Delusion is the story of one child, Patricia Hochstetler, caught in the trap of parental good intentions. Between the ages of four and six she was snatched from the warmth of "Jesus Loves Me" and thrust into a world that was cold and barren. Her plaintive question, "Why can't I play with a doll?" went unanswered.
She wanted to please God and her parents, but the harder she tried the more desperate and confused she became. "Why is my aunt hiding out in the woods? Why did my cousin get taken out to the east coast and dumped? Why is my father acting so strange? What can I do to be sure I am going to heaven?" The unspoken questions, even of a child, could never be answered for no one dare question the rules.
The author reminds us that no one decides to join a cult. Parents set out to find truth, to draw closer to God. In their wayward search their children become scarred, sometimes eternally. Confusion reigns because the rules change for no apparent reason. If it was good yesterday, why is it bad today?
In DELUSION we see how the trap was set for one little girl and her family. Her memories and family stories reveal how powerful the need really is to belong. How much are we willing to surrender to be part of the group? These Amish families were industrious, intelligent, compassionate, God-fearing people. But their lack of discernment brought broken relationships, heartache, despair, and even death.
This book is the first of a three part series: deception is exposed in book two and deliverence is revealed in book three.