Author Archives: By Thy Words

The Priceless Privilege: Part 8- Rosemary’s Covering

After a LONG hiatus, we’re ready to catch up with Paul and Rosemary again. For those just joining us, this is the touching account of how Rosemary’s struggles and triumphs as she goes from a clearly dysfunctional church to a controlling church that pretends to be functional, with all the mental gymnastics on full display. Last installment […]

The Snare of the Fowler (Part 3)

Welcome back for Part 3 of the Christian Example Series, The Snare of the Fowler.As you may remember, Nathan is a troubled young man with a penchant for long distance trucking, movies, and talking to hardware store clerks. However, on a recent long-distance haul in Georgia, Nathan’s truck broke down. Stranded in the wilderness with […]

The Priceless Privilege: Part 7

We’re back again for another look at the mental contortions required to keep the flock in line when you are part of an extremely conservative and coercive religious sect. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, I recommend that you do so first, because this post builds on that one.   As you recall, Menno and […]

The Priceless Privilege (Part 3): The Visit

In today’s chapter of The Priceless Privilege, Rosemary gets to visit Hope Valley. It is the church that will (spoiler alert) be the answer to all her problems, a church where things are done according to the Bible, and there is peace and love, and so forth. My sources have identified the real life location […]