Dr. Steve Daily’s Ellen G. White: A Psychobiography is a searing indictment of Seventh-day Adventism’s most famous founder. Daily reveals new evidence previously unavailable: “Even to this day, the record of these ‘visions’ can only be viewed by those who get special permission to enter the Ellen White vaults.” This issue of transparency continues throughout the book.

Ellen White admirers and critics will both be challenged by Daily’s analysis as a psychologist and an historian, especially on the issue of how conservative, moderate, and liberal Adventists have joined together since Ellen White’s death to preserve her memory and legacy as good. If this is true, then why has so much of her life been hidden?

This work is neither a hagiography nor a diatribe but is instead a sobering look at the full humanity of a woman who was put on a pedestal at a very young age and is now revered and reviled by many across the Adventist world and beyond it. Daily balances critique, grace, and empathy in a powerful work that is sure to provoke a visceral response.

An interview with the author can be seen here.

Interview participants:

Steve Daily, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology; D.Min., Social Ethics and Biblical Studies; Senior Pastor, Graceway Community Church; Riverside, California

Mark Ruybalid, M.A. Counseling; M.A., Religion; Hospice Chaplain, Arbor Hospice; Murrieta, California

Timothy Ruybalid, Adventist Today Board Chair

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