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Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future

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ISBN13: 9780307731876
ISBN10: 0307731871
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"In a somewhat predictable first memoir, 30-something blogger Esther describes growing up in a fundamentalist cult — her term — called The Assembly. As a child, she learns an 'apocalypse survival plan' and is regularly spanked. In Esther's adolescence, The Assembly's cracks begin to show. Allowed to go to public high school so that she could convert her peers, Esther realizes that many kids whom her family describes as heathen unbelievers are in fact quite devout, and she is distracted from the straight and narrow by boys. By age 18, Esther feels trapped and sometimes thinks dying would be better than life with her fundamentalist family. Still she perseveres, marrying, at 20, a boy her parents approve of. Five years later, Esther, with her husband and children, leaves The Assembly. A therapist teaches her about disassociation and triggers. Eventually, Esther, by then a mother of seven, connects with Mary, is drawn to Catholicism, and learns about the importance of grace. Esther's descriptions of her claustrophobic childhood faith are clear and compelling; her account of the faith she found as an adult is, however, less insightful. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books and Such Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Elizabeth Esther is a popular blogger and advocate who has appeared on shows such as Fox News and Anderson Cooper Live. Elizabeth and her husband, Matthew, live with their five children in Santa Ana, California.

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Sheila Deeth, June 13, 2014 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
“A story of mind control, the apocalypse, and modest attire” says the back of this book. How could I resist it? Elizabeth Esther’s memoir tells of life growing up with the everyday abuses, physical and mental, of a fundamentalist cult. Regular spankings seem to have failed in their aim of breaking her will. But it’s hard to leave home, faith and family, and Elizabeth struggles to conform, firm in her conviction that she’s ugly, God doesn’t want her to be happy, and only obedience can save her.

Girl at the End of the World is a heartbreaking tale, rendered gentler by the reader’s knowledge that Elizabeth must have escaped, and by the author’s natural humor and honest voice. I like her from the very first sentence and want to know more about her. I want to know why she’s standing on a soapbox at age nine, why she hasn’t run away at age fifteen, and how will she bring up her own children. I take delight in the surprise of her escape, and the wonder of slow steps back to faith. And I love her genuine insights, her willingness to face controversy, and her personal touch. This is Elizabeth’s memoir, not a template for better churches or deeper faith, and not a condemnation of any particular belief. It's also a beautiful tale of God’s mercy, slowly delivered and surely received.

Questions for the reader and an author interview at the end only add to the tale. The fact that I didn’t want to skip them just shows how well the author has drawn me in. A great memoir. A great tale of wounded and recovered faith. And wonderful book.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Blogging for Books and I offer my unbiased review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307731876
Author:
Esther, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Convergent Books
Subject:
Faith
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.15 x 0.59 in 0.42 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a somewhat predictable first memoir, 30-something blogger Esther describes growing up in a fundamentalist cult — her term — called The Assembly. As a child, she learns an 'apocalypse survival plan' and is regularly spanked. In Esther's adolescence, The Assembly's cracks begin to show. Allowed to go to public high school so that she could convert her peers, Esther realizes that many kids whom her family describes as heathen unbelievers are in fact quite devout, and she is distracted from the straight and narrow by boys. By age 18, Esther feels trapped and sometimes thinks dying would be better than life with her fundamentalist family. Still she perseveres, marrying, at 20, a boy her parents approve of. Five years later, Esther, with her husband and children, leaves The Assembly. A therapist teaches her about disassociation and triggers. Eventually, Esther, by then a mother of seven, connects with Mary, is drawn to Catholicism, and learns about the importance of grace. Esther's descriptions of her claustrophobic childhood faith are clear and compelling; her account of the faith she found as an adult is, however, less insightful. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books and Such Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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