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Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience Paperback – October 10, 1993
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Near the end, the author includes a checklist of characteristics of a "Significantly Abberant Christian Oraganization." Honestly scoring my church on that list is what precipitated my escape, for it gave me compelling, common-sense reasons for breaking off contact with that organization.
Walking away from spiritual abuse is a slow, painful process. My journey to healing didn't start, or end, with this book. But it was essential to one of the most significant steps I had to take in leaving the abusive environment behind.
I don't understand why the reviewer from Heidelberg came to such negative conclusions about this book. Perhaps some of its points do not translate perfectly across cultures, or into her culture in particular. Perhaps spiritual abuse manifests itself with different issues in other countries than it does in the United States. It doesn't seem she ever gave her friends with the heavy-handed pastor a chance to profit from it, and that's a shame because their response may have altered her view.
In any case, it seems clear to me that she misread the author's intention on the points where she criticized him. Nowhere did he indicate that "any time a church develops some commonalities, this is a 'danger sign' for spiritual abuse to those who come in from the outside." Instead he was addressing the issue of being "preoccupied with a desire for uniformity among believers" (p. 76), and making too much of "external signs of devotion," (p. 77), as did the Pharisees of Jesus' time.
Nor is the author against referring to our leaders as "pastors.Read more ›
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This book played a huge role in the healing I needed after leaving a spiritually abusive situation. It helped me to make sense of what I had experienced. Highly recommend.Published 12 days ago by Blessed
Great information about a topic that is often swept under the carpet.Published 24 days ago by Sonya Cavanough
Great book! It is worth the read if you are trying to made sense of the spiritual journey that you are on away from those in the ministry that abuse. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Parker
I am a former member of one of the book's references of a church that can be spiritual abusive. I needed help healing and understanding the pain and confusion in my Christian walk... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angela
As my family has recently experienced 4 years of a bad church situation, I was looking for a book to give me some perspective on church life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by tres e
My name is Collette,
and even though I am not a Christian fundamentalist, I still believe in the basic teachings of Jesus. Read more
What if church wasn't a safe place? What if one of the most hurtful things you ever experienced was done to you in the name of religion? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer