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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Girl at the End of the World

I thought that Girl at the End of the World by Elizabeth Esther sounded fascinating and I was not disappointed.

Maybe because I grew up in the 90's in a homeschool circle that included several fundamentalists (though none as extreme as the group The Assembly featured in this book) I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.

The control, the methods of Michael & Debi Pearl's To Train Up a Child, courtship, submission, prophecies of the end of the world, fear arising from a religion that focuses solely on doomsday, etc. are all in this book.

Elizabeth's writing is clear and quick. She made me feel what she felt. It was quite interesting seeing inside a cult from a child's view and seeing how one is able to escape, though not without lasting effects. 

I was confused with Elizabeth's use of we throughout the book and didn't figure it out until she thanked people in the end that she grew up with a sister. 

When Elizabeth casually mentioned a childhood experience of her dad holding her down and tickling her and then giving her a "titty-twist" (in her words). This comes close to molestation in my book and it was just casually thrown in there and never spoke of again. I didn't see the point of this in the book?

Other than those two points I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will have to check out her blog.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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