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This is a powerful and moving story about how good intentions can sometimes lead us down the wrong paths, how love can go awry, and how the psychology of abuse plays out. I was impressed with how well written this book is--the few typos are easily overlooked for me personally--and how well the author mixes talking about her personal experiences with factual and theoretical information about cults. It's really well done and the book is better for the combination of the two.
I admire the bravery of the author for telling her story, and I think I'm going to have to look a bit harder at memoirs! I had no idea what I was missing.
This powerful memoir begins with a heartbreaking break-up, one that is demanded by the cult leader, a woman who ultimately will insist she be called Lady Limori. By the time you finish it, your heart will probably be broken a little bit, too.
There are many books about cults and it's estimated that there are more than 5000 cults now active in the United States, so these stories will, tragically, continue to be told and they need to be told.
Alexandra Amor was committed to the teachings of this unnamed cult for ten years, and we live through the entire experience with her, a real life "game of Snakes and Ladders." Sometimes she finds herself on the good side of Limori and other times, she is told she has a "dark energy" and too much "ego." The push and pull of all cults is well examined in this story, how they recruit you with "love and acceptance" (hence the title) and then how they keep you, with fear and mind control.
Having read several books about cults, what always strikes me is how similar they all are. The all claim to have "the Truth," they all claim to hear directly from God or the leader IS God, and they all either know your sin or they want you to sit and confess your shameful secrets to them. In one particularly chilling scene, everyone in the cult is told to write down every dark secret they have. Once they are done and are before the cult leader...well, what happens next needs to be read to be believed. Same with the time when one woman is asked just how committed she is to God and when she says she is 100%, she's then asked to prove it. What follows is humiliating and very disturbing.
The author’s great sensitivity to her story and the people she knew ensures that the reader is always aware of his her surroundings as the story unfolds. You really are there, and there is grace and great affection in the writing. Ms. Amor admits that she stills loves the people in the cult she left behind, and that rings true throughout.
Toward the end, one woman confides to the author, “I just want to get through this. I know it will make me spiritually stronger.” This is a book/story that is difficult to stop reading because you come to care so very much for the people involved.
And as the author says at the end: "If you have been in a cult, I am not too proud to get on my knees and beg you to get professional help and to work at your healing so that the rest of your life can be lived as freely as your spirit intended."
CULT, A LOVE STORY is highly recommended, and it's not easy to forget.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone whether they have been involved with a cult, know what a cult even is, know others that are or may be near a cult situation or from realising that many of us have had near misses to suffer as Alex did. The book also explains very well the issues of trying to resume normality.
It relates to the phrase ' sad but true'. So many different ways of leading your life !
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