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Born into a controlling, abusive cult and betrayed by those he trusted, Josh hungers for freedom from the Fundamental Faith in God. After his first escape attempt fails, Josh takes even more solace in a rustic cabin he and his oldest brother made, finding peace in isolation.
After unspeakable tragedy strikes, Josh flounders for hope and anything that will soften the grief threatening to destroy him.
Determined to escape the cult that offers only heartbreak and loneliness, he's stunned by an unexpected connection with one of the other kids in the cult orphanage. That doesn't stop him and he continues to prepare for a final escape.
But when the other kids in the cult need him to protect them and be part of their family, is Josh betraying them by trying to get away?
©2014 Jared Nathan Garrett (P)2017 Jared Nathan Garrett
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4 out of 5 stars
By Victoria Schwimley on 06-04-18

Touching story of a brother's love

This story has tragedy from the start. I've read several true accounts of children being forced to live in cults, and it's something I've never understood. Child Protective Service can be quick to remove a child from his or her home because a parent isn't providing adequate nutrition or making sure the child goes to school, but when a child is raised in a cult and "tortured" in the name of religion, the behavior is excused because the parent is protected by The Religious Freedom Act. I'm not knowledgeable about it, but I know what goes on in this story has nothing to do with the Lord I know and love. That said, it is a fiction story, though the author states the situations in the story is not a far stretch from the truth. I really liked this story and the only thing, in my opinion that kept it from being a five-star read for me was the fact that often I was confused as to who was speaking in the dialogue. I would have related more to the characters with a little more scene description. I would highly recommend this story to friends who are interested in cult activity, even though the story is fiction.

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4 out of 5 stars
By W. Swore on 10-27-17

A boy without a mother comes of age inside a cult

The story follows Joshua, a teen boy who wants nothing more than to leave the cult he grew up in. Children of the cult have no mother or father figure but are raised in a strange loveless community. As older siblings run away, Joshua must decide if he will stay or go. I found his coming of age struggle inspiring. His voice was very true to a sometimes young fifteen-year-old attitude, sometimes kind and thoughtful, and sometimes annoying with the character grumbling about things. All in all it was a thought-provoking read.

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