"I was raised in a homegrown, fundamentalist Christian group--which is just a shorthand way of saying I'm classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, street preaching, and the King James Version of the Bible. I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp "modesty vision" that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away.
Verily, verily I say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I'm all set for the end of the world. Selah."
A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire.
Elizabeth Esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings (to "break her will"). Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable. Leave.
In her story, readers will recognize critical questions facing every believer: "When is spiritual zeal a gift, and when is it a trap? What happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers?" And, "How can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?"
"Girl at the End of the World "is a raw, hilarious memoir about the search for faith with a future after spiritual abuse. It is a story of lingering questions and the growing hope that God can still be good when his people fail.
Includes reading group discussion guide & and interview with the author