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What do you do when you have a message from God that makes everyone around you angry?

From an early age, MiMi knows that she is meant for something greater.

MiMi describes her special relationship with God as she moves from the mixed-religion home of her early childhood to Orthodox Judaism in her teens, to the establishment and development of her cult in the Israeli desert
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Janet
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this book I immediately turned back to the first page and started again. I read this book 2 times in 5 days. That should tell you something about the quality of the story. Wow.
I was deeply moved. I could feel myself in the skin of this young woman as she searched for the meaning of her life. She tried so hard to connect with family members that were completely unavailable to her. She searched for her mission through study of religious texts. And hoped to find the approval she’d
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Happy Booker
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Memoirs of a false Messiah is a memoir written about a woman who has a message from God. MiMi has a mission, and that has her move from her mixed religious home to Orthodox Judaism and eventually has her cultivate her own cult.

By using her past readings and understandings in the Bible, she creates an engaging environment for her followers. However, things do not all go as planned. Soon the attention and fame she receives become too much, and a few of her followers betray her. Doubt c
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Ingrid Vermeulen-Quakernaat
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intense book in which the I-form is written so that I could easily find myself in the lead. The story of a girl who was formed in her childhood by the view of others on her but also on her parents. Father is of Jewish descent but gets married outside the community and is therefore disowned by his family. When Mimi becomes an orphan, her Jewish grandparents take her home. Although she tries to meet their wishes, she is not accepted in who she is. During her adolescent years she sees around her ...more
Jojo
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Memoirs is a compelling debut, allowing us to explore the worldview of a cult leader. Becker expertly explores the motivations of both Mimi and her followers, allowing the reader to see the societal issues they take issue with. The novel also highlights Becker's familiarity with various forms of Judaism, from the Orthodox yeshiva world, to college life, to Israel. The story is also well framed by Mimi's present narrative between flashbacks. Memoirs is a delightful quick read (I finished it in 2 ...more
Fern Chasida
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Fern Chasida by: Boaz Gershon
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This slim volume kept me riveted the entire way through.

This is the story of MiMi, whose sad childhood and family estrangement leads her to reinterpret Judaism and become a messiah and champion to a community of women who feel empowered by her words.

Told from the present and in flashbacks, the book follows MiMi from her youth through her path as a controversial spiritual leader of women.

I look forward to reading Pamela Becker's future works.
Oren
Aug 20, 2019 added it
A true page-turner
Jen
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I know the author. Which made me all the more terrified to read this book - what if I didn’t like it? What would I tell her? Would I post a review? Well, these fears evaporated within reading the first ten pages of this jewel of a novel. I will not give away any of the details of the book - as I will not do justice to Becker’s storytelling - but sufficed to say, this book is the perfect summer read. Becker has mastered the elusive combination of an instant page-turner and quick ...more
Emily Goldring
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found Memoirs of a False Messiah to be a completely captivating and enthralling book. I couldn't put it down because I was wholly immersed in Mimi's life story. I loved the flow between her childhood and current day to grow the picture of who Mimi becomes. Pamela Becker builds a beautiful narrative around each of Mimi's settings, to give the reader a clear visual image of what's going on.

I highly recommend Memoirs of a False Messiah to all readers who want a page-turner!
Hila Lamdan
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting and mind opening. recommended to fans of The Red Tent and shows like The Handmaids Tale. The writing is phenomenal and I enjoyed reading it :)
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Memoirs of a False Messiah is Pamela Becker's debut novel. Originally from New York, she has enjoyed a long career as a marketing executive and consultant for some of Israel's leading technology companies. After she was widowed with three small children, Pamela co-founded and remains the active chairperson of the Israeli charity Jeremy's Circle, which supports children coping with cancer treatment ...more