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Megan grew up in care and suffered all kinds of abuse, then struggled in adulthood to build a normal life

Hampered by her differences and lack of identity, Megan was lured into the embrace of a fundamentalist Christian group.

Attracted to the church because of her desire to know God and the warmth and inclusivity of the members, their promise of answers and healing, backed
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Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Describe Write
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My Nightstand
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really entertaining, thought provoking, and in all, quite enlightening it has fresh ideas and interesting interpretations of the Holy Bible. The protagonist, Megan, goes from a child with a tumultuous childhood who does not get the same kind of affection from foster homes than her older sister who got adopted and lived a decent life, to a grown woman who becomes a member of a Christian cult where she at first gets special, kind treatment then later feels animosity towards it and ...more
Grady
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A miscegenation of beliefs and realities

British author Gillian Dance studied English Literature and Linguistics and works from home as a copy editor and ghostwriter. THE ULTIMATE RELIGION is her debut novel. She lives in Devon, England.

Though the public is aware of isolated cult religions such as Jim Jones’ People Temple and the Kool-Aid suicides of 918 people in Guyana in 1978, few other religious cults have gained such notoriety. Author Gillian Dance offers a story told in the first person
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Nirvarnia
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dance does a great job of maintaining a strong voice throughout the story. The protagonist (Megan) is hesitant, as we all are in doing something fairly foreign and new, and concerned as she slowly dips her toes in the water of this new group and their beliefs. However, also as we all do, we get enamored with the people and tend to open up. Though the beliefs don’t suit my own, I found myself liking the characters and wishing I knew them in real life (even though I do see reflections of these ...more
Green Pastures
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am fascinated by 'extreme' religions, having read many books on Scientology and watched a number of documentaries on the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. It seems that there is such a fine line between genuine faith and religion, and the more extreme 'churches' that tip into cult territory. So many men and women who have spent time in these organisations have such important stories to tell, but fear for their safety, the safety of those they love, or from being cut off from the only family ...more
Dionysos
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Megan’s harsh upbringing in and out of foster care set in the UK made her a difficult child to associate with. The other children fought with her and she with them. It’s the order of foster care that no one truly feels loved and accepted. Abused and shamed even by her own sister, Tessa. The dynamic between the sisters distant yet protective. They helped each other from personal demons and personality traits that came from their parents (genes) or by the way the sisters were forced to grow up. ...more
Stephen R.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimate Religion is a brilliantly crafted story that is inspired by real life. The book explores the Bible and Christianity in depth. The author talks about church, its leaders, and the people who join such organizations. The book covers themes such as illness, abuse, religion, and miracles.

The main character, Megan, experiences a turbulent childhood but has a religious experience at a young age. She finds herself at the center of two worlds with real miracles and love on one side and
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Jessica LeVault
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following Megan through her experiences of being an orphan and how she came to choose her religion in The Ultimate Religion is a great way to spend a weekend. You see her experience many of the trials people go through today and the way she survives. This book is an excellent inspiration to all trying to find their place in the world. Gillian does an amazing job describing the areas she visit and you can almost see them and experience it all with her. She even gives accurate description of ...more
Tara Phillips
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Megan’s harsh upbringing in and out of foster care set in the UK made her a difficult child to associate with. The other children fought with her and she with them. It’s the order of foster care that no one truly feels loved and accepted. Abused and shamed even by her own sister, Tessa. The dynamic between the sisters distant yet protective. They helped each other from personal demons and personality traits that came from their parents (genes) or by the way the sisters were forced to grow up. ...more
Abstract Voice
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ultimate Religion by Gillian Dance is based on the true story of a young girl who gets sucked in unwittingly to a cult- like church. This book details her upbringing, the way the church influenced her, and everything that happened in between. This is a rather heart wrenching tale, as you learn of the abuse that Megan endured during her childhood, how she ultimately grew up in foster homes, and finally escaped those trying times. First homeless, then finding a job, and trying to move on with ...more
Julie Barrett
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ultimate Religion by Gillian Dance
Starts out with the girls and their mother has just walked out the door and their lives. Their father does not even seem to realize they are there still.
They are put into foster homes and Megan ends up at the grandparents. After they die she's moved back to her father's care til she is old enough to move, get a job and her own place.
She has come into contact with others who discuss religion. Her older sister used to take her to church and also to parties but
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Blancmange
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a weighty book, covering a wealth of ideologies surrounding a fundamentalist church system, along with it's fanatical followers. A well-written and compelling coming-of-age story, sees protagonist Megan make a difficult journey from a very harsh childhood, to trying to find her place as an adult. I found the subject to be shocking and controversial, particularly as it covers, in depth, difficult subjects that may be a bit close to the bone for some readers (depression, illness, abuse to ...more
Emerson
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimate Religion: Taken in by a Cult, Finding the Real Truth, by author Gillian Dance, follows Megan, first through her early religious experiences and then as an adult when she falls into the company of a fundamentalist Christian group. The books underlying goal is to open a conversation up around religions and look at it from an objective perspective. Dance is using this story to explore Christianity without judgment. She uses passages from the bible as well as real-life experiences from ...more
High Light
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brave story based on real-life events, 'The Ultimate Religion' by Gillian Dance will resonate with so many young men and women, who have found themselves struggling with their identity and their place in the world. This is what happens to Megan. She has had a hard time in the foster care system, which leaves her so unsure of herself, lonely, and most of all, wanting to find a place to call home. There was never another person so vulnerable and susceptible to a fundamental religion. Her need to ...more
Monica Reents
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ultimate Religion is based on real life events and the realities of what happens when people find themselves faced with abuse, neglect, and torn down to believe they are not worthy… then find themselves faced with a way “out” using religion.

Megan has had a difficult and complicated life. She grew up in the foster care system and suffered abuse by many hands. Feeling lost within herself, she finds herself being attracted to a fundamentalist Christian group that offers her answers and a place
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible and moving read, and it surprised me by how strongly I felt for Megan as I read it. There is a profound reality that runs along with the story that only adds to the emotion behind it all, and I’d struggle to understand anyone who couldn’t empathize with Megan, no matter what their own personal faith. The first person telling of the story heightens the experience further and, I felt, placed me in amongst Megan’s journey rather than watching from afar. A very well-written ...more
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Gillian Dance is the author of The Ultimate Religion, as well as various short stories, and is currently working on her second novel. Gillian studied English Literature and Linguistics and works from home as a copy editor and ghostwriter.

Gillian's hobbit-hole is in Devon, England, which she shares with her husband and various pets. As well as writing, she reads voraciously, loves philosophy, and
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“We were never carefree. Cares just change over the years.” 14 likes
“There it was again, that word, obedient. Dredged up out of the dark ages by a man scarcely older than me” 10 likes
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