- Paperback: 398 pages
- Publisher: Aperture Press (May 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780985002695
- ISBN-13: 978-0985002695
- ASIN: 0985002697
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,344,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mushroom Satori: The Cult Diary Paperback – May 15, 2013
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"Lost and looking for answers can often leave us with many curious questions about our life and what we seek out of it... Mushroom Satori is an enticing novel of spirituality and facing the mistakes we have chosen in the past." -Midwest Book Review
"...an interesting novel... Szimhart shows us how easily anyone, especially a vulnerable seeker, can be drawn into a group." -Marcia Rudin, International Cultic Studies Association Magazine
About the Author
Since his own involvement in a small cult decades ago, Joseph Szimhart has become an expert in the field of exit therapy and is a highly sought-after consultant. He has made numerous media appearances and has been a consultant for major network news programs such as CNN, Dateline, and NBC. His work has been cited in more than seven print books. He has been featured in Newsweek, Forbes, and the Washington Post. He is also an accomplished artist.
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Kudos to Szimhart for taking the reader on such a sensitive, imaginative, well-crafted ride. I enjoyed the book--including the internal journal--thoroughly and was sad when the story ended.
Satori is a good read that should find a broad audience--not just parents of kids in cults. Ideally, young adults, particularly smart restless seekers pushing the outside of the envelope, will read it, too.
Mark E. Laxer
Cambridge, Vermont, September, 2013
Author, Take Me for a Ride: Coming of Age in a Destructive Cult and The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory; includes The Line, a Companion Music CD by Eric Maring
"Mushroom Satori, the cult diary" is a novel about Jake's vulnerability, seduction and later retreat from a meditation cult community in the New Mexico desert.
Jake's spiritual Master combines an uplifting spiritual message with manipulative and ultimately abusive tactics. Jake's intimate friendships, doubts, and desire for a meaningful life lead a reader from idealistic beginnings of cult seduction, through painful departure and eventual successful recovery and reintegration to society.
The story entertains while educating. Szimhart's compassion offers validation for former cult members, especially those emerging from a group based upon Eastern philosophies. For family members of cult victims, Jake's personable character provides valuable insight into a cult member's mindset.
When I first got it I was afraid it might be too long, by the time I was finished, I was drawing it out to the end not wanting the journey to end!!