Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman's Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult

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Author's Choice Publishing, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
Out of the Cocoon is a heart-wrenching, yet inspirational tale about the author's escape from a religious cult after enduring decades of dysfunction. Take the incredible journey with her as she survives stifling oppression as a child, physical and emotional abuse as a teenager, and the ultimate tragedy: the loss of her family once she becomes an adult. See how, like a butterfly, she changes the world within her, as her external world becomes increasingly unyielding. This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced abuse, alcoholism, single parenthood, serious depression, or a parent's rejection. Discover more about your own life through Brenda Lee's introspective, yet humorous flight from insanity. Learn how you, too, can emerge Out of the Cocoon to create a future brimming with unconditional love and lasting happiness.
 

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Contents

All Alone in the World
1
Growing a Farmers Daughter
5
Wolves in Sheeps Clothing
19
Keep Paddling
33
The Cocoon Weakens
53
Breaking Free
61
Prostitution and Thievery
77
Leaving it All Behind
85
The Snowman Puddle
141
Life Begins Anew
145
Daycare Nightmare
149
Family Ties That Unravel
167
Preserving Derek
177
Neon Signs
183
Guardian Angels
189
Peace of Mind Childcare
195

The Butterfly Takes Flight
89
Deaf Dumb and Blind Dating
101
Taking an Honorable Stand
105
Searching for Unconditional Love and Acceptance
111
Come to Jesus Meeting
125
Happily Ever After
129
The Circle of Life
135
Forgiving Making Peace Moving On
203
Finding Meaning in My SufferingA Revelation
207
Afterword
213
Puzzling Through Poetry
217
Recommended Reading
235
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About the author (2006)

Brenda Lee graduated with honors from Barnes Business Collage in Denver, Colorado. She is an active member of the Foothills Writers' group in Colorado. Brenda also produces and edits an internationally distributed monthly newsletter to help former cult members take flight. Today she joyfully embraces every moment with her son and two dogs, relishing her life out of the cocoon.

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