by Cindy FosterTHE CHURCH WE WEREThe Preacher and his wife graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. At the time he attended there, the college was quite conservative. There were strict rules about dress, dating, curfews, entertainment, music and much more.The Preacher actually grew up in Springfield and was a member of a church that was not nearly as rigid in its standards as the college was, so in the beginning of his ministry as pastor, he did not have the extreme beliefs that he eventually embraced later in his ministry.It was several years after the church had started and was established with its own building that the more relaxed climate began … [Read more...]
The Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network is open to all bloggers who are survivors of spiritual abuse regardless of what faith tradition they come from or where they are at now spirituality-wise.Part of the success of the SASBN is our willingness to cooperatively work together and cross-promote the blogs and blog posts of other network participants. Individual members are encouraged to post links to the SASBN member blogs on the sidebar of their blogs and link to, crosspost, or discuss SASBN articles as a source of blogging material and discussion topics.It is not required, however, to link to every blog in the network. We are aware that the diversity of the Spiritual Abuse … [Read more...]
SASBN Blogging Tips: Should I use my real name, or blog anonymously, when writing about spiritual abuse?
by Vyckie GarrisonThis is the first question every spiritual abuse survivor should consider before writing about your personal story online.Most of us go back and forth, weighing the benefits and potential risks, before making the decision either to use our real names or write anonymously. Here's a list of considerations which will help you determine the best choice for you:Real Name Pros:Greatly increases the credibility of your story.No worries about being "outed."You will be able to do TV interviews, YouTube videos, accept speaking invitations, etc.Much less confusing!No need for an additional "anonymous" email address or Facebook page.Allows you to … [Read more...]
The Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network welcomes new member, Cindy Foster, who blogs at Baptist Taliban and Beyond.By way of introduction, Cindy writes: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. My family were members of a wonderful Baptist church that started a Christian school in my Junior year of high school. I graduated from there then enrolled in Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. where I studied a little but played a lot.I met my husband, Paul who liked to play more than I did. He was adopted as an infant by veteran missionaries to Seoul, Korea, Ike and Jane Foster. They served there from 1953 until their deaths, mother- 2006 and father- 2010 for a total of 57 ye … [Read more...]
by Cindy FosterEditors note: Please welcome Baptist Taliban to our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network! She will be writing a new series for us.REASONSIn order to add some context to the articles I have written on this blog I want to designate a page to summarize our story from beginning to end.It is my hope, as it has always been, to expose not only the wrongs that The Preacher was guilty of, but to own the actual wrongs we committed as opposed to what The Preacher has stated publicly using skilled innuendo and out-right public accusations.Since it is obvious that sides have been chosen between our family and The Preacher’s, the resulting division and e … [Read more...]
About the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs NetworkWelcome Spiritual Abuse Survivors!We are here to assist one another to amplify the voices of spiritual abuse survivors by growing blog readership and raising awareness of the issue of spiritual abuse.Bloggers who wish to join the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network must meet the following criteria:You must be a survivor of spiritual abuse. (Obviously!)You must have a blog - the topic of your blog, however, does not necessarily have to be exclusively about spiritual abuse. It would be great if you share part or all of your story on your blog, but it is not a requirement.That's it. We like to keep things simple. … [Read more...]
The Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network is a project of Vyckie Garrison and the guest writers at No Longer Quivering.The network began when Vyckie noticed that NLQ forum member, Libby Anne, seemed to be doing a lot of processing of her quiverfull experience through frequent posts and comments. She encouraged Libby Anne to write her story for NLQ - which she did - and in the process, discovered that she loves blogging!Around that time, due to on-going health issues, Vyckie was struggling to keep the No Longer Quivering site updated and rarely was able to write any new content herself. Recognizing Libby Anne's blogging potential as an opportunity to continue raising awareness of … [Read more...]