“Esther Friedman describes clearly and succinctly how people get involved in cults, why they stay, and how they leave. How destructive groups often subtly seduce and deceive unknowing recruits is revealed in incredible detail. Weaving Lifton's criteria throughout Esther vividly illustrates mind control, what it looks like, and how it works in cult settings. She tells her story creatively and with humor, using the language of cult recovery, a wonderful blend of memoir and cult education!”
Cultic Studies Scholar
Co-Author, Cult Recovery: A Clinicians Guide to Working With Former Members and Their Families and Captive Hearts, Captive Minds
“Intelligent, infuriating and downright inspiring...Esther’s memoir about her journey into this Boston branch of an esoteric 'school' expose systematic methods used by nefarious groups to manipulate and coerce."
"Friedman does a deep-reckoning with her own cult-escape story and marries it with courage, warmth, wisdom and a scholarly look at everything we can learn from examining the ill-begotten tales of manipulative cults."
--Anna Huckabee Tull, Author, Living the Deeper YES
Master Life Coach, Singer, Songwriter, TedTalk contributor
“An incredibly important and unique story that is also a valuable resource for anyone who has survived an abusive relationship, including cults. Friedman’s book had me spellbound. I’m grateful for this brave and highly personal recounting.”
Spencer Schneider, author of Manhattan Cult Story
Praise for A Gentle Souls Revolution...
"A masterful storyteller, Friedman’s narrative is both instructive and entertaining. As dark as her experiences are, her humor and 'gentle spirit' reminds us of our humanity.
She steps off the page to teach about cults, coercive control, and the dynamics of power and greed.
Come away with a better understanding of human nature, the predators who take advantage, and the possibility for renewed strength and independence in recovery.”
Executive Director, Keys to Me
President, International Cultic Studies Association
Are these tropes familiar?
"You're so emotional!" “You’re too sensitive.” “You think too much!”
If so, you're probably thoughtful and empathic. Strike the "too much." There's nothing wrong with you. This world needs more kindness, not less. Your sensitivity and thoughtfulness are gifts.
I offer my five-year cultic misadventure, the experiences of former members from other cults & research to demonstrate how exploitative hucksters target Gentle Souls all using the same tactics.
Learn the red flags, protect yourself & claim your life!
This Revolution requires valuing empathy, thoughtfulness, and kindness. Protect those attributes & they become your greatest strengths.
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