14, 2013
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Couldn't put it down once I started reading...This book is about my relatives. I was born into this faith. It is an accurate look into the lives of the Followers of Christ cult. I lived this book. I could add so much more that would fill volumes on the suffering of innocent children because of this faith. Cameron captured the disturbing atmosphere within the houses when children died. Heart wrenching.
There are other stories coming out since this book debuted on another branch of the same faith and families in Idaho.I am the source of those stories. To continue following recent new developements join me at FB group Silent Cries Faces Of Religious Abuse. I hope Cameron Stauth will be able to write a follow up story on how we are able to change Idaho laws to protect the children. Please recommend this book to all of your friends. I do.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Barrett on October 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book provides a fascinating look into the minds and hearts of anti-medical cultists and their critics and details the struggle of Rita Swan and others to protect children from parents who deny medical care to their children. Portions of the struggle are so gripping that I had difficulty putting the book down until I found out what happens at the end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gnome de net on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Five stars (I love it) but -- the publisher's proofreader needs some remedial instruction.

To elaborate on freespeech's previous objection, I'll cite Page 427, 10th line from the bottom, as one example among many: "[Patrick] made no effort to hide who he was, as he had when we'd met first met there, during the Beagley trial. He was living back at home, with Ella and Pat."

"...met first met..." has one-too-many "met"s, and "Pat" is a reference to Patrick's son whose name is "Paul".

Not a very big nit to pick, but it demonstrates a lack of thoroughness and professionalism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Shaw on November 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I just finished “In The Name of God” by Cameron Stauth. I loved reading this book. An insider look at how faith healing leads to medical neglect of children who suffer severely, and too often die, because their parents believe only God can heal. I’ve read a fair amount of narrative non-fiction and this one right up there – a total page turner! Stauth’s superlative storytelling chops instantly engage. He covers the history, politics and the legal drama from a macro and micro point of view. On a national scale, Stauth follows Rita Swan’s 30 year fight to change state by state and national religious shield laws – the laws that protect parents from prosecution for child medical neglect or death. At the same time, his long cultivated sources inside America’s one of most notorious faith healing sects, the Followers of Christ Church, provide a day to day narrative of the battle between their church and those who would see justice for the children. I highly recommend this riveting, informative and still very pertinent book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Baynes on November 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I live in the Portland Metro area, so this story is one I've heard somewhat about from other local media sources as it unfolded. Having said that, I found out that once I started the book, it was difficult to put down again...even though I knew the "ending." Mr, Stauth has a writing cadence that is easy and keeps your attention.

I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Stauth speak about this book a few weeks ago at Powell's Books in Portland. He clearly has invested a lot of time and thought into the research for this book.

I've seen other reviews noting some minor inconsistencies between this book and other facts. I did not follow the case closely enough to speak to that, but I will say my observation is that all journalism has some POV in it, and the journalist has to sift through piles of facts, anecdotes, and supporting commentary and find a thread that can be followed throughout the narrative. Stauth succeeded in this element of the writing.

Long story short, I think it is worth picking up. It's a great read on an important topic...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Emge on December 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A true story that reads like a great novel. It is the most positive and hopeful book I have read in years despite some gruesome details. It is a crime story with excellent police investigative details and courtroom drama. It is the story of how a few people working together can make a difference. It is a psychological masterpiece. One gets into the minds and hearts of every character, from the protagonists, the police, the perpetrators, the victims, the prosecutors, the jurors. It is a story of empathy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Central Washington on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was born and raised in that Oregon City Cult (Followers of Christ) and fully understand what all the truth is and is not about their belief, which is very opposite what the bible teaches. The biggest majority of this book is right on. They DO NOT worship God but rather worship "their religion". They are caught up in believing they are right because of being so different than Christians but mostly their extreme brain-washing that they are the only way to heaven and not that Christ paid for us to be forgiven. They qualify being a cult in many aspects but the main reason is that they believe they are only right religion and the only heaven bound people, more faith in their membership than what Christ has done, ridiculous! They live in fear of being judge or abandoned by other members & family and care about their status within the people, more than what God thinks. No one seems to be able to stand up against it even if the believe it is wrong because of the outcome of their actions. Read all about it is this book. I am glad someone finally wrote a book about this cult as it needs exposed what it is all about and how false belief can send you to prison for letting innocent children die over something easily treated.
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