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Going Astray
     

Going Astray

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by Christine Moore
 

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Laura and Malcolm are everyday people whose lives are turned upside down when the church community they sign into becomes more and more un-Christlike in its behaviour. When her toddler’s life is risked by the church leaders, Laura knows she has to escape. But already the community has become a prison, and she becomes more and more frantic in the struggle

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Laura and Malcolm are everyday people whose lives are turned upside down when the church community they sign into becomes more and more un-Christlike in its behaviour. When her toddler’s life is risked by the church leaders, Laura knows she has to escape. But already 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. Faced with decisions that will rip apart her family, Laura acts: but her breathtaking struggle to escape tears apart the family, as this story of betrayal builds to a terrifying climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907984778
Publisher:
Sunpenny Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
314
File size:
769 KB

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I don’t remember the exact date, but I can tell you that it was spring, 1993, during the Waco siege in Texas. Seventy-five Branch Davidians died, including their leader, David Koresh. I recall a brief exchange between Denis, our pastor, and Michelle, a new church member, when someone reported the latest news.

Meet the Author

I was born Christine Birtles in 1948 and was brought up with my younger sister in Central London until a move to the southern suburbs when I was four. I enjoyed my childhood and teenage years in the atmosphere of the 'suburban Bible belt'. I became a Christian with a real but private faith when I was nine, then joined Crusaders and had a lively nineteen-sixties social life with loving parents, father being an opera singer at Covent Garden and abroad. His stage name was Michael Langdon and the whole family's name was changed to Langdon by deedpoll in 1964. I was pleased to lose the name Birtles - no-one could spell it! I was and am fascinated with how the world appears to other people and different standpoints from my own. Part of that impels me to write. I started with religious differences and control, then moved to research (and what might be permissible) and a third book about good and evil influences, what are they and how do we respond. All examined through fiction.

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Going Astray (2nd Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!