Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge

Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge

by Don Lattin
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Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of the tremendous following they are purported to have had, I was surprised to learn I never heard of this religious cult-group before picking up the book. I have to agree with Publisher's Weekly's note that there was little information on how the group managed to raise such large sums of money in order for the leadership to live so well. I also would have liked to know a little more about some of the positive things this cult has funded. This would help better explain why so many people worked for and stayed in the organization for so long. Instead, the author chose to focus almost exclusively on the deviant sexual behavior of the group's inner circle. While this makes for titillating reading, it doesn't explain how so many people were so easily sucked in and continued to stay there. My guess is that whenever any organization becomes so widespread, most of the regular soldiers are left out of the loop. Still, it was an interesting read and a very sad tale about the effects of child abuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had originally bought this book because I had read one with the same place, written by a girl raised in this "family".I wanted to see if the two books were similar. The telling about what went on in the family was identicle. It's really odd to know that cults like this exist. I'd sure recommend reading this if looking for a true story about cults. The other book I read was "Not Without My Sister".
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