By Don Lattin
In the culture of Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, Don Lattin's Jesus Freaks is the tale of a surprising pilgrimage of revenge that left humans lifeless and shed new mild at the relatives overseas, essentially the most debatable spiritual routine to emerge from the religious turmoil of the sixties and seventies.
Some say The kin International—previously referred to as the kids of God—began with the easiest intentions. yet their sexual and non secular excesses quickly compelled them to head underground and stick with a depressing and hazardous direction. Their charismatic chief, David "Moses" Berg, preached an intensive critique of the piety and hypocrisy of mainstream Christianity. yet Berg's message speedy devolved into its personal internet of lies. He lusted for energy and limitless entry to girl participants of his flock—including younger ladies and teenagers—and grew to become a drunken tyrant, constructing re-indoctrination camps all over the world for rebellious young children lower than his keep an eye on.
Thousands of kids raised within the kin might disorder and take a look at to reside common lives, however the prophet's inheritor obvious, Ricky "Davidito" Rodriguez, was once not able to both undergo the excesses of the cult or healthy into general society. Sexually and emotionally abused as a baby, Ricky left the fold and commenced a campaign to ruin the one kinfolk he ever knew, together with a plot to kill his personal mother.
Veteran journalist Don Lattin has written a robust, engrossing booklet approximately this uniquely American tragedy. Jesus Freaks is a cautionary story in case you fail to query the prophesies and proclamations of a person who claims to talk for God.
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