“Gotchyaa” by Dr. Steven Stiles is a revealing book about the vulnerability of churches and Christians by con artists who infiltrate the very place we feel safe and secure. Dr. Stiles, a pastor and teacher of Addiction Studies at Bethany University, highlights the many ways these modern-day criminals use our generosity and kindness to their advantage and offers solutions on how churches and individuals can protect themselves.
Dr. Stiles follows two cunning wolves preying on the church. Do your church leaders and staff know what to do when a stranger appears asking for help? Do you know if they are looking for money to provide food for their family or to support a drug habit? Each chapter concludes with practical suggestions and reflection questions that can be used by individuals or small groups to apply what they have learned.
Hopefully, Dr. Stiles’ book will raise awareness of the cunning acts of fraud, deception and outright theft of people against churches. Many of these con artists are familiar with scripture and have a vast knowledge of what being a Christian looks and sounds like that they can fool even the smartest among us. Before we give money or other valuables to anyone, we should know how to defend against wolves in sheep’s clothing. Dr. Stiles attempts to show us through his book the tricks they use to tug at our sympathies in order to get into our purse strings.
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