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    Rebecca Stott(Author)

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In the vein of Bad Blood and Why be Happy when you can be Normal?: an enthralling, at times shocking, and deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult.

‘At university when I made new friends and confidantes, I couldn’t explain how I’d become a teenage mother, or shoplifted books for years, or why I was afraid of the dark and had a compulsion to rescue people, without explaining about the Brethren or the God they made for us, and the Rapture they told us was coming. But then I couldn’t really begin to talk about the Brethren without explaining about my father…’

As Rebecca Stott’s father lay dying he begged her to help him write the memoir he had been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family, who, for generations had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet, each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and could not go on.

The sect were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan: non-sect books were banned, women were made to wear headscarves and those who disobeyed the rules were punished.

Rebecca was born into the sect, yet, as an intelligent, inquiring child she was always asking dangerous questions. She would discover that her father, an influential preacher, had been asking them too, and that the fault-line between faith and doubt had almost engulfed him.

In In the Days of Rain Rebecca gathers the broken threads of her father’s story, and her own, and follows him into the thicket to tell of her family’s experiences within the sect, and the decades-long aftermath of their breaking away.

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • Rebecca Stott(Author)
  • Fourth Estate (25 Jan. 2018)
  • English
  • 4
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  • By Mr. J. Hunt on 2 September 2017

    A hauntingly sad, but truly informative look at the 'Exclusive Brethren' and the effect that their cult-like behaviour had on one family. I learned a lot from this book, which for me is beautifully written, and not written out of hatred either. It is not an 'anti-religion' book as some like it can be, even though the author has moved away from Christian faith. As a Christian myself, reading what she has written - I can understand why. Whether you are a person of faith or not, this book has some powerful lessons to teach, especially to parents about the effect they can have upon their children, and also as a clarion call to Christians who unneccessarily build barriers and walls, when Jesus told us to 'go and make disciples of all nations', not hide within locked halls.

  • By Guest on 4 August 2017

    So interesting, I read it very quickly over two days and passed it on to a friend. Rebecca's account of life within an ' exclusive' brethren, the history of how such came about and the effect it had on the family was really unbelievable. Now ready to re-read and try to understand how a few powerful people can control thousands and thousands of people to do despicable to their families, friends and themselves in the name of religion. Unfortunately these cults are still with us. This book ought to be in senior school libraries

  • By gillian mackichan on 3 August 2017

    Have lent this to friends who are similarly impressed and amazed that've author could survive such a background ..and lead such a fulfilled life .An excellent read

  • By John 29 on 12 July 2017

    An honest and readable account of life in a cult. I found it very readable and also sad that those in the Exclusive Brethren have lived such narrow and isolated lives when the intentions were no doubt noble.

  • By suzon on 16 August 2017

    I worked as a teacher for quite a few years in a Brethren school and this book took me into their "life". I now know why and so many unanswered questions have now been answered.

  • By Guest on 2 August 2017

    Downloaded onto kindle easily as usual, enjoyed reading different material

  • By John H. on 3 August 2017

    The journey of anyone who has to endure the stunted existence of a closed community is fascinating. When that involves growing up, breaking away and entering the 'new world of the everyday' it's compelling. When narrated by an author who is a natural storyteller and professionally acclaimed, it has that quality of a great read.

  • By Roz Bailey on 21 August 2017

    A different and interesting read.

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