Firstly, I am a Christian who has been wounded in the church and am in dire need of inner healing. The signs of Spiritual Abuse exist in a few of the churches that I have attended over the years. This book will help you identify the signs of Spritual Abuse and how to properly address them. You must understand that this book is not to bash the leadership of any church or ministry.
I am a leader within my own home church congregation. Due to my own personal experiences with Spiritual Abuse while in a prior leadership role and position, I had to seek for this book and its information in hopes of starting my healing process and journey to recovery.
I can attest to the fact that this book was written as a sole means of providing the believer a way out of a very detrimental spiritual experience that could haunt them for the rest of their life.
If you have been unctioned to read this book, God bless you! Please take into consideration everything that is written. It will help God's healing virtue flow through your soul so that you may return to your original state of knowing and believing who God is, absent of the misrepresentation of God by the spiritual authority that you know.
I was in an abusive church for eleven years. I did not realize it at that time. I tired so hard to please my demanding pastor. He controlled almost every aspect of my life. I felt so barren spiritually. I was an associate pastor. I faithfully served the church for eleven years. I worked 60 hours a week. I served in many capacities. My wife and young children suffered my neglect all in the name of pleasing my pastor. Despite my sacrifices, it was still not good enough. I was called to do more and more. I was on brink of complete breakdown when Lord led me this book. It profoundly changed my life! I am now free and recovering from spiritual abuse. If it was not for this book, I will be still blind and still in an abusive relationship. This book penetrated my erroneous theological training that pastor holds absolute power over my spiritual life. If you are in an spiritually abusive relationship, read this book! Or give it someone who you noticed has a pastor who seem to control many aspects of their life.
This book is the best i have read on the subject matter which is prevalent than Christians care to admit. I found this book insightful, the examples were spot on, the encouragement and guide to interpret scripture in the proper context was excellent.The background of the authors also helped explain many aspects and impacts of abuse.By far the best book on the subject matter.
A very enlightening book to read, about the snares and terrible consequences of judgementalism and other pseudo-christian systems that crush people.Usefull, too, to detect one's own tendencies of abusing - even unwillingly - and to develop true relationships and motivations that match what Jesus teaches us.