"I was brought into a Christian church by a so-called Christian lady. While I received Jesus Christ in my heart, she left the service to go sleep with my husband."
"Before I had time to think, there stood Mr. (X). In a split second, he grabbed me and began to squeeze my breasts and crotch. I remember struggling to escape. I was twelve years old."
"Our church's youth pastor became sick with cancer. Medical treatment was resisted, and all they did was pray and fast around him 24 hours a day. He died! He was 26 years old."
Ten years as a minister with the Assemblies of God Church turned Austin Miles into one of today's most outspoken critics of the church and propelled him into the international spotlight as an important spokesperson on a subject that has been handled far too delicately for far too long.
Miles' first book, the controversial Don't Call Me Brother, sold thousands of copies, appeared on several religious bestseller lists, and led to an unprecedented outpouring of media attention and public response. This book updates events following the publication of the book and the televangelist scandals, and includes letters from Miles' admirers and critics - from a 70-year-old man who sees the truth about born-again Christianity for the first time, to a ministerial candidate with a high-heel fetish. Letters from followers of the late faith-healer William Branham call the book "blasphemous"; others detail tragic stories of molestation, the loss of life savings, and the alientaion of family members. These letters, many of them expressing confusion and pain, provide the springboard for Miles' hard-hitting examination of deceptive religious organizations and for updates on the cast of characters that still controls much of the religious thinking of our time.