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In the House of Friends: Understanding and Healing from Spiritual Abuse in Christian Churches Kindle Edition
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Ken Garrett's In the House of Friends: Understanding and Healing from Spiritual Abuse in Christian Churches is compelling. I read it in one sitting. I literally could not put it down. Ken is an expert in this field, but he writes for those who sense something is wrong in the church, but can't pinpoint the problem. Ken so accurately diagnoses the problem of narcissistic and authoritative church leaders that I literally felt the oppression and wanted to run. However, Ken does what any good doctor desires to do; after first describing the problem, Ken gives the remedy. For any person who's ever been the victim of abusive spiritual authority, or for anyone seeking healing from the scars left by authoritative pastors who've cared more about themselves than the Kingdom, In the House of Friends is a God-send. I plan on purchasing many copies and giving them to people who've been "In the House of Friends" and need healing.
Author, Fraudulent Authority --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08CYB5G67
- Publisher : Wipf & Stock (July 13, 2020)
- Publication date : July 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 893 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 96 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,469 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Every family member of cult survivors, and every cult survivor themselves should also have a copy of this book. It can help you process and understand what exactly happened in a way that makes it feel like you weren't alone in your experience, that it wasn't your fault, and that what happened didn't come from thin air.
For those who have not read anything about cults or spiritual abuse, this is a great place to start to get an understanding of the toll these groups take on their victims. Even for those who are familiar with spiritual abuse and cults, there is much to gain here, especially the deep insight Garrett offers regarding Christian- or Bible-based cults.
Whether you are a survivor, a clinician, a pastor, or a curious bystander, you will find this book to be informative, sensitive, balanced, truthful, and, particularly for survivors, healing. Highly, highly recommended!
Ken, accurately depicts the narcissistic traits of the wolf in sheep’s clothing and details the manipulations employed to keep control. History shows that these wolves operate alone. It’s nearly always one man who drives the destruction. They have a common agenda to gain power, sex, and money. Garrett honestly and objectively details his battle against one man’s evil.
On page 30, Ken writes of the first day at the church, “And as far as I could determine, God had brought me to that living room that day. If I had known then what I know today of what that little living room church would become to me- and what it would do to me, and to my marriage and children- I would have thrown my folding chair through the front window, grabbed my wife and crawled out over the shards of glass.”
Ken mentions “sound doctrine” in his book. What that is, and how it applies to the church is at the heart of recognizing the false one.
The dictionary defines doctrine, "the essence of teachings in a given branch of knowledge or a belief system."
What was the essence of Christ’s teaching, of Christ's essential doctrine? It was the two great commandments:
“ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
The next question is, how do we love God? Jesus answers this way; “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. John 14:23-24.
Jesus teaches plainly, “You will know them by their fruits.”
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits, you will know them.” Matthew 15:15-20
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It’s a sad reality that many pastors are cult leaders! They are known by there fruit. Actions and words. The inside attitude is what comes out and gives identity to the pastor!
It’s nice to know there’s people out there that can relate! We all have our own stories an versions of church abuse! It only takes one experience to open your eyes to it!