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God’s Best: The “Commitments” Payoff

25 August 2011, 06:00

RyanR

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Anyone who has attended a Basic Seminar and has paid attention can tell you that Mr. Gothard is a man who likes checklists. Throughout the seminar he provides five steps to this, or three reasons for that. In many respects, a step-by-step process can be a helpful aid when trying to work through the various […]

Giving up on the Apprenticeship Life

24 August 2011, 06:30

RyanR

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First, I wanted to acknowledge that any article that critiques an experience, by nature, opens the door for those who feel differently to claim that the author is bitter and/or just needs to move past the experience he or she writes about. My intention in writing this article is not to vilify ATI or Bill […]

You’ll Be Okay … Maybe

23 August 2011, 06:15

Moderator

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The following stories, told by former Advanced Training Institute (ATI) students on various online forums, are a small sampling of the many stories told by young people who became ill or sustained physical injuries while working at an ATI training center or at Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) headquarters. These stories illustrate a common […]

A Parent’s Perspective – Sixteen Years in Bondage

22 August 2011, 06:00

Moderator

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Our journey into the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) began when my second child was about 6 months old. I remember quitting my job as a nurse to become a stay at home mom, and thinking that it was quite a sacrifice. Then, about two years later, my husband came to me and told me that […]

Is This for Real?

20 August 2011, 06:00

curtisd

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Sometimes I wonder if I’m really living my life Or if I’m just living what I’m supposed to be. Am I really even a person? Is any of this true? I lie awake at night and wonder who I am. Are you just dying to know that You’re not pretending, Wondering if any of this […]

Courtship Promised to Protect Me, Pt 2

18 August 2011, 06:30

JoyS

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After my courtship with Josh failed, my parents did back off on having power over directing my love life. The fact that I lived several hours away from them helped to keep them from having much influence. The truth of the matter was that I had fought the idea of courtship for years. I just […]

To Russia With Love, part 2

18 August 2011, 06:15

RobertM

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My fourth year in Russia was the most difficult, but in a much stranger way. At the beginning of the year, I was given the assignment of interpreting for a family. I was told that this family had been a problem in the past year and had not been expected to stay, but now it […]

My Personal Response To “Why Don’t You Just Move On?!”

17 August 2011, 08:00

darcys

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Sound familiar? What I want to know is this: Who says that those of us who write against spiritual abuse, using our own pasts, aren’t moving on? Do they think that writing about what happened, about our own stories, means that we’re still stuck in that place? -That we cannot “get past it?” Why does […]

To Russia With Love, part 1

16 August 2011, 06:15

RobertM

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When my family began homeschooling in 1985, there were only a handful of homeschooling families in our state of Mississippi. Homeschooling ended up being very positive for our family. It brought us closer together and closer to the Lord. We used several different  homeschooling curricula over the years, and there were a couple of years […]

Prisoner of the Glass House

15 August 2011, 06:00

MicahK

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My childhood and the home I was blessed to live it out in, was shaped from my infancy by teachings from Bill Gothard’s seminars (I was born just months before my parents attended their first of many of his seminars). I can still recall, however, in my youngest years a deep sense of idyllic peace […]