28 Oct 2010

Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult [book]

From the Out of the Cocoon website:

At this very moment, there are millions of cult members worldwide. Do you think you could never become one of them? Think again.

Brenda Lee’s memoir, Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult, is a remarkable story about how a single visit from two seemingly “nice” strangers nearly cost her everything, including her life.

This story begins at the pinnacle of the author’s desperation, by relaying a chilling fantasy she created when she was twelve years old. After accomplishing her grisly, murderous task within the security of a dream, she poses a disturbing question that sets the stage for the rest of her story: What could make a child so angry that she would fantasize about taking away the lives of the two people who gave her life? To understand Brenda’s fragile emotional state, we have to go back to the beginning, when her childhood innocence reigned and unconditional love was abundant – when she didn’t feel all alone in the world.

In subsequent chapters, the author transports the reader back in time to relive the innocence of her childhood on a 100-year-old farm in rural Pennsylvania, where her carefree days were filled by swinging from vines, raising farm animals as pets, romping through the forests with her cousins, and plunging from the hayloft. Once “The Friends” knock on the door, however, her childhood and innocence dramatically disappear. But Brenda Lee refuses to become a victim and, like a butterfly, she learns to change the world within her when her external world becomes unbearable.

After surviving years of stifling oppression and isolation, Brenda emerges from her cocoon and struggles to take flight. As she tries to fit into society as a young adult, she learns some startling things about her family, this “wicked world,” and herself. In time, she learns to forgive not only those who tormented her, but also the mother who disowned her.

Get out the tissues, because in one minute this book will make you cry, and in the next, it will make you laugh out loud. Brenda Lee’s story will take you from the depths of despair to the highest mountain, cast you off, and show you how to spread your wings and fly.

Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult is a heart-wrenching yet inspirational tale about a pre-teen’s battle to free herself from dysfunction. Take the journey with her as she survives stifling oppression, physical and emotional abuse and the ultimate—shunning by her family.See how, like a butterfly, she changes the world within her as her external world becomes increasingly unyielding. Discover more about your own past through her introspective, yet frequently humorous flight from insanity. This book is a “must read” for anyone who has experienced abuse, alcoholism, single parenthood, serious depression, or a parent’s rejection. Learn how you too can emerge Out of the Cocoon to create a future brimming with unconditional love and lasting happiness!

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