“READ YOUR BEAUTIFUL BOOK…in about 5 days! It was great! Thanks for sharing your story with the world….I feel honoured to have played a small role in your life-adventure…and privileged to read about it all, now. You have a great writing style, Esther…would love to see you give Hollywood a go at it…have it put into a script for the silver screen! The lovely people at JW may have a word or two to say about that though, but the world needs to know the TRUTH of what happens behind the scenes! I had no idea how criminally invasive and twisted their teachings are…to suggest they are merely dangerous is much too polite! Its amazing the grip they hold on their members, and the terms brain-washed and indoctrinated both seem mild compared to what you really experienced. I could barely put it down at times. …I pray with you that your kids will one day, ‘wake up’ and realize their MOM is a brave, brilliant, and beautiful soul! I salute your courage to ‘tell it as it is’…well done, Esther! Love and Hugs, Beverley” ~ Room mate when I first moved to B.C. (Love you, Beverley!)
Someone familiar with knowledge of the theology of my background read my introduction and wrote, “I resonated with what you said about if you asked your family / husband, they wouldn’t have thought they were being abusive. So true, their thinking gets all turned and twisted, they don’t know which way is up.”
I laughed about that comment, since my old — now deleted — blogsite was called exactly that: “Hey! Which Way is Up?” written at an earlier time during my healing journey. How fitting!
“Amongst other things, your book is a thriller! So many terrifying scenes, I was sitting on the edge of my seat!!” ~ an ex-member.
“I started reading your book and it made me cry,” confessed a man I know.
It made a man cry?
“Why?” I was fishing for his insights.
“You show how really vulnerable children are,” he paused and answered thoughtfully. Then he hesitated, shook his head, and concluded, “Some parents really shouldn’t be parents.”
Additional Thoughts about Phoenix of Faith
My parents didn’t necessarily “choose” parenthood. They didn’t know about birth control or parenting. They did what their parents did and their parents’ before them. And they didn’t always make healthy choices.
But knowledge is abundant in our modern age. Good books abound, if we are discerning. Good and not-so-good therapists abound, too. One must “shop” for a good one — someone with whom they resonate. Someone trained in their specific area of dysfunction.
So I told my friends who referenced my parents, “I wrote the book from the perspective of my earliest recollections so that readers can get a sense of what its like growing up in a dysfunctional family where ‘God says’ — virtually everything, no matter how crazy it sounds!” I drew quotes with my fingers around “God says,” punctuating my point about throwing religion into an already warped situation.
Thank you again readers for expressing your comments about the book. These really help a self-published author such as myself to gain recognition and credibility!
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