The Children of God: There Is Life After the Cult. Many teenagers and young adults will be introduced to religious cults during our generation. They will have to make the decision whether or not to join. Cults approach their victims by highlighting the supposed attributes of their organizations – communal living with shared financial responsibilities, greater self-awareness, freedom to dedicate one’s life one hundred per cent to God by dropping out of school or society. This can be very attractive to the confused teenager seeking for identity or the young adult who may be suffering from an emotional upset.
The deception of destructive religious cults unfortunately is eminent in our society and has become a major problem. For many who join, they spend months, even years in a euphoric state until suddenly they realize that they have been wrong – terribly wrong. Upon admitting their deception and attempting to emerge from the bonds of the cult, they find themselves in great depression, with deep feelings of guilt and frustration. Many rejoin destructive religious cults because they can’t face life’s responsibilities or reality.
The purpose of this book is to help ex-cult members and their families re-adapt to life after the destructive religious cult experience. It is also written to help the Christian believer who has encountered cults and have contemplated membership. To these individuals the author says BEWARE of the lure of destructive religious cults. Though some provide a sound religious experience, many are not biblically based in their theology. All too often, cults that have digressed from the word of God (the Bible) ultimately seek to “kill the self-will” of an individual, thereby destroying their testimony.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born in Macon, GA. I have been writing for about 20 years.This is my first Book. The Children of God – There is Life After the Cult, is a true story of a two year period that I personally experienced in the cult – The Children of God.It tells of my failures and triumphs and how I was eventually de-programmed (with the help of my sister and late husband) from the bonds of the cult and how I successfully re-entered society.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was awarded a full scholarship to study Spanish (through a Study Abroad program) in Madrid, Spain when she met the Children of God.Iwas a student at Schiller College (an American University in Europe).I was very sincere in my pursuit of spiritual fulfillment. How was I, a bright young woman with a promising future so deceived? Where did I go wrong in my Christian walk?
With my story, I answer these questions by looking back, re-experiencing the events, delving deeper into the actions and motives of those who influenced me.I re-examine who I was and what I felt.I explain why so many young people get trapped into believing the doctrines of these cults.Also, I explain the circumstances of their lives that may lead them to delusion.
How did you choose the title?
This was inspired by the Book written by Deborah Berg. She is the daughter of the late David Berg. Her Book (published in 1984) is entitled: “The Children of God: The Inside Story.”
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published?
Finding an Agent was the most difficult. Eventually, I found a New York Agency. They found the award winning Publishing Company, “Eloquent Books.”They have been great at training me to undertake “the process” of Book Publication.I am very excited about their growth to introduce foreign markets (and e-books, etc.)
How did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I began writing the book about 20 years ago. After writing each Chapter, I became more excited about how my story could help others to be set free from bondage.
How did you get started?
I started with my arrival in Madrid, Spain as a study abroad student. This experience was exhilarating. Yet, when I met the Children of God in a Student Café in Madrid, my life totally changes.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Most are fictitious names to protect the innocent. However, this is a true story of my 2 year involvement with the Children of God cult.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Writing is hard work. It was difficult to dramatize the most traumatic experience I had while being indoctrinated into the cult.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
My next book, I will obtain the assistance of a “ghostwriter.”
What types of books do you like to read?
Dramas, Autobiographies, Spiritual.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dr. James Love, Stephen Covey, Dr. Neil Clark Warren, Dr. Ben Carson and Dr. Jacqueline McEwan.
Their books are riveting and inspire me to “love the life I live.”
Are you working on your next book?
What can you tell us about it?
1) Housing and Homelessness – changing my Master’s Thesis into a Manual for Community Organizations/Churches and 2) The Stories of Our People (actual life stories of the people I know).
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
It is great to write, which is very relaxing for me.I am able to release my life’s experiences and learn from my mistakes.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
College students. They will encounter various religious cults on the campuses. Young Adults who have children. Christians who are looking for a guiding light. Older adults who have children who live on college campuses. Religious leaders who want to “warn” their congregations/outreach ministries about cultic lifestyles.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I am a fighter. I survived a 2 year traumatic experience with a religious cult. It started out fine until they changed their rules with the “New Revolution.” This included unbiblical practices that caused me a lot of emotional suffering as I struggled with their doctrines.Buy the book at Amazon.com.