Outstanding! A must read for all church leaders as well as the congregations. Johnson and Van Vonderen are to be commended for putting such a complex subject into easily understood format (written to an average person reading level). I especially like the way Scripture references are put in their proper contexts. As a church member for 66 years, and a believer for 56 of those years, the book has been a real burden lifter for me. I highly recommended it.
Freedom in Christ...!There can be no doubt whatsoever that most, if not all of the troubles in the Church today are due to a departure from the the Word of God as the absolute sole authority in all matters of true Christian Faith and Practice...replaced with "man made" rules and regulations. Our focus on "who" we are to worship, has been doggedly and subtlety shifted to "how" we worship...leaving so many lost, confused, angry people in it's wake.This book will go a long way in returning so many of the lost souls who have been forced out of the church by the "leaders" who are focused more on the bottom line than the Great Commission.If you have any reservations about purchasing this book...please let me help in dispelling them. Don't wait another moment...get your copy today...and begin shake off the shackles of "foolishness"...return to the time when you could freely enjoy the "joy of your salvation"
After being affiliated with a larger church that had much controversy attached to it, our church disaffiliated, yet still lived in the "doctrine" of this cult. It was suggested out congregation read this book, and the people that are reading this are getting healed/delivered, and set free from the abusive, legalistic (even though grace and mercy were attached to the name). This is a must have for anyone in or has been in a spiritually abusive system. The LORD has healed so much in my life and I've never had a freer walk with HIM.
I stumbled upon this book at our local bookstore and knew it was meant for me to read.Our family has been "freeing ourselves" from a spiritually abusive church for some time now and I needed to understand what I was dealing with...the anger/rage, sadness, betrayal and on and on. I felt as though my walk with God had been perverted by my being abused for so long. Ultimately, this book has helped me see and deal with areas that I could not even detect myself. We are still healing from our family's ordeal with 12 yrs of abuse, but with this insightful book we have made great strides on the road to recovery. Thank you so much for writing what few others have the guts to right. I highly recommend this to anyone that has suffered from manipulation and lies in the name of God.God bless you.