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PostPosted: 29 Oct 2008, 13:27 
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Cults offer a closed bubble of love, faith

By LEE MATTHEWS - Manawatu Standard

TELLING HER STORY: Palmerston North writer Michelle MacKinnon who has written about life after religious cults.

People believe in and love God. What happens when that love and belief gets turned into a religious cult to control people? Palmerston North author Michelle MacKinnon explores this, and what happens when people leave cults, in her newly published book Escape from Eden.

The Palmerston North writer has just published Escape from Eden, a fictionalised account of what it is like to grow up in a closed religious cult, then escape, and have to learn to live in the World.

In her book, the capital W throbs with threat. Imagine growing up told that because you are a woman, your role in life is to have babies, produce food and clothing and, overarching everything, to submit to the group's Elders, who are men. They know best. You don't, because you're a woman. You don't even get to choose your husband - you just get to have lots and lots of babies. Underpinning this is loving God, worshipping God, glorying in God and the Spirit and the Word.

You never leave the community's farm, you don't know your grandparents or extended family members who aren't in the community, and every question that starts with the word: "Why" is disrespectful and not submissive enough.

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I would commend the work Seductive Poison, which makes this exact point. It was written by an insider in the infamous Jim Jones cult, who managed to get out just in time.

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