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The Trouble with Bubbles

8 August 2013, 06:00

Lindsey B

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“Have you ever seen a bubble? They’re simple things to see. And if they’re not in trouble, they’re round as they can be. But if you try to change their shape to make them tall or make them flat, there soon won’t be a bubble where the troubled bubble’s at. It really doesn’t matter if […]

A True Shepherd’s Heart

11 July 2013, 06:00

Moderator

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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 […]

Moving On

4 March 2013, 06:00

Eliza

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Those of us who have left the IBLP/ATI (the Institute in Basic Life Principles and the Advanced Training Institute) background have often heard things similar to the following: “Why can’t you just get over it already?” “Just move on and leave the past in the past.” “Let it go and just enjoy your life.” This […]

Transformation

22 October 2012, 06:00

Moderator

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After ten years in the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and a number of experiences participating in various programs (Counseling Seminar, Sound Foundations, EXCEL, and a handful of Children’s Institutes), there came a moment when it became crystal clear to me that, within the spiritual and social confines of the Advanced Training Institute, I would never […]

The Ravages of Guilt

8 October 2012, 06:00

Moderator

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“If you say anything, I will tie up your family, just like I tie you up. Then I will make you sit there and watch as I kill each one of them in front of you. Will I kill you? No! You I will leave alive, so that you can spend every day of your […]

My Life in ATI, part one

29 November 2011, 06:00

DavidA

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Beginnings. I was raised in a normal home until we joined the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) in 2000. Up until then we did normal family things and went to church. I had friends and held normal expectations of myself — as did my parents. Our family attended the annual conference in Knoxville and quickly afterwards […]

Keeping Up Appearances.

21 November 2011, 06:00

Moderator

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I am a survivor of Gothardism. I fully believe ATI is a twisted system of unrealistic rules and regulations. Even more, it gives abusive parents the tools and justification they need to rationalize their behavior. Let me start at the beginning. I went to public school from preschool through first grade. After that, my family […]