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Devastatingly moving, brilliantly inspiring and utterly unforgettable, Cult Following is a searing memoir of survival, love and transformation. 'A brave and deeply moving story of fierce spirit' - Dakota Johnson Bexy Cameron was in her late twenties then the dark events of her past finally caught up with her. Bexy was born into the Children of God, one of the world's most not Devastatingly moving, brilliantly inspiring and utterly unforgettable, Cult Following is a searing memoir of survival, love and transformation. 'A brave and deeply moving story of fierce spirit' - Dakota Johnson Bexy Cameron was in her late twenties then the dark events of her past finally caught up with her. Bexy was born into the Children of God, one of the world's most notorious cults. She was 9 years old when she experienced her first exorcism, held in a secret commune deep in the British countryside. At 10, she was placed on Silence Restriction, forced to be silent for a whole year. Even from an early age, she knew what was happening was not right. At the age of 15, she escaped, leaving behind her parents and 11 siblings. Haunted by her past, Bexy set off on a road trip across America, embedding herself in the underbelly of religious cults, living with children who, like her, are born into the worlds their parents and cult leaders have created for them. It is a journey of meth cooks, monks, Jesus Freaks, soap-making Armageddonists, surveillance vans and finally, confronting her parents and herself.


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Devastatingly moving, brilliantly inspiring and utterly unforgettable, Cult Following is a searing memoir of survival, love and transformation. 'A brave and deeply moving story of fierce spirit' - Dakota Johnson Bexy Cameron was in her late twenties then the dark events of her past finally caught up with her. Bexy was born into the Children of God, one of the world's most not Devastatingly moving, brilliantly inspiring and utterly unforgettable, Cult Following is a searing memoir of survival, love and transformation. 'A brave and deeply moving story of fierce spirit' - Dakota Johnson Bexy Cameron was in her late twenties then the dark events of her past finally caught up with her. Bexy was born into the Children of God, one of the world's most notorious cults. She was 9 years old when she experienced her first exorcism, held in a secret commune deep in the British countryside. At 10, she was placed on Silence Restriction, forced to be silent for a whole year. Even from an early age, she knew what was happening was not right. At the age of 15, she escaped, leaving behind her parents and 11 siblings. Haunted by her past, Bexy set off on a road trip across America, embedding herself in the underbelly of religious cults, living with children who, like her, are born into the worlds their parents and cult leaders have created for them. It is a journey of meth cooks, monks, Jesus Freaks, soap-making Armageddonists, surveillance vans and finally, confronting her parents and herself.

30 review for Cult Following

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    heart wrenching, disturbing and superbly written. bexy’s story was so readable and addictive that I kept having to remind myself that this was in fact, non-fiction and not some terrifying made up plot. whilst I wish it had gone into a little more depth at times, overall this was an insightful and enlightening, memoir I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. TW: child abuse (mental, emotional, physical and sexual), domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, pedophilia

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ophelia Alderton

    I don’t want to write some sort of salacious review of this book because, as I had to keep checking, this is non-fiction and consequently someone’s life. Bexy Cameron, through her parents choice, was a member of the Children of God cult, and managed to escape and in doing so was ostracised by her family. This is her story. What makes this book standout for me is not just the very well written biography but Bexy then went on to try to uncover and report on other cults around the world and attempt I don’t want to write some sort of salacious review of this book because, as I had to keep checking, this is non-fiction and consequently someone’s life. Bexy Cameron, through her parents choice, was a member of the Children of God cult, and managed to escape and in doing so was ostracised by her family. This is her story. What makes this book standout for me is not just the very well written biography but Bexy then went on to try to uncover and report on other cults around the world and attempt to uncover if they were as dangerous and damaging to children. A standout book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Listened to about 2 hours. The language was very descriptive which I'm sure many readers love, but I'm not one of them. I wasn't so interested in her exploration of other cults and when it started going into that is when I stopped. Listened to about 2 hours. The language was very descriptive which I'm sure many readers love, but I'm not one of them. I wasn't so interested in her exploration of other cults and when it started going into that is when I stopped.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    “I want you to know that I now have a life that I never, ever dreamed was possible as a kid. I have happiness and joy beyond my wildest imaginations” Bexy Cameron was born into The Children of God, one of the most notorious cults. At 9 her family are shipped off the British country wise to start over. At 10 she spent a whole year in silent reflection, no talking or eye contact to be made with anyone and she was completely isolated from her friends and family while being in a thriving commune. The “I want you to know that I now have a life that I never, ever dreamed was possible as a kid. I have happiness and joy beyond my wildest imaginations” Bexy Cameron was born into The Children of God, one of the most notorious cults. At 9 her family are shipped off the British country wise to start over. At 10 she spent a whole year in silent reflection, no talking or eye contact to be made with anyone and she was completely isolated from her friends and family while being in a thriving commune. The neglect and damage this punishment had on Bexy was horrific. Bexy struggles knowing what’s happening is not right however being a child under the children of god leadership she is completely helpless. By 15 she’s escaped and leaves everyone and everything behind. Blended in with her childhood retelling we also see where Bexy has been after leaving. Her road trip across America gathering information and insights of religious cults. Sparking investigations into the unimaginable illegal things that happen behind closed doors. I’m an absolute sucker for anything including a cult and really enjoyed the learning about Cameron’s life and her transformation into the strong woman she is today. There’s a brilliant interview on YouTube by @audible_uk that I highly recommend watching after reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Giovanna Walker

