This tragic story really got to me. As a mom. As a grandmother. And as a human being.
When I read the news, I thought “This is crazy! How is it that there are still parents who do horrible things like this today?!”
If you heard the story, I’m sure you felt the same.
(If you haven’t heard it, I’ll sum it up: A young teenage girl, Hana Williams, died two years ago from physical abuse at the hands of her adoptive parents’ violently harsh parenting methods taught in the controversial religious book, To Train Up a Child. Hana’s parents Larry and Carri Williams were just recently sentenced to several decades in prison for her death.)
But in our shock, let’s not forget to look at the other side of this tragedy, too.
Extreme cases like this can help push us to talk about a real and difficult subject: the dangers of how an extreme religious culture can wound children—and creates wounded adults.
Because our healing can only start by first facing it for what it is.