I met Svetlana at a pastor’s conference in Moscow. When I first saw her, she looked as though the weight of the world was on her shoulders. Approaching me during a break, she asked my advice on “how not to yell at her kids”. As a pastor’s wife in a city where she had no friends or family, Svetlana was idolized for having “arrived spiritually” because she was fortunate to marry a pastor. For reasons too many to explain here, Svetlana lived with a growing anger toward God and her family, which broke her heart.

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