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The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church Paperback – October 1, 2005
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David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980. During this time, the church has grown from a congregation of 160 to 3,000 people. A much sought-after speaker, he is a graduate of Bethel College and received his theological training at Bethel Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His Growing in Grace radio broadcast is syndicated internationally. David and his family live in Minnesota.
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I don't "love it" as my 5-star rating would indicate. What I appreciate is that it was written... and that it was written to pour light on a very dark subject.
The material in this book was instrumental in freeing someone very special to me as they were going through much about which the book warns.
If you're feeling that your position in the Messiah is based on "how well you're doing" in your works -- especially when the checklist is being mandated by someone in an authority position, please read this book. Experience that your position is secure in His work and not your own.
If you feel conviction, though, internally -- from the still, small voice, THAT is what you heed... and He will give you the strength to become more refined.
As C.S. Lewis says, "Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst." This book will help be a guide to help you heal from those who wounded, those that spiritually manipulated and mistreated you.
This book is for leaders in the church to continue to learn healthy leadership. It is for the one who has been abused or the abuser to seek healing and change. Grateful for this book.
So glad that I made this purchase. After years of questioning what we were witnessing and feeling like we were alone and maybe even wrong it was refreshing to read these encouraging words that affirmed we were seeing clearly.
I would recommend ANYONE in ministry read this book or really anyone that has experienced any kind of abuse could find healing in these pages! I have already given my copy to someone else that I felt may need to read these hope filled words!
I would highly suggest this book as a tool for anyone looking for healing or looking to understand the wounded.
A must read for Every believer for the next level of their own maturity to handle offense at the hands of immature/ abusive leaders.