Posts in The Revolutionary
What To Do When Someone You Love Is Suffering From Church Hurt

Am I talking about this again? Yes. Why? Because it’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, those with the power to help heal church hurt actually don’t want to talk about it, and the majority of those who do talk about it do so in a way that is unhealthy. Usually a fight follows, and no good comes out of that. 

Let’s skip the arguments. Our brothers and sisters are hurting. It’s not time to focus on who did what to whom, in what way, at what time, and point fingers at each other. It’s time to heal. 

Before we proceed, let’s get an understanding. When I use the phrase “church hurt” I’m not talking about petty unforgiveness over superficial disagreements. It’s not about being upset over a parking space or who sung the lead solo during the Christmas program. If that keeps you out of church you have growing to do. A lot

I’m talking about the pain that runs deep. Trauma. The kind that leaves believers walking away with spiritual PTSD. Overcoming abuse is hard, especially when it comes from the people who you trusted to speak on behalf of God. That’s especially hard, and a lot of people walk away from their faith because they feel it’s impossible to overcome. That’s the kind of church hurt I’m talking about. Below I have listed five things you can do to help a loved one who is suffering from church hurt. 

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3 Traits of Christian Cults

One of my favorite quotes in my latest work, The Revolutionary, is spoken by the ridiculed but heroic Omar. 

“The sign of a true ministry is the glorification of Christ, not the ministry's leader, or an act of service. Never forget that. I'm telling you, you better find a way to get away from The Allegiance. It’s not a ministry. It's a cult."

Like Amanda, many people don’t realize they’ve gotten involved with a cult until the damage has already been done. This is happening in the Christian community. People are going to worship services Sunday after Sunday, not realizing they’re actually in a cult until things go unbearably wrong.  

I don’t write this post to scare or offend you. I write these things to warn you.

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The Most Difficult 100 Pages I Have Ever Written

The final installment of The Revolutionary Series is now available on Kindle. 

I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this ebook was the most difficult that I have ever written.

It wasn't because of the storyline. It’d been in my head for nearly two years. I knew exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. 

It wasn’t the characters, either. I knew them all. Aspects of their histories are jotted down in the countless cute notebooks I’ve habitually purchase from TJ Maxx. Even now, after the final portion of their story has been released for the world to read, they still sit with me. 

For a while I wondered if the actual writing was what had me at a standstill. For the first time I was writing in third person. I’d been told repeatedly by several authors that it would be easier and I would be more productive. (Not true. Going back to first person. It works for me. 🙂) 

Then I realized it was the actual story. Writing about a young woman who unknowingly entered a cult tapped into emotions I didn’t know I still had. I couldn’t write this story because the parallels to my own were unsettling. 

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