Author Ellen Gillette was raised in the Church. Sunday school, youth group, Bible study, prayer meeting, worship services - if the door was opened, she and her family were there. Over the years her mother played the organ and was church secretary. Her dad sang in the choir. As an adult, Gillette taught, led, was an administrative assistant. She's been surrounded by people in the Church and says that at times, it's a "motley crew." Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is, and ALL who are, are in process. No one is perfected, and so the possibility of hurt exists, right there within church walls - the place people often come to in search of comfort and answers and direction.
Church/spiritual abuse takes many forms. It can range from (relatively) minor hurts such from gossip and character assassination to major offenses, such as sexual abuse.. Whatever form it takes, however, one thing is certain: It leaves scars. Often those abused leave the church in question. Others leave ALL churches, never to return. Sometimes they stay, afraid to leave, paralyzed by fear, insecurity, and shame. A healthier approach is to deal with the hurts in as productive a way as possible.
"Baaad Sheep" provides practical, biblical help in resolving issues. The principles are universal, however, which means that the book is helpful not only to people in the Church, but in any community of faith, even the workplace.