By Marissa Wells
“Ellen G. White: A Psychobiography,” by Steve Daily, chronicles the life and movement of Ellen G. White, the founder of Seventh-day Adventist Church. The psychobiography uses a unique blend of theology, personal reflection, history and psychology.
In the book, Daily offers a greater understanding of who White was by including details of her early life and how those experiences impacted her actions and success in founding Seventh-day Adventism. The evidence presented in the book raises major questions about White’s mental and moral health. The book also addresses the origins of Seventh-day Adventism and why it is what is today.
The book was inspired by the author’s history of studying the religion.
“I have been a student of Ellen White and Seventh-day Adventism all my life and had written a master’s thesis in history, and two doctoral dissertations on Ellen White and Adventism as well as three other books on this subject before I decided to write this book,” Daily said. “It was the secret release of documents from the White estate, that had been hidden from historians before, in 2014, that inspired me to write a final book on the subject.”
It was important for Daily to produce this book.
“Thousands of people have been hurt and deceived by Ellen White’s tragic fraud and gross distortion of who God is, and I want to help those people, past, present and future,” Daily said.
“I think there’s a lot to learn about healthy and unhealthy religion and religious abuse,” he added. “There’s a lot going on in our world today with religious abuse and how religion is misused to exploit people and mistreat people in the name of God.”
The book is intended for “Adventists, former and disillusioned Adventists, and non-Adventists who have an interest in religion, history, religious abuse and particularly in Ellen White and Seventh-day Adventism.”
In addition to being an author, Daily is a semi-retired licensed psychologist and ordained minister. He lives in Riverside where he serves as the senior pastor of Graceway Community Church. For more information about the author and his work, visit egwpsychobio.com.
“Ellen G. White: A Psychobiography” is available for $19.95 (paperback) and $31.95 (hardcover) on egwpsychobio.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other selected book stores.