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This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang

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In this groundbreaking memoir and exposé, Christa Brown tells the story of clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in the largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. As she shares her journey from trusting church girl to tenacious advocate for children's safety, Brown shines a light on the patterns of preacher-predators and the collusion of evangelical leaders ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Foremost Press
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Jeri Massi
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a "must read" for survivors of clergy abuse and for all professing Christians who believe in the congregational style of church government stipulated by Baptist denominations. Without self pity or self indulgence, Christa Brown maps out exactly how she was manipulated as an innocent, guileless teenager into becoming the obedient, submissive sexual partner to a Southern Baptist youth pastor who continually used Scripture to assure her that this was God's will for her, and who answere ...more
Joy Harris
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abuse-dv
Powerful story of Christa's teen abuse by a baptist pastor and the unbelievable documented trail of leadership who tried to silence, threaten, ignore and malign her. It made my blood boil and Christa has my highest respect for her bravery and sacrifice on behalf of children in the SBC. ...more
Todd Wilhelm
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A heart wrenching read of abuse in the Southern Baptist denomination. The author was abused by a pastor and nobody in her church or denomination was interested in helping her.

"If a much-respected leader like Joe Trull couldn't convince his own church of how inappropriate their $50,000 "love offering" for Reynolds was, how can Baptist leaders imagine that a child molestation victim - a person who has often been away from the church for many years - can go to the church as an outsider and convinc
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Suzanne
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I can't quite say that I enjoyed this book, unless being horribly angry is enjoyable.

This is an important story to tell, and I'm glad that she told it and continues to tell it. I hope that it eventually leads to some kind of accountability system in a group that prides itself on being so virtuous. There is no virtue without accountability. Also, I would not be sad if her predator (and all predators like him) were to get stabbed in the face.
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Pam
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book tells an important story of how people are further victimizing victims of abuse. In this case, it was sexual abuse by someone in the clergy—a youth minister. It not only wasn’t reported, or prosecuted, it was covered up and she was blamed.

We can learn so much from what should not have happened to her.
Beverly Garside
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"If all these men are right, it means I'm disposable. What happened to me simply doesn't matter and I'm making a big deal out of nothing."

Christa Brown was a 16-year-old girl in a troubled family in Farmers Branch, Texas. Christa loved the Lord and she loved her church. So when her youth minister started paying extra attention to her, she felt special and loved. When he told her that God meant for them to be together, she believed him. When that relationship included repeatedly raping her, he t
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Carolyn
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christa has been a front running, trailblazing survivor and advocate in the area of sexual abuse cover-ups in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Her story is commonplace yet every story is unique unto itself. The commonalities are clergy predators and leadership coverups that run deep and wide throughout church communities. The uniqueness is that Christa never stopped trying to get the SBC leadership's attention. She never stopped trying to protect children. She still is helping to uncover wolves
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C. Michael
A sad story. Still not enough is being done to address the problems identified in this book.
Sarah
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so well written and informative and infuriating. Every Southern Baptist should read this book. It’s enlightening and maddening.
Terri
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"If all these men are right, then that means I'm the one who's making a big deal out of nothing. If all these men are right, then it means that what happened to me doesn't even matter enough that it's worth the bother of tring to make sure it doesn't happen to someone else. If all these men are right, it means I'm disposable. What happened to me simply doesn't matter and I'm making a big deal out of nothing."

16 year old, Christa Brown, was groomed and then sexually assaulted by the29 year old yo
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Faustine
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Un livre important et nécessaire. La lecture de ce livre brise le cœur.
Christa Brown raconte son douloureux périple dans les églises Baptistes du Sud : d'abord l'abus sexuel dont elle a été victime lorsqu'elle n'avait que 16 ans , puis son combat pour la justice.

Ce livre nous montre des hommes d'églises (pasteurs, diacres etc.) qui ont décidé de fermer les yeux sur un viol, qui ont choisis de préserver leur réputation au lieu de faire justice à une victime et qui ont laissé en place en tant que
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