Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rescuing Randy - Book Review

Book Synopsis:

The author shares the disturbing and inspirational story of her son's entrapment and manipulation by a religious cult and her family's struggle to reclaim him. Randy became a navy recruit the autumn after his high school graduation. Within a year, he joined the Christian Fellowship Church International. Later, along with other sailors, he was baptized into their ministry team. His family saw a drastic personality change occur. He became a stranger as the cult drew him in deeper and deeper. His family needed answers: What had happened in his life? What could they do about it? As they progressed through his abduction, deprogramming, snapping, exit counseling, and ultimate freedom, their faith grew stronger and their family bond deeper.

About the Author:

Geneva Paulson is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has spent her life working with church youth of all ages and caring for patients at Tri-County Hospital. She loves to read, cook, and spend time with her large family. She and her husband live on a small farm near Eagle Bend, Minnesota, population 535. In their semi-retirement, they have beef cattle and enjoy raising a large garden and sharing the produce.

My Review:

A true story written from a mother's point-of-view, Rescuing Randy tells of a serviceman who is bright and educated, yet falls prey to a cult. 

After Randy enlists in the Navy he joins a church known as Christian Fellowship Church International, led by Lloyd Ray Davis.  Randy, along with other members of the congregation, are brainwashed into believing their money, services, and time should pour fully into the church.  Randy's family becomes troubled and soon learns what Randy believes is a church is actually a cult. 

This book is an interesting account of how a family goes to great lengths to unearthing the truth and going through a turbulence of emotions while watching Randy go downhill.  It also shows how faith in God gave the family strength to rescue Randy through a rough intervention and bring his life back to normalcy.

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Masshole Mommy said...

Oh my god - this sounds like an awesome book!