And can be re-used…
This was a read that really tests your belief in pastors and religion and demonstrates how easily they can twisted to one person’s beliefs and self.
Here we see a so-called pastor preying on girls who had lost their self-esteem and thus believed that they were worthless and when they found a ‘saviour’ behaved according to his rules. Even when those rules were harmful to them. This is how cults work. They take those who are needy and work on their self-esteem until only the cult can fulfil those needs. They become grateful for what is supplied – food, shelter, and if it is abuse, then they believe that it is justified.
And often fathers are just as much to blame in a patriarchal society as they can idolise the sons and use and re-use the daughters with both mental and physical abuse until the girls are lost.
But isn’t courage doing what is right and good even when you are afraid? And we see this courage in action in this story.
I found the story disturbing and hard to read at times but somehow the writing didn’t quite flow as well as a 5 star book, so 4 it is.