Deception in the Pews: Exposing the hidden dangers that lurk within religions

 
9780970290984: Deception in the Pews: Exposing the hidden dangers that lurk within religions

Spanning denominations, Deception in the Pews documentsthe anguish, despair and damage suffered by believers who have endureddeceit and abuse at the hands of the very faith leaders sworn to teach,mentor and nurture them spiritually. This long overdue book examineswhat too often transpires when faith leaders fail to lead, optinginstead to deceive and abuse while hiding behind scripture, pulpits,confessionals and closed doors.

The co-authors of Deception in the Pews thoughtfully examine herein the devastating impact on the wounded whenbelievers abandon logic and ignore the sins of authority figures wholead them astray.

Deception Thrives!
Deception.Erroneous interpretation of good words with self-serving evil intent.Psychological, sexual or financial abuse causing reckless familydestruction. These foreboding maladies woefully afflict houses ofworship worldwide today at the hands of the very religious leaderscondemning these acts from the pulpit week after week. These deceptivebehaviors threaten to diminish trust in spiritual leaders, tarnishlongstanding worship institutions and weaken the faith of theirfollowers. The danger is broadly visible, and it is real. While thedeception that permeates many worship places nowadays is not new, theissue and its tragic consequences is all too often discounted or garners precious little media attention. Within the pages of this book, thetruth about spiritual deception is now being told.

Deception in the Pews features captivating stories, many untold until now, which expose theworld of danger, confusion and pain that many worshippers unwittinglynavigate in search of spiritual fulfillment.

Are You Being Deceived?
Deception is global, non-denominational and multicultural. Would you recognizethe warning signs of spiritual abuse? Deception in the Pews takes thereader on a journey while offering thoughtful insights, counsel andhealing techniques that point to the path of recovery for anyone who has ever been victimized. From awareness to prevention, this book examineshow spiritual leaders prey upon the unsuspecting. Are you at risk ofbeing deceived?

Highlighted herein are 10 warning signs that point to potential abusive leaders which everyone should be aware of, including:

* Displays a superiority complex
* Instills fear
* Is a one-man or one-woman show
* Assumes no accountability for their actions
* Uses isolation as a tactic to deceive

Deception in the Pews also features a diverse collection of cautionary stories depicting abuse across religions ranging from:

* Rabbi arrested for voyeurism after secretly recording female congregants
  while they were naked in the Mikvah.
* A pastor was caught breaking into a parishioner's home on Christmas Eve.
* Former Hindu Temple priest sentenced to over 20 years in prison on felony
  counts including bank fraud, tax fraud and obstruction.

Deception in the Pews promises to captivate, to confront, to empower and to touch a nerve among both believers and non-believers alike.

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About the Author:

Erik Campano has reported, and been cited extensively, on religious corruption. A former New York and Connecticut host of NPR's All Things Considered and world news anchor at the public radio networks of France and Germany, as well as blogger at Patheos and columnist at the Columbia Spectator, he has written extensively on sexual misconduct and other kinds of abuse and cover-ups in religion, universities, and other institutions. Campano has been quoted in Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, and New York magazine, and has won a Columbia University Service Award for "for contributing to the dialogue about sexual respect around campus." One of his academic interests is in studying PTSD and other health effects stemming from religious abuse and deception, particularly in crisis and post-crisis zones. Campano is currently pursuing his doctorate in medicine at the University of Milan, Italy, specializing in international emergency medicine.

Isabel Esteviz is a freelance writer and a former video editor for WSVN in Miami.  Isabel has a passion for helping others and also participates in local Chicago programs such as Year Up and Back on My Feet where she serves as a mentor to young adults and has served as a contributing writer to raise awareness for these organizations. Isabel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.  She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband Charlie and their three children; Bobby, Benny and Brandon.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family.

Sheila Taylor-Downer is a Certified Professional Coach. She founded Professional Prodigy, Inc. a women's empowerment firm, with the belief that she could make a difference. Sheila is a motivational speaker, inspirational author and dynamic presenter. She has spoken nationally and appeared on WVON s Radio Station Movers and Shakers. Sheila's success as a Certified Professional Life Coach and speaker comes from helping entrepreneurs and business professionals find the courage and confidence to create their own definition of success. Her bestselling book Motivated by Passion, Held Back by Fear explores the elements of passion and the fears that prevents us from achieving our goals. Women in Power: A Narrative of Triumphs and Defeats, her 2nd release, reveals that no matter what the obstacle may be, you can overcome anything. Sheila is a mother of beautiful twin daughters, BreAnna and Brittany Downer. She served as Area Governor for Toastmasters International, receiving one of the top awards. She is a member of the Nat'l Assoc. of Female Executives, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Business Owners and 100 Women Networking. Sheila is a champion of equality and a woman focused on improving society for women and children.

Robyn Williams is the author of three bestselling novels, Preconceived Notions, A Twist of Fate and A Fool s Paradise. Her works have been featured in Essence, Emerge, Heart and Soul, Ebony, and Ebony Man magazines. Robyn collaborates on a number of non-fiction projects for pastors, teachers and first-time writers. She founded The Bestow Foundation, a not-for-profit literacy organization dedicated to improving literacy skills of Chicago-area adults and families. A trusted professional, Robyn is a Business Development Assoc. for a member-based firm which supports families of exceptional wealth, offering them education on best practices and next generation issues. Robyn serves as Program Manager for Operation Change Chicago, a community-based, not for profit which focuses on musculoskeletal disparities in African American and Latino populations. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University.

Review:

"Told in a perfect balance of riveting, first-person victim's testimonies and thoughtful, well-researched examinations of aberrant behaviors, Deception in the Pews is a must-read for those yearning for the truth of rarely acknowledged, behind-the-scenes evil doings within many religious institutions. This long-overdue book documents how some pastors, faith leaders and churches--regardless of denomination--manipulate, mislead, abuse, steal and even destroy in the sight of God, and often in His name, for their own selfish gratification and personal gain.

"Whether it's the loss of a child's innocence, the seduction of a doting husband's wife, or the draining of a faithful congregant's life savings, this tome lifts the veil on the epidemic of spiritual deception and bares all, asking the hard questions while challenging trusted houses of worship to clean up their act."

 ~ Ronald E. Childs, Chicago-based journalist

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