Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness

by Barbara M. Orlowski. Wipf and Stock, 2010.

This comprehensive guide looks at spiritual abuse by clergy and lay leaders through a lens of scholarly literature, interviews, and scripture to provide a deeper understanding of the topic and how to recover from it.


summary of scholarly literature, interviews from clergy and lay leaders, biblical text, patterns of healing and recovery for victims

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Reflect on the authoritarian and hierarchical governance structures of the congregation and identify ways those practices may encourage spiritual abuse.
  • Start the process of healing and recovery for victims by following the suggestions in the resource.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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