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Lord, how long shall the wicked triumph?....

How long shall they utter and speak harsh things?....
They break into pieces thy people....
Yet they say: "The Lord shall not see!"
(Psalm 94:3-7)

 

Books by Dee Ann Miller

 

Dee Ann Miller has written three books that address the issues of collusion with abuse in the faith community. Each are in story form.

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, Georgia.

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 games.

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.

Summary of
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 information.

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.

BOTH of these first two books come as a package for only $25 through PayPal (includes shipping for USA orders). Customers outside the U. S., please contact me BEFORE ordering.