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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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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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Shocking and Heartwarming at the same time!

This book will leave you feeling all kinds of emotions: anger, sadness, love, friendship, and joy. The author did an excellent job of showing about the cult that Joshua lived in, but making the book about relationships and overcoming hard things. At times I wanted to strangle characters and other times hug them. Listen to/read this if you're looking for a unique perspective on growing up.

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Engaging and thought provoking

Interesting read about a young boy and his experience growing up in a cult. It's not so much about the cult but about the lessons that we can learn from life. Joshua's experiences teach morals such as perseverance, forgiveness and self control. We are who we make ourselves to be, in spite of our surroundings.

I really enjoyed this coming of age story and the engaging with the main character as he turned from boy to man.

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Couldn't stop listening

From the beginning I was hooked and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I finished it in a couple of days. I loved all the feelings the main character goes through. Also, part of what made it even more intriguing was the fact that the author really was raised in a cult and has seen some of the things in the storyline.

The only problem with the book is that I need to know what happens next in the main character's life. We need a sequel!

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Good Book!

This book has a great story. It took me a little bit to get into the story but it got very good. Many laugh out loud moments! Love the multiple "Moron" lines....lol. I would recommend this book to anyone of all ages.

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Thought-Provoking, Interesting Story

I really enjoyed this book, both the writing and narration. I've done a lot of research into cults, such as Jonestown, Branch Davidians, FLDS, Scientology, etc., and cannot believe all that goes on, especially with the kids. It's very tragic, and it can be nearly impossible for some to escape its clutches. Families are town apart, lives ruined. At times it was hard to tell who was speaking at any given time, as the voices all sounded similar, but all in all I really enjoyed it. :)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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.