Disobedient Women: How a Small Group of Faithful Women Exposed Abuse, Brought Down Powerful Pastors, and Ignited an Evangelical Reckoning

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6.37 X 9.23 X 1.15 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
SARAH STANKORB has written hundreds of reported articles and essays, which have appeared in publications, including: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, and VICE. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and as a kid, often found escape in books. She studied religion and philosophy at Westminster College, and ethics and South Asian religion and history at the University of Chicago's Divinity School. Her beat spans religion, politics, gender, and power, but is informed by questions of basic morality. This means investigating wrongdoing; it can mean reporting on how people find the strength to prevail. Sarah lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.
"Filled with accounts of survivors who exposed the shocking patterns of abuse plaguing conservative Christian churches, Disobedient Women centers the voices of women who spoke truth to power and forced an evangelical reckoning. A moving testament to the courage and resilience of women who refused to stay silent."
--Kristin Kobes du Mez, author of Jesus and John Wayne

"Sarah Stankorb takes readers through the ugliest sins and broken places of modern American Christianity, and reminds us that our country's best heroes are those whose voices were silenced for far too long. In Disobedient Women, you won't be spared the hard truth about religion - but you'll also find women in whom to place your trust."

--Angela Denker, pastor and author of Red State Christians

"With meticulous reporting and deft writing, journalist Sarah Stankorb tells the story of women who despite great odds and opposition stood up to the Christian leaders and system that abused them and told them they were worthless unless they obeyed... In between the stories of survivors, Stankorb tells the story of the unraveling of her own faith and her own struggles to escape the pain of her family's past and find a way forward."

--Bob Smeitana, author of Reorganized Religion
"A book full of devastating honesty, active empathy, and a desire to bring what is holy and abject to light at the same time... As a seasoned reporter, she writes with candor and grace. Stankorb's is a mature voice, but one that hasn't lost its sense of urgency or care. The result is a work that will open readers' eyes to the devastating effects such abuse can have on women, and hope that the more things change . . . the more they might be different next time."
--Brad Onishi, author of Preparing for War and co-host of Straight White American Jesus
"For much of its history white evangelicalism thrived on identifying threats external to the church which served to mobilize those in the pews toward greater devotion. By elevating the brave voices of those who were sexually abused by church leaders and then ignored and abandoned, Sarah Stankorb demonstrates that one of the greatest threats to evangelical witness actually came from within. If there is a future for white evangelicalism, it must include a deep reckoning with the savage destruction caused by abuse. This story is far from over and this book is an ideal place to start the journey."
--Andrew Whitehead, author of Taking America Back for God
"Sarah Stankorb writes with extreme empathy about generations of women who grew up in the church and are finding a way out... unwinding a mental landscape of power and sexuality that informed their entire selves. It takes incredible strength to do this, and Stankorb deeply understands each woman's journey."
--Michelle Legro, editor at WIRED

"Journalist Stankorb debuts with an intimate and engrossing look at how a small number of evangelical women have engaged in an "Online battle" with the American evangelical church, challenging the rigid gender roles favored by ultraconservative church leaders... Sheds fascinating light on the process of deprogramming from extremist religion. Weaving in her own faith journey as the child of an abusive alcoholic father, Stankorb delivers a compassionate portrait of pain and perseverance."

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A long overdue expose of how girls and women have been the victims of institutionally protected abuse by all too many previously unaccountable leaders within the Evangelical Christian community in America... highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review