10 Reasons I Wrote, “Someone They Can Trust”:

3. Church, We Have a Problem

The novel I recently finished, “Someone They Can Trust”, takes place in a church a lot like mine, in a neighborhood a lot like mine. Because the setting will be familiar to some readers, I want to make one thing really clear – the abusive pastor in this novel is radically different from any pastor I have ever had in any church I’ve ever been to. I have only ever known pastors who are kind, decent, respectful and morally above reproach.

So if anyone reads an excerpt and recognizes my setting, please don’t think I’m talking about any of its pastors!

The fictional pastor in the book, is a compilation character who emerged from several alarming stories I heard from friends. Unfortunately these kinds of stories keep emerging in national media, and holding abusive leaders accountable doesn’t seem to be a strong suit for our churches. If we can’t discipline our leaders in a biblical way, we have a problem on our hands – that’s why I wrote this book.

2 thoughts on “10 Reasons I Wrote, “Someone They Can Trust”:

  1. We can pray your book opens the eyes of those in church leadership to signs of abusive behavior (in its many forms) among church staff and the need to address it. The longer heads remain in the sand, the more upsetting and painful the disclosure is when it comes.

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