OUT OF THE COCOON: A Young Woman's Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult

OUT OF THE COCOON: A Young Woman's Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult

by Brenda Lee

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BN ID: 2940013197909
Publisher: Reed, Robert D. Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Brenda Lee was born on a rural farm in Pennsylvania in 1962 and moved to Colorado in 1980. Early on,she began her love of writing through journaling and as the editor of her high school’s creative writing project entitled, “Special Feelings.” She graduated from college with honors in Denver,Colorado.

Brenda writes, produces and edits an internationally renowned newsletter that helps former cult members take flight and is involved in counter-cult work through her seminars entitled, “Understanding Cults: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family.” Feel free to contact her to schedule an event for your church, women’s empowerment, youth, or survivor’s group, etc.

Since her memoir Out of the Cocoon was published in 2006, she has appeared on over a dozen radio programs around the world, has delivered countless speeches and has participated in numerous book signings for Barnes and Noble, Borders and Waldenbooks. Brenda made a nationally televised appearance on “The Secret Lives of Women”(WEtv) in September 2009.

Reflecting back on her life in a cult, Brenda’s motto is, “Acceptance of anything outside your control is liberating.” She considers herself both resourceful and tenacious. At age 47 she became a certified scuba diver, despite the fact that she has nearly drowned twice in her life.

Today she joyfully embraces every moment with her son, Derek, and two dogs, Scruffy and Razz Matazz, relishing her life Out of the Cocoon.

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Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman's Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cleonelyvonne More than 1 year ago
I am the one who uploaded Brenda's book onto NOOK and immediately reformatted the book after becoming aware of that bad review. I feel bad someone could write a review to discourage people from buying this wonderful book because her formatting didn't flow smoothly. I met this author and am so impressed with how empowered she lives her life. She could have succumbed to the squelching of her childhood but courageously rose above her past and is so generous to want to help others who relate to her story. Of course there are people who have horror stories that may make Brenda's pale in comparison, but I think it is important to honor all levels of pain, whether it be emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual. Had Brenda minimized her emotional, spiritual, and mental pain because it wasn't as horrific as someone else's abuse, then those with a similar story to hers would have been deprived of her powerful, honest, open story that may help them.
Kingwander More than 1 year ago
I found Brenda Lee’s book “Out of the Cocoon” very helpful in dealing with my own demons. Like millions, I have suffered from the cults shunning practices and lost friends and family. This book is a MUST READ FOR any newly outed Jehovah’s witnesses. Ms. Lee is also a great example of perseverance, sacrifice for one’s children and the triumph of a woman alone in the world. The compilation of chapter opening quotes will follow one for a lifetime. This book was very well written. Everyone will find inspiration from it.
nofearnodenial More than 1 year ago
I believe that Brenda Lee is very courageous. Can you imagine the emotional and mental trauma of having your own parents abuse you or neglect your needs when you are an innocent child? Children do not have the capacity to understand what is happening to themselves and their family. A child that experiences love from and for their parents, but then suddenly it completely changes, it can traumatize and confuse them. Children start blaming themselves, withdraw into themselves, and develop low self-esteem and a whole host of mental/emotional/physical problems. To minimize the level of abuse or neglect that a child experiences is like aiding the abusers. Children need validation of their feelings and when adults or others tell you to toughen up or ignore your cries for help, it's completely devastating. Miss Lee is a hero in my book. I think child abuse and neglect are the worse crimes that people commit, whether they belong to a cult or not. It is even worse when people do this in the name of god.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am having an awful time reading this book on my NookColor. I've been kicked back to the cover dozens of times so far and I am only on chapter 3! The table of contents is totally a mess and there are random paragraphs where the font is smaller for no apparent reason. I can't adjust the font type or size. The "last page read" never saves correctly either. I do not have these issues with any other ePub book I have bought from B&N. Amended post: I finally managed to finish the book in spite of the technical problems. I want to note that I contacted the publisher and the author who were both very responsive and offered to send me the book in another format. Kudos for their professional handling of the situation. However, at this time, there still is not a corrected version for the Nook available. At least they are aware of the problem. That said, I wish I could give a better rating on the book now that I have read it all. I suppose abuse is in the eye of the beholder. I've read quite a few books by those who have escaped truly horrific and life-threatening circumstances - but in this case, I felt the author over-sensationalized the mundane and played the victim long after the Boogieman was out of the picture. So, she squirmed in church and her mother threw her Barbies away when she as a kid. Hardly in the same class as being forced into an arranged incestuous marriage at the age of 14 (see Elissa Wall's book about her life in the FLDS.) Though the author was estranged from her family after leaving home at 18, which was not hardly the dramatic "escape" the title leads you to expect, it seems she should have considered that a good thing given their uncomfortable relationship. The title also implies a courage I just didn't see in this book, especially compared to others in this genre. I saw a lot of "woe is me, I am all alone in the world" attitude that didn't match up with the facts (she writes about having no friends, but then mentioned several close friends from school that she even kept in touch with over the years.) After she leaves home, her life is rather ordinary for a young adult getting a first apartment, dating, working, being a single mom, etc. Her lengthy rant about childcare seem totally misplaced in a book about a cult. The style of the book is quite amateurish and reads like a self-published journal and lacks professional editing. I imagine it finds a niche with fellow ex-Witnesses who enjoy sharing their "war stories" (and I am sincerely happy for those who get something out of it), but I personally don't see this book as having much substance for the general public.