Can you imagine growing up in a cult? And you will doubt the reason your parents join in the cult and the way others stare at you. This book will answer some unspoken questions to let the reader better grasp what the experience of growing up in a cult and what may be like after recovery.
Dr. Kendall is contributing to the researches of sect upbringing and she advocated positively that those who are born and raised in a sect should be paid more attention. Her book reveals the difficulties and challenges will be confronted when dealing with this group, including:
• the risks and vulnerabilities associated with maltreatment and abuse
• the potential impact on child and adolescent development
• socialization and whether or not the child received state schooling
• how children and young people come to leave sects and what happens to them afterwards
• the practical and emotional challenges they may face, such as stigmatization, loss, trauma, and identity.
The issues listed above are to be addressed and there are much more. In this book, the voice of this group will shine through the quotes from research participants and autobiographies.
This book will arouse the interests of the scholars and the supporter of this group including loved ones, teachers, clinicians, clergy, or other professionals, but those who can benefit most from this book are themselves. Hope this book can comfort your soul and sharpen your mind.
Review by Michael D Langone, Ph.D.:
Dr. Lois Kendall is one of the leading researchers on people born and raised in sects. Her research has illuminated the short- and long-term effects of sect environments. She has also been a passionate advocate for people born and raised in sects, writing and speaking widely about the needs of this underserved population. In this book she presents her findings and advice for the lay public. The book will help those born and raised in sects to adjust to life in a free and open society, tell mental health professionals and clergy how to support the second generation, and educate the general public about often overlooked tyrannies in our midst.
Michael D Langone, Ph.D., editor of Recovery from Cults, a counselling psychologist and Executive Director of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA).
Review by Celeste Jones:
This is the most comprehensive book to date on every aspect of being born into and raised in a sect/cult. It is a must read for anyone wanting to study this field, for those with relatives inside a cult, and for second-generation like me who want to understand where I came from, how I can move forward, and to know that I am not alone.
Celeste Jones, best-selling author of Not Without my Sister: a true story about three sisters who were born and raised in the Children of God (The Family International).
Not Without My Sister is a 2007 best-selling book written by sisters, Juliana Buhring, Celeste Jones, and Kristina Jones. The book details their life as mistreated and sexually abused in the Children of God and eventual escape from the cult and they are working on uncovering its scandal. It was number 1 on the Sunday Times best-seller list for 5 weeks, and remained in the top 10 list for 15 consecutive weeks. It has been translated into nine languages