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In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, a Father, a Cult

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Having asked his teacher the exact distance of the children of Israel’s flight from Egypt to the promised land, he found it baffling that a trip of 65 miles should have taken a full 40 years, or an average of about eight yards a day.

He was described as the “Elected Vessel”, and his word held a quasi-papal sway — effectively turning the sect into a cult. It gives people vitality, can [contribute] to self-esteem, and increases endorphins that have a positive effect on the mood. Three Days of Rain is a 2002 American film directed by Michael Meredith and starring Penelope Allen, Erick Avari, and Alimi Ballard.Eventually the father ran afoul of the leader after a terrible scandal and they family was forced out.

Stott’s father, who had been a pillar of their EB community in Brighton, pulled the family out then, and the book is something of an attempt to lay his ghost (Stott uses this metaphor herself) after he dies several decades later. Trapped in this parallel reality, Stott wasn’t even aware of the moon landings, saying: “We were of course living on a kind of satellite planet of our own. But, my grandmother said, they are good, honest people who do well in life, so we should respect their beliefs.So she often found herself in the long central corridor doing worksheets while seeing her brothers also in that corridor on their own. In the Fifties, The Exclusive Brethren were, if not easy-going, at least more relaxed than they soon became. However, how often it rains can be a better guide of 'how wet' a destination is than the amount of rain that actually falls.

When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth.I found this book to be very eye-opening and thought provoking, as well as very honestly portraying how cults, The Brethren in particular, operate. It’s beautifully written, a thoughtful, curious, compassionate and fascinating account of religious mania but also of her family history and her father’s character.

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