Prophet's Daughter: My Life with Elizabeth Clare Prophet Inside the Church Universal and Triumphant
In early 1990, in response to apocalyptic prophecies given by her mother, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Erin Prophet entered a network of underground bunkers in Montana along with members of her mother's Church Universal and Triumphant, a controversial New Age sect. Emerging to find the world still intact, Erin was forced into a radical reassessment of her life and her beliefs. She had spent her adolescence watching her mother vilified as a dangerous cult leader even while attempting to meet her expectations by becoming a "prophet" herself. Prophet's Daughter describes Erin's search for her mother's origins and motivations. With the craft of a storyteller, she describes the combination of health crises and external pressure that drove her mother's ever-more dire prophecies. She reveals how the allure of infallibility led her mother to a conspicuous downfall, and how her mother's rapidly progressing Alzheimer's disease truncated any hope of resolution. A remarkable memoir with implications for the dialog about power, group behavior and the future of religion.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookaholism - LibraryThing
Vastly fascinating all the way through the end. Although about an I AM sect, the same old story applies: followers will do anything for a charismatic leader. Usually at 2 levels - an outside and an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bobbieharv - LibraryThing
A strange but engrossing book, which isn't quite sure if it's recounting the life of the supposed guru or the perspective of her daughter, who bought into the cult for much of her life. As a result, the chronology was confusing, and the author's perspective seemed still enmeshed at times. Read full review