Dee Ann Miller has written three books that address the issues of collusion with abuse
in the faith community. Each are in
Her most recent relates to the 2016 Academy Award-winning movie SPOTLIGHT. Thus the title:
Enlarging Boston's SPOTLIGHT: A Call for Courage, Integrity, and Institutional Transformation (views from inside a Baptist Parsonage through the Donald Trump Era and beyond)
This book, released May 10, 2017, and available in both Kindle and as a 380-page paperback, is expected to open many doors. Miller will be offering workshops, soon to be announced, to groups of professionals and volunteers, at universities or for non-profits, advocates and activists alike. She also expects to have multiple You-Tubes, providing a window into subtopics she's taken on in the amazing story she tells. It's all about a quarter of a century of activism to which she has been an eye witness, as well as a very active participant, in making the world aware of the immense problems of complicity in the faith community, especially with sexual abuse by clerics. Yet the book goes far beyond this topic, offering tips and insights into the role of advocates and activists who are willing to take on the resistance to change in a society torn apart by oppression and violence. For more info, please email the author.
Her first book, How Little We Knew, published
in 1993, is well-known in the survivor community. It is Miller's first-person
story of the career loss she sustained, along with her husband, as they advocated for the removal of a missionary predator, who was a co-worker in Africa.
The second one, The Truth about Malarkey,
published in 2000, is reality-based fiction. The composite characters
are based on many readers who responded to How Little We Knew and scores of subsequent articles,
thereby inspiring the novel.
||How Little We Knew: Collusion and Confusion with Sexual Misconduct
by Dee Ann Miller
"Every health care professional and member
of the clergy needs to read this book. Those with little or
no experience with sexual abuse will find well-articulated insights
into the powerfully destructive ways abuse affects both the
victim and the community in which it takes place. For victims
of sexual abuse, it will provide strong consensual validation
that their responses are normal, that they aren't crazy, and
that there is help available." Judith Shelly, RN, MAR, Senior
Editor of Intervarsity's The Journal of Christian Nursing"
Other writers in the past decade have addressed such issues
as incest, violation and mistrust, even clergy abuse, but few
have acknowledged the magnitude of the systematic abuse addressed
here." from the forward by Dr. Bert Kae-Je', Diplomate AAPC,
Director of Education and Training, Pastoral Institute, Columbus,
What happens when a group of professional ministers suddenly
find themselves facing a sexual predator in their own midst?
They are forced to confront the illusions about safety in the
community of faith. This true story clearly illustrates the
common games of collusion and frequently gives us a glance at
the DIM Thinking which lies behind
The setting is unusual--deep in the heart of Africa,
where the Millers were serving as career missionaries. Yet the
dynamics will be all too familiar to any survivor or advocate
who has ever tried to expose sexual violence in a profession which
is expected to provide the model of healthy, moral living.
The story in How Little We Knew is
about whistle-blowing in the aftermath of the abuse of minors, as well as the blatant
assaults or molestation of adult co-workers, by a man who had
already spent a quarter of a century as a foreign missionary.
It clearly demonstrates how the greatest violation of clergy sexual abuse is the violation of the soul.
For ordering info, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
||The Truth About Malarkey
by Dee Ann Miller
It's been three years since Princeton graduate,
Dr. Mark Peterson, found himself booted out of a promising career
after blowing the whistle on a predecessor over sexual misconduct.
He's struggling, unsure if he even wants to go on with his profession,
when an unexpected phone call comes from a New York City screenwriter.
She wants to tell his story.
Sandy Ammons seems to know all about the Waco, Texas minister.
He's baffled, angry, and not the least bit appreciative of her
intrusion! Especially when she refuses to reveal her source of
As his next-door neighbor, ninety-two-year-old Grandma Cora
has a ringside seat to Peterson's personal conflicts. Both the
one that brought him to this point in his life and the latest
one that started with Ammon's phone call. Grandma's been beside
him, in his frustrations, for three years. And she's still listening
as he confides in her his fears, doubts, and ethical dilemmas,
in regard to going public.
In Grandma's thinking, she's writing this solely for her seven-year-old
great-grandson Davey, who will be reading it whenever his mama
decides he's old enough. Of course, she knows that she won't be
around at that time because, as she puts it, "this story is definitely
NOT for children!" yet she's convinced he needs to hear it, when
the time is right, even if Ammons never gets her wishes to see
it as a made-for-television movie.
So she tells all, with a good deal of satire, Texas colloquialism,
personal pride, and a no-nonsense approach. Ultimately, Peterson
gets assistance in discovering the mystery source, is forced to
re-examine his initial decision about the Ammon's proposal, and
finds himself feeling a lot more confident about things than he
has in years. So does Grandma Cora.