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Monday, May 5, 2014

Girl At The End Of The World

disclaimer:  I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
"Girl at the End of the World"
by Elizabeth Esther
  Discover how being raised in a Fundamentalist Christian group affected the life of one young girl.  Elizabeth Esther's grandfather was the founder of "The Assembly" which was comprised of their group along with about fifty sister assemblies in the US and other countries.  The Assembly believed in preparing for apocalypse (stockpiling), modesty (clothing that covered practically everything), street preaching, the King James Version of the Bible, and spanking until the "will is broken".
  Will Elizabeth be able to escape this religion or remain there for the rest of her life to please her parents?  Will Elizabeth be able to have a loving relationship?  Will Elizabeth raise her children the same way?  All of these questions will be answered in this story of one girl's struggle in the Assembly. 
Mommy in PA:  This was a very interesting book.  Once you start reading it is very hard to put down because you really want to find out what happens to Elizabeth in the end. 
  The book starts out when Elizabeth is nine years old (which is my son's age, so it really made me think).   The book explains how Elizabeth lived with her parents and quite a few other people who were practicing the same religion.  They all had schedules that were to be followed daily and if not they had to make up that chore plus an extra 15 minutes work.  I could really feel for Elizabeth in the part where she explains how she was trying to get good grades, work on the school paper, keep up with her chores, etc.  I have trouble keeping up with my housework so I can only imagine having to add more work because I didn't get that done. 
  You can just feel her fear, pain, and frustration in her writing.  Especially the part when it comes to whether she is going to spank her own children.  I'm not going to let you know the answer though because you really need to read this book.  I think all parents should read it and see how religion can affect their youngsters. 
  Even with all the struggles she endures Elizabeth still has the ability to let her humor out too.  There were quite a few parts of the book the book that made me giggle.  One part that clearly sticks out in my mind is the chapter titled "God Knows if You're Wearing a Thong". 
  Like I said, this was a hard book to put down once you start and well worth taking the time to read. 
To learn more about the author you can check out her website here and to read the first chapter of "Girl at the End of the World" you can head over here.

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