A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Spiritual Abuse

Are you walking on eggshells?

ACFJ blog post by Barbara Roberts

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife:  My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse

by Ruth A Tucker.  Ruth recounts a harrowing story of abuse at the hands of her husband, a well-educated charming preacher no less, in hope that her story would help other women caught in a cycle of domestic violence and offer a balanced biblical approach to counter such abuse for pastors and counselors.

The Christian Patriarchy Movement’s Dark Secret of Wife Spanking

by Julie Anne at the Spiritual Sounding Board.

Church Exiters

A website devoted to unmasking spiritual abuse, maintained by Barb Orlowski and her team.

Narcissism and the System it Breeds

Dr. Langberg, clinical faculty with Missio Seminary (was Biblical Seminary) and GTRI, lectures on the characteristics of narcissistic leaders and the temptations for organizational systems to support them.  This five-part video will help you to 1) identify common features of narcissistic leaders and organization, 2) examine individual and system vulnerabilities to toxic leadership, 3) summarize best practices for therapy with narcissistic individuals, and 4) compare leadership style of Jesus Christ and egocentric and demanding church leaders. The video series is found about half-way down the page.

Rebecca Davis disentangles the concept of bitterness

Rethinking Bitterness: Rebecca Davis: Awaken Conference 2019

Spiritual Abuse Recovery Resources

by Jeff VanVonderen and his colleagues.

Spiritual abuse and the book of Galatians

by Barbara Orlowski.


  1. Georgia

    About a year and a half ago World Magazine had a short review on a book that was written for Christian youth who were feeling pressure from their churches, teachers, etc. to work hard at doing something extraordinary for God. The review mentioned that this was a subtle works-related belief that is very popular in today’s churches, though those putting on the pressure would not consider themselves work-based, but faith-based. I don’t recall the name of the book or the author, but I would love to get ahold of that book for my 17-year-old. Are you, by any chance, aware of a book that might fit this description? I’ve written to World Magazine and was told they could not find what I was looking for.

    • Georgia, check here

      I think one of our FB readers has given you an answer.

    • Hi Georgia, I haven’t heard of a book like that. I hope one or our readers can help out. I suggest you resubmit this comment, at our Prayer Requests page, and tick the little box so you get notified of any replies to your request. That page has a lot more people following it than this page. I shall aslo put your request on our Facebook page, so check for replies there as well.

  2. Marie

    “Runaway Radical” is a book that sounds like what Georgia is looking for. I found the book very comforting. Being “radical” for Jesus: The stories that don’t get told [Internet Archive link]

    • Thanks Marie.
      Readers: we’ve published the book Marie named without checking it out, because we trust that anything which comes from Boz Tjividjian is okay.

  3. Marie

    I’d like to clarify-it was NOT comforting what happened to Jonathan, but it was comforting that he began to heal himself and heal others (emotionally).

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