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The Protest, a sort of Handmaid's Tale meets Zorba the Greek, is a gripping, heartbreaking page-turner that's wryly amusing as well. Inspired by the real-life religious hijacking of the author's only two children, this quirky, cautionary tale is important to a post-9/11 world grappling with the issue of abuse of religious power. As the book's jacket says: "We do not want

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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by WordSmith Publishing (first published 2003)
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Aly
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Protest tells the story of religion gone awry, of religious authority used with the intent to manipulate, to isolate and destroy. Through wonderful rich characters and dialogue and unrelenting suspense, "The Protest" takes us on a journey through the lives of one family literally torn apart by Christianity. Bunnell's story is a hopeful one of survival. I would highly recommend it to all! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Al
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2015
When I first looked at the subtitle of this book I said to myself, “Is it fiction or is it a memoir? It can't be both.” Or can it? I'm convinced much of The Protest is fiction. Not having to stick to the truth makes for a better story. And this is a good story. Near the end of the book the protagonist of the novel makes this comment, which I think gets to the heart of the matter:

Fiction is usually a mixture of truth as the writer sees it and flaming lies. Writing is simply another means for
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Debra Torgerson
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
HOW WE SEE GOD IS HOW WE TREAT OTHERS.

I had to finish this book to see how the author would resolve this story on a fundamentalist church gone rogue. It saddened me to know that this does go on under the guise of Christianity. It makes me angry that this is the God that is portrayed to people that are so wanting to be loved and accepted. I am so thankful for the last chapter in this book. A chapter of hope and of God's Grace. I will say that I didn't like some of the language and sexual
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Alec Clayton
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Protest is an emotionally draining book. It grabs you early on and the intensity keeps escalating until you think it can’t possibly get any more stirring. And then it does. If you have a heart, you will ache for Janey and her daughters. If you possess the least spark of humanity you will despise the Rev. Logan Churlick. You will think he can’t possibly become any more manipulative, any more evil and despicable, but then he will prove you wrong.
The Protest is no feel-good summer-on-the-beach
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Christa Wojo
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reverend Churlick might just be the most infuriating delusional, narcissistic antagonist I ever encountered in a book. I found it very difficult to experience the helplessness and frustration Janey suffered from Churlick’s relentless manipulation of her daughters. I was just filled with loathing and outrage how he and his wife and how abused religion to warp the minds of the girls. Despite that, I enjoyed The Protest on so many other levels. It’s painstakingly written with beautiful imagery, ...more
Patricia
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-abuse
This is a really great book, anyone that has ever gone through a bad divorce and child custody battle should red this book. Not only do we read about her divorce but we also learn about a young lady that is going through a rough time in her life is manipulated and sexually abused by her church leader. This book shows us how easily someone going through a traumatic event in their life can be brain washed by an authority figure. This is a story that will stay with you for a long time after you ...more
Karunakaran N.
The Protest by Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell... Child custody after a divorce is the theme of the fiction, the elements of religion used as a tool to alienate the child from one of the parent and the law does not understand this. An emotional depiction of what happens to the parents and children insidiously.
Amy Sherman
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pulls at your heart strings

I couldn't put down this absorbing, tale of a woman's struggle to understand what happened to her impressionable daughters at the hands of their fanatic, religious father. Parental alienation is real and this book is a fabulous account of the heartbreak under the influence of religious fanatics.
Ann Miller
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was gripping. It felt deep, rich, and true. There were plenty of plot twists to ensure an excellent novel, but it felt like a memoir because of the gritty realism. An excellent read.
Roni Delligatti
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honest, raw, heart-breaking

As hard as this book was to read in places, it had to be horrible to live. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing it to help others!
Emogene Redmon
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Prostest!!

Avery good and interesting book, I never thought about the power someone can have on your mind before, It was so interesting I could hardly put it down!!
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Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell is the oldest of seven children. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, moved with her family to southern California for her teen years, and then migrated to Washington state, where she has lived for over three decades.

Dianne graduated from Whitworth University with a BA in English. She has taught high school English from incarcerated teens to honors classes. In addition,
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“I don’t get that kind of admiration every day. Wanna get married?” he asked. The man’s wide nose looked as if it had been broken, and the unruly blonde hair suggested no hint of pretension. When the smile broke over his face, the mischief and irony coalesced into an exploding cigar kind of attractiveness. Jane laughed, shaking her head. “What kind of wild man are you?” 1 likes
“They were submerged in wild strawberry hunts, swimming and water skiing, horse rides, sing alongs, and nature walks on miles of trails disappearing into the saintly aspens. Awards hung from cabins’ flag poles, and each day ended with camp fire vespers at sunset with Logan’s Bible stories and more singing. The exhausted, happy youngsters were packed, day after day, and long into the night, with sugar-coated cereals, candy, soft drinks, and God.” 0 likes
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