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Memoirs of a False Messiah

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  13 reviews
MiMi knows she is meant for something greater. She has a God-given mission. This belief, together with tragedy, moves her 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. MiMi draws from the women in her life, in the Bible, and in other ancient texts, weaving modern ...more
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Published June 3rd 2019
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Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 crosses her m
Ingrid Vermeulen-Quakernaat
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
Asher Zeiger
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me the definintion of an "engaging read" is one in which I find myself imagining interacting with the characters, and deciding what I would say to them in various serious in the book.

This was a very engaging, and flowing narrative, in which I found myself imagining those interactions at least 3 or 4 times.

A very interesting book with an excellent perspective on both the ease and the danger of extremism.
Fern Chasida
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
A true page-turner
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Hila Lamdan
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Ashley Hedden
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Memoirs of a False Messiah was a good read by Pamela Becker. Mimi has always known that she had a God-given gift and was meant for something greater. She grew up in a mixed religion home, but life circumstances lead her to Orthodox Judaism. She wound up establishing and developing a cult in the Israeli desert. She starts question her mission when violence enters her community. I enjoyed reading Mimi’s story.
Lucinda Clarke
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was not sure if any part of this book was based on truth but in places it was heart breaking and in others a little surrealistic. Not sure I enjoyed it, but other readers might relate more.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The intensity upshifts about 2/3 of the way through this book, starting from entry of Deborah to the story. The opening portions are compelling biography and character development of someone growing through a pretty dramatic child&youngadult-hood. Narration is first person as meditative reflection by the protagonist at end-of-life. While she recalls feeling like she had certain prescience as a girl, that's not so unique of a circumstance, and by the time she's built her movement and bec
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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

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