In the Name of God

The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide

Cameron Stauth

Thomas Dunne Books

An anonymous caller tells a detective in a small Oregon town that a woman has just bitten off a man's finger. But the man is not the victim, the caller says. The woman is. She's being held against her will by a group of faith-healing fanatics who are trying to cure her depression with violent exorcisms.


The detective rescues her, but she is afraid to press charges against the people in her church.  Then the detective gets an even more ominous message: Children in the church have been dying mysteriously for years, and now several more are in immediate peril, facing blindness, disability, and death.


Unwilling to stand by and allow more children to suffer, the anonymous caller -- a church insider -- risks everything to work with three detectives and a lone prosecutor to fight faith-based child abuse, and to change the laws that protect its perpetrators. They are joined by a mother who'd suffered a faith-healing tragedy herself, and afterwards dedicated her life to saving others from the same fate.


Masterfully written by author Cameron Stauth, In the Name of God tells the true story of their heroic mission, which resulted in a historic series of sensational trials that exposed the darkest secret of American fundamentalism, and revealed the shameful political deals that have allowed thousands of children to die at the hands of their own parents -- legally.


Though the battle against faith-healing abuse continues around the country, the victory in Oregon has lit the path to a better future, in which no child need die because of a parent's beliefs.


Read an Excerpt


They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and the sick shall recover.
The Dark Ages were over and revolution smoldered, soon to flame. Kings and priests were hated. The common man was on the rise, ready to seize the power of not only governments, but God himself. It was the Age of Enlightenment.
An English writer named Charles Gildon, struggling to make sense of the cataclysm, wrote a book called The Deist’s Manual


Praise for In the Name of God

In the Name of God shows how wrong people can go when they fail to recognize that medical technologies are gifts from God, too, and that ‘medical miracles’ are just that. Cameron Stauth deserves loud applause for uncovering the truth. He deserves our prayers that what he has found will help expose the differences between religions that empower people and cults that weaken them and, sometimes, kill them.”
—Keith Ablow, MD, New York Times bestselling author
"In the Name of God takes you to an America where religious extremism practiced in isolation leads to deadly consequences for children. Fortunately this unforgettable book also brings us heroes who refuse to let the ignorant and the malevolent use faith to escape their crimes. If you are concerned about the balance between religion and justice you must read this book.”
—Michael D’Antonio, author of Mortal Sins
“America has a number of fascinating criminal subcultures that remain all but hidden from public view. One of them has now been exposed in a startling new book by Cameron Stauth. In the Name of God is a definitive account of the secret, deadly history of faith healing in the U.S. Stauth's research has uncovered some of the worst things people do to one another under the guise of religion, casting much-needed light on this criminal darkness.”
—Stephen Singular, author of When Men Become Gods
“Only a bold, highly gifted writer could take a sickeningly true crime story like this one, and with the delicate skill of a high-wire artist craft it into a non-judgmental nail-biter. Under the author’s sensitive, yet humorous pen, the colorful personalities in this eye-opening drama pulse with lifeblood. This is a vitally important book. Historically accurate accounts such as Cameron Stauth’s breathtaking masterpiece, In the Name of God, rip the skin off of America’s stench-filled underbelly, bringing the gasping promise of healing, fresh air, and the determined assurance of a better tomorrow.”
—Susan Ray Schmidt, author of Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy
“Powerful, moving and painstakingly researched, Cameron Stauth’s In the Name of God illuminates the little-known culture of faith healing in America, and shows us why it is so important for all Americans to stand together and demand action and intervention to save the lives of its youngest victims. These children have no voice, so they need all of us to advocate on their behalf.”

—Lisa Pulitzer, New York Times-bestselling author


Previous Acclaim for Cameron Stauth


"Stauth is a talented and graceful writer and a tireless reporter."

The New York Times on The Franchise   


"A book of insight, power and wit."

The San Francisco Chronicle on The Golden Boys    


"A riveting picture of network television -- one of the best yet."

Publisher's Weekly on The Sweeps  


"Extraordinarily compelling and engaging."

—Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List, on The Manhunter         


"A remarkable work by an excellent writer..."

 —D.S. Khalsa, M.D., on Healing the New Childhood Epidemics    


"I strongly recommend it."  

—Deepak Chopra, M.D., on Meditation as Medicine


"Fascinating and magnetically appealing..."

Booklist on Brain Longevity    

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Cameron Stauth

  • CAMERON STAUTH is author or coauthor of 25 books. He has been editor of The Journal of Health Science, editor-in-chief of The Journal of the Nutritional Academy, a columnist for Natural Health, American Film, L.A. Business, and California Business, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, People, The Saturday Evening Post, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, and many other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and Sun Valley, Idaho.



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In the Name of God

The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide

Cameron Stauth

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