08 September, 2014
Book Review: Girl at the End of the World - My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future
I've followed Elizabeth Esther's blog for many years and have had some interactions on Twitter with her as well. I read the blog as she struggled with the book and how she sweat tears and blood writing about her life inside the cult. Coming to this story as a cradle Lutheran, I was amazed at the restrictions and rules she had to follow as a member of the cult.
She has emerged from the chrysalis as a butterfly who has found the sky to be enormous as the opportunity to chose how you fill your soul with the way you want to worship. Leaving a free form church to a liturgical one and finding her home there has made her a wholly new person.
She doesn't talk about her daughter's aspirations to be a ballet dancer and how their family raised the funds to send her to ABT's summer intensive and how she prayed that Jewel would succeed. Her tears when Jewel went to summer camp and had a wonderful time, so unlike the memories of EE's summer camp experiences.
I hope that in 5 years or so EE will write another book and talk about how her life is going, if she is still a Catholic and how her family has changed and adapted so far away from The Message.
Also, keep your Kleenex with you, there are parts that made me cry.
"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."