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Overview The Christian landscape is littered with the bodies of believers who are victims of "friendly fire": the legalistic, judgmental, or negatively critical words or actions of other believers. Friendly Fire is Mike Warnke's survival guide for believers battered by the religious among us. He offers encouragement and hope for the church's "walking wounded" in their journey toward healing, restoration and wholeness. No matter what has happened, no believer is too far gone to come back, God stands ready and willing to heal and restore. With warmth, humor, and insight gained from his own personal experiences, the author provides a soothing balm for believers nursing their wounds inflicted by "friendly fire."
Publishers Description The Christian landsape is littered with the bodies of believers who are victims of "friendly fire" the legalistics, judgemental, or negatively critical words or actions of others believers. Friendly Fire is Mike Warnke's survival guide for believers battered by the religious among us. He offers encourgement and hope for the Church's "walking wounded" in their journey toward healing, restoration, and wholeness. No matter what has happened, no believer is too far gone to come back. God stands ready and willing to heal and restore. With warmth, humor, and insight gained from his own personal experiences, the author provides a soothing balm for believers nursing the wounds inflicted by "friendly fire"
Citations And Professional Reviews Friendly Fire: A Recovery Guide for Believers Battered by Religion by Mike Warnke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Charisma & Christian Life - 07/01/2002 page 76
Christian Retailing - 04/15/2002 page 18
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From the mouth of babes Apr 17, 2008
My name is Michael Craig Johnson Jr. I am the son of Mike Johnson and Karen Johnson Vierling who where interviewed for the Selling Satan book.
I was a mere child when all of the things that Mike speaks about in this book happened, but I do know that Mike was not what he said he was. Selling Satan was in fact a PG version of the stories that both my mother and my father told me about Mike Warnke.
Mike still clings to his Satan Selling days and has not once said that these things didn't happened. I forgive Mike for the many pains that his directing of my father caused my family, but forgivness and allowance to hurt others is not the same. We are doing a greater attrocity if lies continue.
I will say that God redeems dispite the sins of our fathers, and I have come to Grace and Truth through Christ Jesus. However, this is despite people like Mike Warnke and many others. Those of you that think Mike is honest, I suggest you look at the mounted evidence against him as it is. From many people from many walks of life.
My Response Jan 22, 2007
Many of you do not have a clear picture of the acutal events that took place with the events around Mike Warnkes life. Many are referring to the book Selling Satan that was supposedly to "debunk" Mike and what he was doing.
If you have read this book you will notice that one of the "reliable sources" was Anton LaVey, of which the authors of the book printed his inteview. For those of you who may not know who LaVey is or was, he considered himself the Black Pope as was the founder of the First Church of Satan in California.
How can a man who is an avowed Satanist, who teaches that Christians are fools and will believe ANYTHING that is told to them, how can someone like that even be considered a reliable source? People bought Anton's story hook line and sinker and what is even more incredible, while all these good people were getting their panties in a wrinkle, Anton was laughting all the way to the bank and chashing the check.
So, before you judge Mike you must first look at the "reliable source" and deal with the father of lies first.
Friendly Fire Aug 19, 2006
I am afraid that so many of us these days are victims in our own churchs. The things Mike Warnke says in this book are very much right on target. I recommend this book to aanyone
When deserted by fans, turn to martyrdom... Apr 14, 2006
So Warnke's hurt because his once large fan base turned against him after that now-infamous Cornerstone expose? Maybe if he'd admitted his lies, false testimony and other wrongdoings instead of portraying himself as the victim, they would've been more forgiving...however, for Warnke to try and identify himself w/genuine victims of unjust persecution by fellow Christians is simply reprehensible. If a prominent Christian icon like Jim Bakker can acknowledge his past wrongdoings and apologize to the public, there's no reason why Warnke couldn't do the same...by remaining silent, he essentially sealed his own fate.
As for Tom, he apparently needs to re-read "Selling Satan"...the LaVey interview came @ the end of the book as bonus material, and he was in no way used as a source for the accusations against Warnke, which came exclusively from friends, colleagues, etc...the whole point of including it was to show that true Satanism is far more subtle than what Warnke, et al. would like you to believe (LaVey denounces heavy metal as "noise" and surprises the authors by playing the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace" among other songs, as part of an organ medley)...and considering that LaVey's Church of Satan memebership's a mere 5,000-6,000 (a far cry from the alleged "global Satanic network"...if Warnke actually had a 1300-member Satanic coven in the 60s like he claimed, that would constitute about 1/4 the membership!), it doesn't sound like his tactics were nearly as successful as one would think.
It's GREAT being the Christian! Mar 19, 2006
So, Mike Warnke, lying like a cheap rug, defrauding people of money and causing family's lives to be disrupted, was all okay; just so long as he uses his perfidy to lead people to Christ??? This book makes me say, once again: "Thank the GODS, I'm a Pagan!" Since so much of Christianity is ALREADY stolen myth and outright lies, a crap-merchant like Warnke, who can get his foot in the door, can spin spider webs-for-cotton-candy for YEARS and get away with it. This book is a case in point. It's essentially a case-study of, not IF Christianity is childishly maleable, but just HOW maleable they are.