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Power can corrupt and destroy both those who have it and those who follow...

  • May 2, 2010
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I am always confused and dismayed when people who hold positions of authority in a church or religious organization abuse that power for their own gain. I'm even more dismayed when people who follow them end up following the person instead of their faith, letting charisma and personality overrule what they *know* to be right and wrong. Gregg Olsen portrays one of those situations in his real-life crime drama A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church. Twisted Faith shows what happens when no one confronts evil or is willing to think for themselves and take action.

The book centers around a death that occurred in Bremerton Washington in 1997, the day after Christmas. Dawn Hacheney, the wife of youth pastor Nick Hacheney, dies in a house fire that took her life in the early morning hours as she slept. At least that's what it appears to be, and for quite some time, that's the story that all the officials signed off on. But the reality of her death is far different. Olsen documents how Christ Community Church, a Pentecostal church on Bainbridge Island, went from a small community gathering in the mid-90s to a church embroiled in power struggles, sex scandals, and ultimately the murder of one of their own. Olsen pieces together the story from interviews, news stories, and other sources, and shows how the abuse of power can destroy both the person who has it and those who follow.

There were so many emotions going through my head during this book. I was dismayed that a group of leaders could abuse biblical teachings so blatantly and repeatedly. I was also amazed that so many people can look the other way when everything they see tells them that something is very wrong and needs to be addressed. Letting a person become the focus of your faith instead of God is a sure recipe for disaster. A Twisted Faith is primarily a crime novel (and a good one), but it can also be a wake-up call to check your focus when it comes to your faith, and to make sure you're basing your beliefs on the correct foundation.

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Praise for Gregg Olsen:
"As gripping and necessary as true-life drama gets.” --Stewart O’Nan

"Searing and brilliant." --Ann Rule

"Dark, atmospheric, riveting suspense." --Allison Brennan

“Olsen is a top-notch writer.” --Michael Connelly

Praise for A Twisted Faith:
“Gregg Olsen weaves his story deftly, managing to bring alive a wide cast of characters, all headed for and contributing to a tragedy driven by faith.”
--Stephen Singular, NY Times Bestselling author of WHEN MEN BECOME GODS

“A fascinating exposé of sexual obsession and murder, a cautionary tale of innocence and virtue manipulated and destroyed by the vilest of mortal sins.”
--Kathryn Casey, author of A DESCENT INTO HELL.

“An insightful expose of a man of God and a woman of prophecy who manipulate God’s will to justify adultery, treachery and even murder.”
--Diane Fanning, Edgar Nominated Author of WRITTEN IN BLOOD

“Olsen writes the way a surgeon cuts—precisely exposing the personality riddles that lie concealed within each of the players.” 
--Anthony Flacco, International Thriller Award nominated author of THE LAST NIGHTINGALE and A CHECKLIST FOR MURDER

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ISBN-10: 0312360614
ISBN-13: 978-0312360610
Author: Gregg Olsen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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