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Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman's Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Out of the Cocoon is a heart-wrenching, yet inspirational tale about the author's escape from a religious cult after enduring decades of dysfunction. Take the incredible journey with her as she survives stifling oppression as a child, physical and emotional abuse as a teenager, and the ultimate tragedy: the loss of her family once she becomes an adult. See how, like a butt ...more
Published January 1st 2010 by Robert Reed Publishers
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Dec 28, 2007 Fostergrants rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who knows a JW
Shelves: biographical
the similarities between this woman's experiences and the first 20 years of my own life creeped me out beyond belief. my family are considered Jehovah's Witness royalty, being able to count membership back to the beginnings of the cult in the 1800's on both my mother and father's side. i managed to get out after years of fighting, knowing if i left i would lose my family and a lifetime's worth of "friends". a hard price to pay but ultimately i just could not live a lie and i walked away (RAN!) a ...more
Jeff Brailey
May 11, 2007 Jeff Brailey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone considering cults
Anyone who believes the Jehovah Witness religion is not a dangerous cult need only read Out of the Cocoon to dispel that myth from their mind. This true story of woman's grueling and terrifying entry and life in the JW's will bring tear to anyone's eyes, yet the book, like life, also has its lighter moments. Brenda Lee provides a warning to all people that this doesn't just happen to somebody else and you don't necessarily have to be a believer to have a cult adversely affect your life.
Sep 05, 2010 Erin rated it did not like it
I feel a little badly about my review, mostly because this book is apparently very heartfelt and I'm sure that Lee is a fine person. What she isn't is much of a writer - lots of exclamation points, unnecessary footnotes and general nonsense abound. And not only is the writing poor, but the story itself isn't especially compelling. Lee speaks of being brainwashed by a cult, but it's clear that she never really bought in to the Jehovah's Witness rhetoric, and was simply biding her time until she w ...more
Sarah Walsh
Feb 12, 2008 Sarah Walsh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sympathetic people
This book bugged me a little. I have a hard time reading authors self reflections on their trials and tribulations, they end up sounding weak and whiny to me. The author talks with horror about getting on the wrong bus one day after work and how that traumatized her for life, that is a little to sensationalized and melodramatic for me.
Jul 12, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
One brave woman's story about her escape from a cult. I enjoyed Brenda Lee's writing style, she tackles issues head on. I could relate to parts of the book about being tied down to a cult, but also her struggles as a single mom. There are no thrills and spills, this book is just about life and sometimes life just happens.
Sep 13, 2011 Debie rated it did not like it
I bought this book because I have been very interested lately in personal stories of others who, like myself, had been involved in a cult at some point in their lives. I've read some horrific stories of inhumanity, courageous people who fought back, and then some accounts that were simply quite mild in comparison. This book falls in the last group for me. Her book reads like an amateurish self-published journal of a young girl prone to over-sensationalizing the mundane. The writing is poor, the ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Lataun rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one, I will gladly give it away to you though...
blah blah blah...

My dad would say "get a stool and get over it!"

I didn't realize this was a self-help genre book or I wouldn't have picked it up. I thought it would be a lot better. I am also reading "the other side of war". This book cowers in comparison to the things that these women had to go through.

One quote I liked was "Common sense is not so common". Isn't that true? And I learned that if you can stay at home with your children, then you are blessed because some mom cannot afford to do it
Daniel Chamberlayne
May 26, 2009 Daniel Chamberlayne rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful read !!

I'm not the only one that went through this Jehovah Witness organization and survived !

Brenda Lee and I have been blessed !
Dec 30, 2009 Kaileen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was one of the books my mum and I read when we first moved here. And I really liked it. I would recommend it for anyone. It has a very good story.
Sep 27, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Powerful story of survival by a very strong woman. She describes the trauma of losing half her family to the Jehovah's Witness cult
Mar 22, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
I've been doing some research on the JW's including reading some memoirs of people who left. I found the author's story to be helpful and informative. The writing is adequate - not great, but interesting enough to read easily. I'm left feeling sad, though, for people who suffer under the tyranny of false religious teaching and never experience Jesus' true grace and love for themselves.
Carrie Bee
Sep 09, 2014 Carrie Bee rated it it was amazing
I read this book few years ago and it inspired me to publically stand up against the JW organization. I could relate to Out of the Cocoon 100% and I admire all that Brenda continues to do to expose this dangerous cult.
Jennifer Marrs
Jan 11, 2014 Jennifer Marrs rated it liked it
It was an OK read. First half of the book details how her family was integrated into the JW cult, the second half is about her trying to heal and move on.
May 29, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Wow this story hit home again and again. So many time I had to step back and give myself some space as painful memories flooded back.
Chris Pederson
Apr 06, 2013 Chris Pederson rated it liked it
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Brenda Lee's story about growing up in the Jehovah's Witnesses and the life long estrangement from her family once she left.
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