Faith Hartmann Exposes the Fascinating but Appaling Facts she Learned Inside the Seminary

TULSA, Okla. (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

Faith Hartmanns ex-husband (a Lutheran minister turned social worker) had been a very poor husband as well as a neglectful and unloving father to his children. She had often watched as he heaped subtle but insidious psychological and emotional abuse upon them. After years of suffering, she finally divorced him. As her ex-husband left the church, she entered the seminary as one of only a handful of women in the U.S. in the 1970s that were permitted to study within the all-male bastion of theology and philosophy. And now, she is determined to expose the fascinating but appalling facts she learned inside that educational institution as well as the injurious conditions of her experience in such setting.

Only a Fool Would Have Believed it in the First Place is a cautionary memoir that tells of the types and stages of injurious and destructive religious relationships, both personal and institutional in nature.The facts presented in this book are true but the names and places have been changed to protect those that are innocent.Using a pseudonym, Faith Hartmann writes in the first person point of view and she uses the third person point of view whenever the memories are too emotionally painful, or when the subject matter, such as topics about sex in that cultural era was too Victorian if the first person is to use.As a little known, anonymous author of this memoir,total focus is not given upon the personality of the individual. Rather, such anonymity will give readers an unusual glimpse into seminary life and classroom.

Because of a tragic crisis concerning her children, Hartmann choose to break the religious pattern of being a subservient, selfless, obedient helpmate to her husband. After the divorce, her role goes through a dynamic change as she turns to writing more of an expos


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