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A Memoir of Abuse, Betrayal, and Transformation
It began with just wanting to tell the truth. But truth-telling has a way of snowballing.
When Christa Brown first spoke out about the sexual abuse she endured in her childhood church in Texas, she never imagined it would expose the ethical chasm at the core of the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination: male religious leaders so singularly focused on institutional protection that they sacrificed the safety of children.
Baptistland weaves together this story of religion gone wrong in the context of a troubled family life and a Southern society and culture that devalues women and looks the other way about its transgressions and hypocrisy. In that story, you’ll meet the young Christa who endures family trauma, the abuse of a church pastor, and the death blows of gaslighting. But you’ll see her finding her voice, which only builds throughout her ongoing story where she becomes a real-life adult who is too much for the world of Baptistland, which she leaves behind.
Ultimately, Brown finds a life filled with love, peace, beauty, and goodness, more than her upbringing ever afforded. But it was unrelenting honesty, to herself and others, that guided her to this ordinary paradise. Baptistland speaks to the transformative power of truth-telling—for ourselves, our relationships, our institutions.
Named as one of the “top 10 religion newsmakers” of 2022, Christa Brown has persisted for two decades in working to peel back the truth about clergy sex abuse and coverups in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. As one of the first to go public with substantiated child molestation allegations against a Baptist minister—and documentation that others knew—she has consistently demanded reforms to make other kids and congregants safer. She’s the author of This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang, a retired appellate attorney, a mom, a grandma, and lives with her husband in Colorado.