Welcome “Shiny Happy People” Viewers!

29 May 2023, 16:20


Welcome to Recovering Grace!

We want to extend a warm welcome to all the visitors who have come to our website due to the recent release of the documentary “Shiny Happy People” on Amazon Prime. While we want to clarify that Recovering Grace did not produce this documentary, we understand that it may generate increased interest in Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), and the Advanced Training Institute (ATI).

Here at Recovering Grace, we haven’t been actively updating our content for a few years now. However, we recognize that the documentary will likely spark curiosity and a desire for more information. We want to do what we can to help you navigate and understand the topics related to Bill Gothard, IBLP, and ATI.

To begin your journey, we recommend visiting the following pages on our website:

A Call for Discernment: This page provides a fairly comprehensive overview of the major errors in Bill Gothard’s theology. It highlights several theological concerns associated with his teachings and sheds light on the issues surrounding his beliefs. You can access the page here.

The Gothard Files: From 2012-2014, we released a series of articles detailing how Bill Gothard exhibited a 40-year pattern of moral failure, abuse of spiritual authority, and mishandling of Scripture, and was therefore disqualified from Christian ministry. This resource offers an in-depth exploration of these issues and provides valuable insights into the experiences of individuals affected by Gothard and his organization. Visit the collection here.

Top 25: In the years that Recovering Grace was active, certain articles became very popular with our readers. The following page provides a list of 25 such articles. Explore them here.

We hope that these resources will assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of Bill Gothard, IBLP, and ATI. While our website may not be actively updated, we believe the articles and information we have gathered over the years are valuable resources for those seeking insight and clarification. Thank you for visiting Recovering Grace.


All articles on this site reflect the views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of other Recovering Grace contributors or the leadership of the site. Students who have survived Gothardism tend to end up at a wide variety of places on the spiritual and theological spectrum, thus the diversity of opinions expressed on this website reflects that. For our official statement of beliefs, click here.