Baptistland: A Memoir of Abuse, Betrayal, and Transformation

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.8 inches | 1.16 pounds

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About the Author
Named as one of the "top 10 religion newsmakers" of 2022, Christa Brown has persisted for two decades in working to peel back the truth about clergy sex abuse and coverups in the nation's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. As one of the first to go public with substantiated child molestation allegations against a Baptist minister-and documentation that others knew-she has consistently demanded reforms to make other kids and congregants safer. She's also the author of This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang, a retired appellate attorney, a mom, and a grandma. She lives with her husband in Colorado.
Boz Tchividjian is the grandchild of Billy and Ruth Graham. He is an attorney who recently joined the faculty of Liberty School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia.

"Christa's recovery from childhood horror, her tireless work to expose church complicity, and her savvy and relentless efforts to prevent more abuse and cover-ups are beyond admirable." -David Clohessy, activist and former executive director for the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

"In this steady, harrowing account, Christa Brown details the brutality of the social hierarchies of the Southern Baptist Convention. . . . In almost fractal-like fashion, the dominance and patriarchal aggression of abusive pastors is recreated in smaller and smaller settings, between husbands and wives, parents and children, older and younger siblings." -Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing

"Baptistland is the moving story of how Christa Brown broke cycles of intergenerational trauma, helped her fellow abuse survivors, and kept her sense of empathy and truth, even after the heartbreaking theft of faith." -Rev. Nathan Empsall, Executive Director of Faithful America

"Christa Brown has long been a crucial voice speaking out against clergy sexual abuse and its systematic cover-ups within the Southern Baptist Convention. Baptistland is a powerful and truly inspiring read!" -R. Marie Griffith, author of Moral Combat

"Overcomer. This word effectively describes Christa Brown. . . . When I read Baptistland, I was overwhelmed as I read of her emotional and physical abuse at home and school, as well as in church. Instead of becoming depressed and ineffective, she went on to become an appellate court lawyer and the most well-known advocate for change in how the SBC deals with sexual abuse. She persisted and triumphed and inspired me, as well as those who read her story, to do the same." -Dee Parsons, The Wartburg Watch

"Brown's determined advocacy for survivors is a model churches and other institutions would do well to follow. This memoir is a clear call for Christians to do better in their dealings with predators and survivors. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who cares about sexual abuse survivors, the problem of clergy abuse, and the need for churches to make structural changes to prevent abuse and support survivors." -Susan Shaw, author and professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University

"In Baptistland, Christa Brown bravely summons her own experiences of child abuse in her family and church as she stares down the abuse crisis that is rotting evangelicalism from the inside out." -R. L. Stollar, author of The Kingdom of Children

"Baptistland will make you weep. It will make you angry. It will break your heart. It will open your eyes. Christa Brown is not just a survivor-she is a hero we don't deserve." -Karen Swallow Prior, PhD, author of The Evangelical Imagination

"Christa Brown is renowned as a fierce and resilient advocate, someone who has demanded truth and justice from one of the most influential church bodies in the United States." -Sarah Stankorb, author of Disobedient Women