“Growing up Adventist has its advantages, but there are downsides as well. For me, a clear negative was the way Ellen White’s writings were used to create a seemingly endless list of rules. I started viewing her like a cranky grandmother who was constantly looking to point out my wrongdoings, and it wasn’t until a good friend kept gushing over Steps to Christ that I finally started reading her books for myself—and I was completely blown away. In just a few pages it became clear that Ellen White was someone who was passionately in love with Jesus, and the primary reason for her writing was to reveal His beautiful character.
As a church, we have done a huge disservice to Ellen White by using select passages as the rationale for things like vegan mayonnaise with yellow food coloring, which is then passed off as mustard. Really, really bad mustard. My hope is that we can somehow reach generations of people that have grown up with ingrained misconceptions about Ellen White and convince them to simply start reading her books for themselves. The Conflict of the Ages series, Steps to Christ, and Christ’s Object Lessons are excellent books to start with, and anyone interested in better understanding Jesus, His character of love, and the story of the Bible will receive a huge blessing from her writing.”