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Category Archives: gracenotes

A Call to Repentance

6 June 2013, 06:00



Dear Recovering Grace Reader, Many of you are aware that we have run a number of articles in which young ladies have chronicled an unusual form of emotional and sexual harassment experienced while working for Bill Gothard at the IBLP [Institute in Basic Life Principles] Headquarters [HQ] in Oak Brook, IL. In addition to these […]

Why We Care About Sexual Abuse

4 April 2013, 06:00



April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Last year Recovering Grace dedicated the month of April to bringing these stories of darkness into the light, and we are doing so again this year. Why do we choose to focus our attention on this emotionally disturbing, heart-wrenching subject? It takes only a glance at today’s news […]

Emmanuel: Our Rescuer Will Come!

17 December 2012, 06:00



Dear Readers,  As we approach Christmas next week, some might find it hard to view the story told in Scripture through new eyes. We often hear the same story and we can’t get past the surface–it’s just words swimming before our eyes, the same miraculous story that seems not-as-miraculous because we’ve heard it a thousand […]

Celebrating our First Anniversary

23 July 2012, 06:00



In the summer of 2011, a small online group of people began regaling each other with funny stories of their past experiences growing up in the homeschool environment of ATI (the Advanced Training Institute). It didn’t take too long for friendships to form and a sense of “coffee shop” type community to bond them. It […]

Welcome ATI Families!

26 May 2012, 08:00



Dear ATI family member or guest, Welcome to Recovering Grace. Perhaps you’ve seen our billboard campaign in Nashville near the Training Center this week, or maybe someone has told you about our website. No matter how you found us, we’re glad you’re here. Recovering Grace is a website founded by a large group of former […]

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 […]

Gracenotes: Sexual Abuse Wrap-Up

1 May 2012, 06:00



Dear Recovering Grace Readers, This month has been a sobering one for Recovering Grace. While we are aware that many of these stories have been difficult to read, we absolutely believe that they needed to be told. Based on the overwhelming traffic to our site this month, we believe that they have had an inestimable impact in […]

Gracenotes: Sexual Assault Awareness

4 April 2012, 06:00



Dear Recovering Grace Readers, April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month. Current statistics show that one out of every four girls, and one out of every six boys are sexually abused (usually by someone they know) before they turn 18 years old. The problem of sexual abuse is systemic, and unfortunately it’s not just out […]

Gracenotes: Christmas Thoughts

22 December 2011, 09:47



Greetings Recovering Grace Readers, The holiday season is a crazy time of the year. Isn’t it ironic that a season so often characterized by stress, anger, and greed is supposed to be a celebration of the one who left the riches and splendor of heaven to bring peace to our world? Amidst all the hustle and bustle, […]

Gracenotes: Recovering Grace mentioned in Hartford newspaper

6 November 2011, 16:56



Greetings Recovering Grace Readers, We wanted to let you all know about a news article in the online edition of the Hartford Courant on Sunday, November 7, 2011 (and in the print edition on November 8). This article is a discussion of the effects of Bill Gothard’s teachings as it relates to the murder trial of […]