Bleeding for Jesus
Written with the full support and testimony of many of his victims, ‘Bleeding for Jesus’ exposes the shocking story of John Smyth QC, who used his role in the Church to abuse more than a hundred men and boys in three countries, and the Iwerne Camps movement which inspired and facilitated his crimes, casting a dark shadow over its aim to recruit and disciple ‘the best boys from the best schools’ (including John Stott, Nicky Gumbel and the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby) and place them in positions of political and religious leadership.
A Christian barrister and moral crusader who viciously caned young men in his garden shed. An exclusive network of powerful men seeking control in the Church of England.A shared secret of abuse that casts a dark shadow over a whole generation of Christian leaders. This is the extraordinary true story of John Smyth QC, a high-flying barrister who used his role in the church to abuse more than a hundred men and boys in three countries. It tells how he was spirited out of the UK, and how he played the role of moral crusader to evade justice over four decades. It reveals how scores of respected church leaders turned a blind eye to his history of abuse. Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Graystone has pursued the truth about Smyth and those who enabled him to escape justice. He has heard the excruciating testimony of many of Smyth’s victims, and has uncovered court and church documents, reports, letters and emails. He has investigated the network of exclusive ‘Bash camps’ through which Smyth groomed his victims. For the first time, he presents a comprehensive critique of the Iwerne project and the impact it has had on British society and the church.