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Finding Freedom

(The Zion Series #1)

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Katie was born into a cult. Her family lived there for generations. As she got older, she realized the Elders were keeping secrets from the community. Risking everything, she leaves the cult and searches for the truth. With the help of outsiders, Katie and her young husband David are put in touch with an organization called Purple Haven, which provides medical care, shelte ...more
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published March 16th 2017
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S. Pearce
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On one level this is an easy-to-read coming-of-age novel. It describes two young people who fall in love and overcome various challenges to be together. However, these very challenges are what make this book so interesting. The young adults are in a cult. They have been told what to believe, what to think, how to act, even who they should fall in love with is prescribed in this secretive society. The storyline is more than a battle of free will against dogma, it is a sensitive treatment of life ...more
Al
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Finding Freedom was the first Christian fiction novel I've read, and I must say it was not what I was expecting, in a pleasant way. This is quite a straightforward story about a young girl trying to find her place in the world. Having grown up in a cult - the Zion community - with her family her whole life, Katie Martin lives a very structured life where everything is planned out for her, right down to who her future partner will be. Her seemingly ideal life starts to spiral out of control, howe ...more
Christina Belcher
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review by Paula Ricketts:

This book took me a little by surprise. I've not read a lot about cults, but I've seen a few TV shows and movies about them. This book definitely opened up to me the way some cults operate, and also how many people are truly brainwashed.
This was the story of a young girl who grew up in such a cult. All along she felt like things were not as they should be, and she didn't want to continue in this lifestyle. Katie had a twin brother and a loving mother and father. The comm
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Richard Bunning
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting a book full of violence, both physical and psychological, with layers of cruel malevolence driving its agenda. This read isn’t like that. This is a quiet pastiche, a sensitive unravelling of years of mental mind-washing, the story of well-planned escape and months of gradual adjustment to life outside of a closed, controlling community.
Those that expect to read about physical violence and a dangerous escape from it, will be disappointed, unless like me they find something ‘spirit
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Brittany Vail
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free copy of this novel from the author. While she did ask that I please write a review, it was not a requirement of having received a free copy. This review is my own unbias opinion of the novel.

Finding Freedom is a Christian Fiction novel that follows the love story of Katie as she flees the constraints of the religious cult she was born into. If I had to compare the writing style to that of another author, I would say it has the simplicity of
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Stuart Ashenbrenner
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When Katie realizes that everything is not as it seems, that the Elders in her community are hiding things from her and her people, Katie and her husband David decide to escape.

Taking shelter with a group known as Purple Haven, Katie battles through the hardships of being away from her community, which is all she's ever known.

This book, although it would fall into the Christian and/or spiritual genre, is a book full of thrilling adventure of this young gir
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Linnea Bjerstedt
I must say that this book really kept me captured from the beginning to the end. You get to follow the story of two people who are in love, unfortunately within their cult they are not able to be with each other. They are forced to leave everything they know behind in order to be with each other. The girl, Katie, has a very loving and supporting parents who help them leave. The boys family, David, know that they are supposed to not talk to David ever again if he leaves but they love their son so ...more
Victoria Schwimley
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Finding Freedom because I love to read about peoples' plights to escape a controlling environment. A warning to listeners/readers, this is heavy on Bible talk, so if you can't be objective in terms of religion, this book might not be for you. In this story, we learn about a family who turns their back on the Zion community when the teenage daughter falls in love with someone who would not be chosen as her soul mate. The story seems a little slow at times as we go through the dai ...more
Claire
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a fan of organized religion so I generally avoid books that are heavily based on religion, but the cult aspect of this story intrigued me so I decided to give it a go. I'm really glad that I did, while religion played a large role in the story I didn't feel like it was trying to convert me, it felt like a natural part of the story being told.

I found it fascinating to get a glimpse of what it's like to grow up in a cult and the challenges that arise when you start questioning what you're
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Mack Moore
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read. “Finding Freedom” is a book which has a very powerful story. The story centers around Katie and her husband David. They meet each other at a place called Zion which is supposedly a Christian community, but in reality is a cult. Katie feels out of place there because of the rules of the Zion community. I will not go into the details to not spoil too much of this book, but it’s the reasoning as to why Katie, her love interest David, and her parents leave Zion. Yes they le ...more
Martha
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of things going for it. The author got some of the internal struggles members would go through in leaving a highly religious cult. However, there are so many different varieties of cults, and some of the things were just not quite how it would be in my own personal experiences with a variety of cult groups of that type.

Overall, I felt it was one of the better books that I have read on this topic and I would read another book by this author.
Taintedrose76 Christina
ok ok yes I gave it a 3 but it's just not my kind of read
however I did listen to not only this one but book 2 also
for people who enjoy church reads and things of such topics this would probably be a 4 star read for you it gives a lot of information and brings knowledge to the way of life for the families in the story
it is a okay story for young adults as well no subject matter that is inappropriate or to touchy.
I can't tell the author is a good story teller the way this book was done
Jess Lawson
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding Freedom by Brittany Nicole Lewis is the first book in The Zion Series. This book is so inspiring. I felt if I was right beside Katie with some of her questions. Not because I come from a place like Zion but just because I was never properly taught some of the things she questions. Katie is very eye opening for me and I am so glad I got to listen to her and her families story.
Sue Raymond
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Brittany Nicole Lewis brings her characters to life as she opens the door slightly into the world of communal life. She takes you along as young Katie grows up becoming un-enchanted with what lies ahead of her if she stays in Zion and the fears of leaving the only life she has ever know.
Amanda Williams
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page I was immediately hooked and the book kept me turning page after page until I had finished the entire book. It was a steady pace and always kept me interested.
S.P. Muir
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel really mean giving this book only two stars. I have to say, in many ways, I liked it more than that. My finger hovered over the three star mark but In the end, I downgraded it to two. If I could, I'd have given it two-and-a-half for it's a charming tale with a strong message.
Having 'escaped' what some people consider a cult myself, I could really empathise with the book's heroine, but I did find everything a little two-dimensional for such a serious subject. On the other hand, that very
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Katie was brought up in a cult. From a young age, she had always felt something was wrong. Katie and her family live in Zion. Soon after taking her GED, Katie, her parents and soon to be husband leave Zion and her twin brother to start a new life. Katie and David end up at Purple Haven, where they receive counseling and help in finding a job for David. It is here that Katie finds out he is pregnant. This is a story about faith, love family and strength. This was a well-written story and I look f ...more
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