Girl At The End Of The World – Book Review
Today I’d like to introduce you to one of the most important, most disturbing, and most thought-provoking books I’ve read this year. The book is called Girl At The End Of The World – My Escape From Fundamentalism In Search Of Faith With A Future by Elizabeth Esther.
Girl At The End Of The World describes Elizabeth’s life in – and eventual escape from – The Assembly – a homegrown, hyper-fundamentalist Christian group which her paternal grandfather, George Geftaky, founded in 1970. The group eventually grew to include 50 Assembly churches around the world before the ministry formally disbanded in 2003 due when serious moral lapses on George’s part were exposed and cultic practices came to light.
Elizabeth was born into this family and cultic environment in 1977 – a time when the group was growing increasingly rigid and legalistic in its religious interpretations.
In her memoir, Elizabeth defines why The Assembly was a cult and provides us with a compelling insider’s look at what it was like to be raised in a religious cult – the long-term effects it has had on her – how she first came to realize she was being brainwashed and what it finally took for her to break free of her environment – and the emotional and spiritual challenges she still struggles with today.
Girl At The End Of The World also includes thought-provoking discussion questions and an interview with the author that you won’t want to miss!
It is both heartbreaking and horrifying to read stories about life-long child abuse. That heartbreak and horror is amplified when child abuse occurs in the name of a loving God, by supposedly loving parents, who forever distort a child’s perception of what true love, true spirituality and an authentic relationship with a safe and loving God is all about.
While Elizabeth does not leave out the details regarding what life was like in The Assembly – she does not linger over graphic details. Instead, she entertains us with her biting wit and her keen sense of humor, even in the darkest of moments.
As a result, once you start reading Girl At The End Of The World – you will find it difficult to put the book down – and you may well find yourself wanting to re-read it as she leaves you with much to think about when it comes to the topics of religion and redemption.
Girl At The End Of The World is the story of one woman’s courageous struggle to live a life that fully expresses the God-given freedom that each of us was born with.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
About Elizabeth Esther
Elizabeth Esther is an author, a popular, award-winning blogger and an advocate for children’s rights. She appeared on Anderson Cooper LIVE to confront the abusive child spanking practices of Mike & Debi Pearl. Her writing has appeared in Mothering Magazine, OC Family and The Orange County Register. She is a contributing writer for Deeper Story. Elizabeth is a mother of five and lives with her husband and family in Tustin, California.
For More Information
- Visit Elizabeth’s Website.
- Connect with Elizabeth on Facebook and Twitter.
- Girl At The End Of The World is available on Amazon.
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