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By Don Lattin

In the culture of Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, Don Lattin's Jesus Freaks is the tale of a stunning pilgrimage of revenge that left humans useless and shed new gentle at the relatives overseas, some of the most debatable spiritual hobbies to emerge from the non secular turmoil of the sixties and seventies.

Some say The kin International—previously referred to as the youngsters of God—began with the simplest intentions. yet their sexual and non secular excesses quickly pressured them to head underground and stick to a gloomy and unsafe course. Their charismatic chief, David "Moses" Berg, preached an intensive critique of the piety and hypocrisy of mainstream Christianity. yet Berg's message quick devolved into its personal internet of lies. He lusted for energy and limitless entry to lady participants of his flock—including younger women and teenagers—and grew to become a drunken tyrant, developing re-indoctrination camps around the globe for rebellious kids below his keep watch over.

Thousands of youngsters raised within the relatives could disorder and take a look at to dwell common lives, however the prophet's inheritor obvious, Ricky "Davidito" Rodriguez, used to be not able to both undergo the excesses of the cult or healthy into common society. Sexually and emotionally abused as a baby, Ricky left the fold and started a campaign to break the single relatives he ever knew, together with a plot to kill his personal mother.

Veteran journalist Don Lattin has written a robust, engrossing ebook approximately this uniquely American tragedy. Jesus Freaks is a cautionary story in case you fail to question the prophesies and proclamations of an individual who claims to talk for God.

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Woman’s dress is a standing lie,” Noyes declared. ”6 David Berg also found a role model in Joseph Smith (1804–1844), the founder of the Mormon Church and the most famous polygamous prophet in American history. “The life of Joseph Smith and the Mormons was a great influence,” Berg once confessed. ”7 Joseph Smith, like David Berg, put great emphasis on the violence of the approaching Christian apocalypse. Both men bred generations of fanatics among their followers and among their enemies. Jon Krakauer said it well in his 2003 book on extremist Mormon sects in southern Utah: “The zealot may be outwardly motivated by the anticipation of a great reward at the other end—wealth, fame, eternal salvation—but the real recompense is probably the obsession itself,” he writes.

Richard Peter Rodriguez was the only son of Karen Zerby. ” He was known in The Family during his teenage years as “Pete,” but he called himself “Ricky” after he left the fold. Susan Joy Kauten was Karen Zerby’s longtime personal assistant and one of several young women who helped raise Ricky Rodriguez. ” She legally changed her name in 1993 to Angela Marilyn Smith. Merry Berg was the daughter of David Berg’s eldest son, Aaron, and Aaron’s second wife, Shula. ” Sara Kelley was the primary nanny of Ricky Rodriguez and author of The Story of Davidito.

She and I were holding this meeting for a small Alliance church in northern California…. One cold night we were sleeping together in the big double bed that [the local pastor] had rented for us, and which rather shocked us when we saw the room! But we hardly dared complain knowing how poor he was and what a small pastorate he had and that he probably couldn’t afford separate rooms. One cold night we woke up in the middle of the night with no heat and quite cold. Apparently, I must have been stirring and my mother must have been cold and realized that I was cold too, so suddenly in an almost impulsive movement she threw her arms around me and snuggled me real tight.

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