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Questions from the Mailbag

19 February 2014, 13:22



Recovering Grace has been receiving many questions via email and through comments on our site. This is an understandable result of the current series of articles running on Recovering Grace. To more efficiently answers these questions, we have prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Q. What is Recovering Grace doing to pursue legal action […]

Ruth’s Story

12 February 2014, 06:00

Larne G


As the jet taxied away from the terminal that winter day in 1970, the parents tearfully waving off their teenage daughter never imagined how many years would pass before she truly returned. She was embarking on a journey that would last nearly a decade, and when it was over no one would ever be able […]

The GOTHARD Files: The Sleeping Giant

10 February 2014, 06:00



Today’s article is an introduction to a 3-part series on the early history of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). Please understand that behind the scenes of these articles is a substantial library of documentation. From the beginning of Recovering Grace, most of our articles have been written by former ATI students and IBLP […]

The GOTHARD Files: A Case for Disqualification

3 February 2014, 06:00



Dear Recovering Grace Reader, Today we would like to prayerfully share with you some important information about what is going to be happening on our website over the next few months. When we launched our website in July of 2011, we did so with the express mission of helping people whose lives have been impacted […]

The GOTHARD Files: A Case for Disqualification

3 February 2014, 00:11



Series Overview: •  Gracenote–The GOTHARD files: A Case for Disqualification. February 3, 2014. •  The GOTHARD Files: Corresponding with Bill. February 4, 2014. •  Questions from the Mailbag. February 19, 2014. •  Bill Gothard Placed on Administrative Leave. February 27, 2014. •  Recovering Grace’s Response to IBLP Board Action. March 5, 2014. •  Today Is […]

A True Shepherd’s Heart

11 July 2013, 06:00



My family joined the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) when I was 13 years old. My dad was a pastor and my parents had been familiar with the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP), the Basic Seminar, and the Advanced Seminar for many years, so when their homeschooling friends told them about ATI and its “new […]

Toxic People: Narcissists in Ministry

7 March 2013, 06:00



The most read Hope Blog posts in the last four years have been the the series addressing toxic people and how to deal with those in your life who are unrepentant human destruction machines. These posts have received tens of thousands of hits over the last few years as those searching have come across the […]

Recovering from the Most Subtle of Lies

27 September 2012, 06:00



Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt compelled to write down my experience with the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). I think this desire comes from the fact that I want to show that the effects of Gothardism are not always as drastic as one may be led […]

Grace in Gothard’s Economy: Sanctification with Compounding Interest

18 May 2012, 06:00

Jay Rowland


Grace. Historically, most theologians and Christian teachers view it simply as favor bestowed upon man by God. A supernatural intervention that, though we don’t understand its workings, changes the outcome of our lives. For example, most Christians would view grace something like this: My repentance + God’s grace = Salvation My sorrow + God’s grace […]

Gracenotes: Thoughts on Matthew 18

11 May 2012, 06:00



Dear Recovering Grace Reader, One of our primary goals at Recovering Grace is to provide an avenue for healing to those who have been affected by the teachings of Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), and the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). At times we approach this goal by sharing testimonies of those […]