E105 Rev. Elaine Briefman on Overcoming Spiritual Abuse

Welcome back, friends! Here we go!!! Pastor Elaine Briefman has been a guest on the podcast previously. You can find that episode here

In this episode, we define spiritual abuse, narcissism, gaslighting, and the challenges of dealing with it inside the church walls. Check out some links below fore more informaiton.

Signs of Spiritual Abuse

25 Signs of Abuse

Spiritual Abuse: A Working Definition by Scot McKnight



Dr. Letiah Fraser on Disability Theology

Welcome back to the podcast! I know, I know. It’s been six months and we have so much to talk about. 

Dr. Letiah Fraser talks about Disability Theology and how the Church can be the best version of Herself. 

The Disabled God

I’m Not Your Inspiration – Ted Talk



Top Ten Reads of 2022

Welcome 2023! I’m ready for this year and I’ve already read one book. I didn’t hit my reading goal last year, but there were several good ones. Here’s my top reads of 2022.

Where the Light Fell by Philip Yancey – this is a memoir, and Yancey doesn’t disappoint. He’s an artist with words. I honestly resisted reading it because I thought it would be rhetoric, but Yancey tells the hard truths of his life. Bravo!

Preaching to Those Walking Away by Graham Standish – this book is filled with practical steps and the reasons why they work. Hang in there for the first chapter. I was ready to stop reading. But there’s a shift early on in the book that keeps you engaged. Definitely worth reading more than once.

God of Justice and Mercy by Isabel Hamley – it’s an excellent commentary on the Book of Judges. I highlighted most of it. You will want this in your library if you preach or teach.

When Women Lead by Carolyn Moore – she was speaking my language and articulated things that were hard to put into words. I love her authenticity and energy. Lots of practical advice.

Love Undocumented by Sarah Quezada – this author weaves her story throughout the book while helping us to better understand the immigration process. Informative and relatable. Also, she was a guest on the podcast.

Speaking by the Numbers by Sean Palmer – this is a primer on the enneagram, but from the perspective of a speaker/preacher. He walks the reader through each number and how they receive your message. It’s practical and inspiring.

Developing Female Leaders by Kadi Cole – I really appreciate the author’s easy-read style. Cole has great insights from years of developing leaders. It’s a great book for women and men, and the chapter on the Billy Graham Rule is fabulous.

Divergent Mind by Jenara Nerenberg – this book came at the right time. You know what I mean? Good insight. It felt like she was in my head.

Influencer by Patterson, Grenny, and Maxfield – the authors had good ideas and insights about being an influential leader. We’re all leaders in some way, which makes it relevant no matter who reads it.

The Quiet Before by Gal Beckerman – such a great history book! If you like history, you will love this book. It reads like a novel

Happy reading in 2023!