When Kate Barlow used to be a bit lady, she moved together with her mom and her older sisters to a ramshackle English mansion. They weren't on my own at the once-grand property, surrounded as they have been by means of twenty eccentric, aged girls, one among whom was once her grandmother . . . or used to be she?

This outstanding memoir is the real tale of existence inside of "The A," the notorious Agapemone, named for the Greek be aware that means domicile of affection. It was once a non secular cult based in mid-19th century England by means of a defrocked clergyman who claimed to be guided for my part via the Holy Ghost. Agapemonites, lots of whom have been filthy rich, single ladies, lived jointly at the property. They believed the second one Coming used to be forthcoming and that their founder may stay endlessly. whilst Henry James Prince died abruptly, his successor declared himself the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, a statement which triggered rioting within the streets.

The publication finds the author's sluggish awakening to the spiritual and sexual scandal that enveloped her kin, as first the founder after which his inheritor — Kate's grandfather — persevered the perform of taking so-called "spiritual" brides. actually, those relationships have been actual in addition to non secular, and a few produced illegitimate teenagers, Kate's mom being one in every of them.

This first within account of the notorious cult is usually a narrative approximately kin, and its lingering legacy on a number of generations, together with Kate Barlow's personal mom. it's a gripping, occasionally humourous, deeply human tale.

Show description

Read Online or Download Abode of Love: Growing Up in a Messianic Cult PDF

Similar Women books

The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries, and Her Granddaughter's Search for Home

Her identify used to be Rosamond Pinchot: hailed as "The most adorable lady in America," she used to be a niece of Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot; cousin to Edie Sedgwick; part sister of Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK's lover; good friend to Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Arden. At nineteen she was once chanced on aboard a cruise send, at twenty-three she married the playboy scion of a political Boston relations, yet through thirty-three she used to be useless by means of her personal hand.

Why I'm Like This: True Stories

Cynthia Kaplan takes us on a hilarious and infrequently heartbreaking trip via her detailed, uncensored world—her bungled romantic encounters and unsung theatrical reviews; her gadget-obsessed father, her pill-popping therapist, and her eccentric grandmothers; her fearless husband, whom she engages in an ongoing conflict over which ones is the preferred individual of their house; and, in fact, her vengeful, power-hungry one-year-old son.

Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back (P.S.)

In strong parallel tales, mom and daughter provide enthralling first-person debts of the nightmare that shattered their kin and the fantastic trip they took to discover their as far back as one another. Claire Fontaine's relentless cross-country look for her lacking baby and supreme determination to strength her into therapy in japanese Europe is a gripping story of useless ends, painful revelations, and, now and then, miracles.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott, the recent York occasions bestselling writer of Sin within the moment urban and “pioneer of sizzle historical past” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding precise tale of 4 ladies who risked every little thing to develop into spies throughout the Civil struggle. Karen Abbott illuminates essentially the most attention-grabbing but little recognized features of the Civil battle: the tales of 4 brave women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who have been spies.

Extra resources for Abode of Love: Growing Up in a Messianic Cult

Show sample text content

Rated 4.19 of 5 – based on 28 votes