    Definitely fierce and moving. Cameron's story is an insight into cults, from a child's perspective, when you had no choice but to follow your parents. Insightful and at times scary she takes you on her visits to the cults as an adult - and all the feelings (trauma) that it raises. I did worry for her at times thinking what the hell are you doing to yourself?!! But was glad she was seeing a psych who helped explain and work through these feelings with her. Technically I found the editing a bit al Definitely fierce and moving. Cameron's story is an insight into cults, from a child's perspective, when you had no choice but to follow your parents. Insightful and at times scary she takes you on her visits to the cults as an adult - and all the feelings (trauma) that it raises. I did worry for her at times thinking what the hell are you doing to yourself?!! But was glad she was seeing a psych who helped explain and work through these feelings with her. Technically I found the editing a bit all over the place with dates and times, backwards forwards, but perhaps that is part of the feeling of disorientation that the story is conveying? Cameron also holds back, in such a raw memoir. For example she spent much time (& it wasn't an easy time during her first cult revisits) with Sofi, and yet she doesn't thank her in the acknowledgements - where she thanks nearly everyone else by name & specifically. I wondered why? What happened to the documentary? (I note that she thanks Dakota Johnson, but makes no mention of her story being put into a movie? Again, I wondered why).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Laman

    Torn Cover Collection 001 Sat on my feelings of this book for a little while as to me it came as a tale of two stories. On the one hand hearing Bexy's story about the Children of God, her escape and her life beyond it is one of the enthralling things I have read in a long time. The journeys to the U.S. while important too me carry as much weight to me personally. Hoping that the author is doing a lot better now that she has told her tale and overall did enjoy what I read. Torn Cover Collection 001 Sat on my feelings of this book for a little while as to me it came as a tale of two stories. On the one hand hearing Bexy's story about the Children of God, her escape and her life beyond it is one of the enthralling things I have read in a long time. The journeys to the U.S. while important too me carry as much weight to me personally. Hoping that the author is doing a lot better now that she has told her tale and overall did enjoy what I read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MRS. L LAYLAND

    Heart rending but uplifting I am not normally drawn to anything autobiographical but something about this story drew me in. The insight of a child brought up in this environment, the resilience against adversity, and the sheer determination to find a way through and out of cult. The scars left as an adult and the proof that you have to find your own version of peace in this life. Well done Bexy....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Absolutely loved this book. I feel like I've been looking for this book for forever, since reading about the Children Of God in an early 90's River Phoenix biography, so I'm really glad Bexy found her strength and took the plunge into writing this. A brutally honest insight into the world of cults from a first hand experience. Heart breaking, heart warming, and often funny. I fell in love with the girl/teen/woman from page one. Highly recommend :-D Absolutely loved this book. I feel like I've been looking for this book for forever, since reading about the Children Of God in an early 90's River Phoenix biography, so I'm really glad Bexy found her strength and took the plunge into writing this. A brutally honest insight into the world of cults from a first hand experience. Heart breaking, heart warming, and often funny. I fell in love with the girl/teen/woman from page one. Highly recommend :-D

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Robinson

    Scarily interesting and very detailed descriptions of life from inside a cult. I was wowed by how brave the author was in a) leaving and b) investigating her own upbringing. It felt an appropriate spotlight was cast over the various cults and societies visited, yes there was an element of exposure but mostly just a curious look at how these communities had formed and built their networks, across the globe in some cases.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Richards

    Beautiful, heartbreaking, raw. Bexy' Cameron's account of growing up in the Children of God isn't remotely sensationalist, it is simply honest. From her own experiences as a child, to her investigation into other cults as an adult, it is a stark view of the evil that continues to this day in the name of 'religion' Beautiful, heartbreaking, raw. Bexy' Cameron's account of growing up in the Children of God isn't remotely sensationalist, it is simply honest. From her own experiences as a child, to her investigation into other cults as an adult, it is a stark view of the evil that continues to this day in the name of 'religion'

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jade Doodes

    I found this book truly fascinating as cults have always been interesting to me. In this book Bexy shares her childhood growing up in the Child of God. Reading what Bexy went through as a child is heartbreaking, and reading about her journey after leaving is truly inspiring.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Micozzi

    I'm blown away by both this incredible story and the quality of writng given everything Bex endured. I'm blown away by both this incredible story and the quality of writng given everything Bex endured.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Whew.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lever

    This was hands down one of the best books I read this year and definitely a book I would recommend to everyone!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Fascinating memoir, what a life Bexy has been thrown into. I couldn't put this down and every page fascinated with me with what an earth could happen next. A gripping very well told memoir. Fascinating memoir, what a life Bexy has been thrown into. I couldn't put this down and every page fascinated with me with what an earth could happen next. A gripping very well told memoir.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

    Review to follow...

  18. 4 out of 5

    rubywednesday

    Really interesting story held back by muddled writing. I have a lot of respect for the author's choices and message but the narrative never quite came together for me. Really interesting story held back by muddled writing. I have a lot of respect for the author's choices and message but the narrative never quite came together for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Louise Mullins

    A cult memoir. Nothing new here. No sense the author progressed from her trauma or got any amount of closure.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lo

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Stevens

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Byrne

  23. 4 out of 5

    mikeawford

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie Rigby

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Kelly

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy McGrath

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Reynolds

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jones

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jon Reed

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aisling Bolger

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