Going Astray (2nd Edition)by Christine Moore
When Laura and Malcolm's everyday church joins a much larger American one, it all seems for the best. But their lives are turned upside down when the church community they move into becomes more and more cult-like in its behaviour. And when her toddler's life is risked by the church leaders, Laura knows she has
At what precise moment does a curch become a cult? ...
When Laura and Malcolm's everyday church joins a much larger American one, it all seems for the best. But their lives are turned upside down when the church community they move into becomes more and more cult-like in its behaviour. And when her toddler's life is risked by the church leaders, Laura knows she has to escape. Already, though, the community has become a prison, and she becomes more and more frantic in the struggle against her husband's and son's disinterest in leaving, her growing attraction to another man, and her confusion about basic Christian gifts of the Spirit. Finally Laura acts, but her breathtaking struggle to escape tears apart the family as this story of betrayal builds to a terrifying climax. ...
Endorsements for "Going Astray":
"This book is unlike anything else on the market at the moment - a page-turner. Issues of healing, gifts of the Spirit, faithfulness in marriage, and discipleship are dealt with in a thoughtful but challenging way as they emerge through the story, amid some delightful and humorous scenes. Get it and enjoy it!" - Rob and Marion White, Mainstream Network Ministries, www.mainstream-uk.com; co-founder and Chairman of Hope for Justice, www.hopeforjustice.org.uk
... "The author has so clearly depicted the horror of moving to a place where Christians would hope to find sanctuary, peace and love, but finding instead a prison." -Sue Gibbons, writer and TV producer
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Let me say first off I am not a practicing Christian nor am I religious at all, so I wondered how I would get on with this novel. However, I soon found it fascinating as the storyline reveals the rather insidious methods some communal churches employ to gain control over their followers. I now find it easier to understand how normally level headed people can get drawn in and influenced by such cult churches. This book is a novel, but it reads like a memoir of real experiences. It tells the story of how Laura, a deeply Christian woman and her family are gently but firmly coerced into surrendering their individual rights and control over their lives when they join the New Wave church and move to a commune. Laura has reservations from the outset and these grow stronger as time goes by. Nevertheless, she still wants to believe that she and her family have done the right thing. It is only when the church leader takes matters into his own hands as regards the treatment of her little daughter, Mel (who has her leg in plaster for a dislocated hip) and things go horribly wrong that she makes the decision to try and escape. This, complicated by her feelings for another man, Bruce, leads to a tense and gripping denouement to the book. A very well-written and compelling novel, and one from which I learned a lot!