- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Global Strategic Resources; First Edition edition (September 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975421484
- ISBN-13: 978-0975421482
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,759,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Occult: They Didn't Think it Could Happen in Their Church Paperback – September 25, 2005
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We're introduced to a woman named Penny who doesn't really know God, who hopes to marry Rick, a professional golfer. However, she moves to a different state and when a co-worker invites her to Grace Church, she is touched during the singing and gives her life to God. Penny jumps right in at the church and even signs up for their Bible College. Rick comes to visit and is disturbed at the changes in her and doesn't enjoy his visit to the church.
In the opening chapters we find a church which covers up sexual improprieties. In the past, the pastor has covered for a senior elder's affair with a 16 year old member. The pastor himself is currently facing two different accusations of inappropriate contact.
Laurina, one of the accusers and the one the elder had the affair with, has a meeting with the pastor and some church officials and is persuaded by them that nothing wrong happened (an interesting section to read). She agrees to support the pastor in the other accusation brought by Jolene and her husband. Jolene and her family are disfellowshipped during a three hour Sunday evening service and members are no longer to have contact with them or speak of them. It's portrayed by the pastor as an effort of the devil to destroy him and thus the people at Grace Church.
While the church appears at first glance to be a large, healthy, thriving body of believers, we soon discover the many fractures in its foundation.Read more ›
The main character, Penny, becomes SLOWLY enchanted by externally well-meaning people that only have internal corruption in mind.
What is even more powerful is that this story is based upon true accounts of an event that took place in the Pacific Northwest.
Many lessons to be learned here - be it spiritually or humanitarian.
Just as a majority of Catholic churches do not have occurences of child abuse, neither do Pentecostal and/or charasmatic churches support this view of sexuality.
This book sensationalized a few isolated, rare incidences of such a problem and positioned it as the norm for these types of churches.
I shudder to think of what novel she would write about regarding the Catholic church.