Stormie Omartian doesn’t get it about domestic abuse
Oodles of books have been written advising Christian women how to have great marriages. Trouble is, most of them are clueless about the dynamics of domestic abuse so they give atrocious advice which could be toxic or life threatening to a victim of abuse.
One such author is Stormie Omartian, whose book The Power of a Praying Wife is just another run of the mill “Let’s all keep our rose coloured glasses on girls, and deny that elephant in the room” type books. It’s all the more tragic that Stormie is blind to domestic abuse because (according to her auto-biography) she herself was severely abused in childhood. But childhood abuse in itself doesn’t necessarily mean one will see domestic abuse when it’s staring one in the face in adulthood.
An open letter to Stormie Omartian can be found here. It is a 13 page letter, so grab a cuppa and put your feet up to read it :). I think it’s a valuable critique of the book The Power of a Praying Wife. The letter is written by Natalie Collins who is a survivor of domestic abuse in the UK. Natalie is active in Restored which is a Christian umbrella group working to prevent violence against women around the world.
This post is a slightly modified version of a post I first published at my old blog in Feb 2012.