Exclusive Interview with Author Steve Daily
Author Steve Daily has written a psychobiography called “Ellen G. White.” The book
goes deep into the Adventist Church and Ellen White’s history, who is seen by many in
the church as a prophet. Daily, having left the seventh day Adventist church ten years
ago concluded through his own studies and research that the prophet/founder of the
church was not at all that she appeared to be.
Steve Daily has written twenty-seven books, including many academic works. He has a
background as an Adventist historian with a Ph.D. in psychology and has been
practicing for twenty-eight years. His experience both in the church and as a
psychologist, made him the perfect candidate, if not the only person qualified, to write
such a definitive book. Read his exclusive interview below.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I was an SDA pastor for 35 years, a University chaplain, campus pastor, and faculty
member teaching in the fields of religion, history and psychology for 20 years, and have
been a licensed psychologist in the state of CA for the last 28 years. I have written 27
books, including academic works such as theses and doctoral dissertations, that have all
contributed in some way to this present book. I have a great wife and family, 3 kids and
6 grandkids. I left Seventh-day Adventism 10 years ago, but have no animosity towards
the church, I was blessed by my years in Adventism in many ways, but ultimately came
to the conclusion through my work that their prophet/founder was a fraud who was
responsible for causing a great deal of pain, and grossly misrepresenting God, and that
the movement has never come to terms with this, and indeed repeats many of her
patterns. When all the historical evidence is considered I believe Ellen White was the
greatest female con artist of all time and may well have been the most effective con artist
What was the impetus for writing your book " Ellen G. White: A Psychobiography?"
I feel I am the only person who could write this book, because I am a highly trained
Adventist historian who has been given access to the source documents necessary to
write this work, and am also a licensed psychologist which gives me the training and
education to analyze and evaluate the highly documented historical material the book
contains. I also have a strong interest in psychobiography and no psychobiography has
been written on Ellen White - a person I find to be the most fascinating
psychobiography I have encountered..
Can you give us a brief overview of what the book covers?
It covers Ellen White's life experience that most reveals her conflicts, fears, challenges
and accomplishments in the context of the major psychopathology she managed over
her lifetime - including plagiarism, fraud, delusion, dishonesty and severe mistreatment
of those who attempted to expose her pathology. It also reveals how the pathology of
the founder impacted the movement that she founded.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
Compiling and choosing the most appropriate material to include in the book, while
holding down a full-time job during 3 of the 31/2 years I spent writing the book.
What most surprised you?
I thought I knew nearly everything there was to know about Ellen White, which I had
written about in several of the books that preceded this one, but shortly before I started
writing this book I was very surprised to find that the White Estate had hidden and
withheld from researchers some of the most self-incriminating and damning things
Ellen ever wrote. Once I was able to gain access to these materials, I knew I had to write
Why was this book important for you to write?
It has tremendous implications for Ellen White studies, the history and current meaning
of Seventh-day Adventism, the psychology of religion, comparative religions, studies on
healthy and unhealthy religion and spirituality, the nature of religious abuse, and makes
a significant contribution to the field of psychobiography.
What do you hope readers take away from reading your book?
A much greater understanding of who Ellen White was and where SDAs came from and
who they are today, along with the points covered in the previous question.
How do you think Adventists will react to this book?
Adventism is a very pluralistic community today, there will be a wide range of response
and reaction ranging from absolute fury and condemnation to academics who want to
engage in dialogue over the book.
Do you have any other projects or upcoming books in the works you would
like to tell us about?
I am just starting to work with a co-author on a book entitled, Harnessing God: The
Nature of Religious Abuse. And I am working on a book entitled, The 10 Greatest Con
Artists of All Time (10 Psychobiographies).
For more information on Steve Daily please visit: egwpsychobio.com