Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge

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This book shows how being in the right place at the right time can still be so wrong. Centered on The Family (The Family Internation, Children of God, etc) this book follows from the creation of The Family up through and beyond the suicide/murder of their so-named prophet son. Not only did I get the sordid details of this cult, I also gained a better understanding of the 60's/70's turmoil that the flower children and hippies came from. It definitely made me look at the Haight/Ashbury neighborhood completely new. There is a fair amount of abuse and cursing, however, Don Lattin really sparked my curiousity. He also gave the websites so that I could go and read some of the stuff myself. Definitely recommended. --http://www.paperbackswap.com/Jesus-Freaks-True-Don-Lattin/review/0061118060/

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