Reverend Robin E Eldridge, is making a personal appearance “this Saturday, March 29, from 12 to 2pm at The Herbert Guice Christian Academy for the debut book signing for her new title The House of Pain: How to Survive Church Hurt. The Herbert Guice Christian Academy is located at 6925 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621. The book singing is free, and open to all ages. Books will be available for sale at the signing.
“I didn’t start out to write a book, initially,” said Eldridge. “I started out journaling about church hurt. Then God told me to be transparent so I could help others. Church hurt is the experiences of mistreatment, even abuse, while working in ministry. We expect to get hurt in certain areas from family, friends, and strangers but we don’t expect to get hurt in church.”
Born, raised and educated in Oakland, Eldridge has traveled to South Africa, Barundi, Spain, Italy, Tokyo, Switzerland and Paris spreading her ministry and performing musically with her group The Gospel Girls. She was voted director of the year by the 1991 Bay Area Gospel Music Academy. She founded her own ministry, called “Where You Are” ministry. It's theme is helping to heal hurting people.
Both the theme of her ministry and the topic of her book have been expired by her personal experiences as a minister and a gospel performer. Connecting with others over the book, she has found out that many people can relate.
“The response has been phenomenal,” said Eldridge. “Everyone who has read it has told me that somewhere in the book they saw themselves. A couple of weeks ago I was in Los Angeles at a music board convention, and someone bought the book at the beginning of the service. They started reading it and couldn’t put it down. They read the entire book before the service was over.”