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Zealot: A book about cults | Jo Thornely
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'a smart, daring and refreshing book.' - Weekend Australian Why would anyone join a cult? Maybe they're unhappy with their current religion, or they want to change the world, or they're disappointed with their lives and want to find something bigger or holier that makes sense of this confusing, chaotic and dangerous world. Or maybe they just want to give themselves the best possible chance of having sex with aliens. Whatever the reason, once people are in, it's usually very difficult for them to leave. Cults have ways of making their followers do loopy, dangerous stuff to prove their loyalty, and in return they get a chance to feel secure within the cult's embrace, with an added bonus of being utterly terrified of the outside world. From the tragic JONESTOWN Kool-Aid drinkers to the Australian cult THE FAMILY to the fiery Waco climax of THE BRANCH DAVIDIANS, this book is a wide-sweeping look at cults around the world, from the host of the popular podcast ZEALOT. 'a piss-taker of rare boldness.' - Weekend Australian
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DAY 1: #Cherish | Cult leaders prey on people who exhibit certain vulnerabilities; those they can easily convince will be cherished if they “follow” their teachings.


Cinfhen Ohhhh!! I know how much you love cult stories / this one looks good! 3w
Cinfhen Fantastic graphics ❤️👍🏽 3w
Megabooks Fascinating!! 3w
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen I loved this book! It‘s oddly funny. The author is very sarcastic. She also has a podcast of the same name, but I read the book before I knew that. This is excellent on audio. 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks I think you‘d like this one. It‘s fantastic on audio! The author is very darkly humorous. 3w
Cinfhen Stacked!!!! 3w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cults and dark humor? Um, yes, please. 👏🏻 Jo Thornely is a delight! She provides a glimpse into several of the world‘s most infamous cults - something I‘m mildly obsessed with. This book will either satisfy your curiosity, or pique it further, leaving you craving more in-depth books on each disturbing group. Thornely is a great story teller and a gallows humor master. I wish it had been longer. Loved the audio!

i-am-papercrane Is this by the same woman who runs the zealot podcast? 2mo
CocoReads I‘m obsessed with cults too! Stacked 2mo
britt_brooke @i-am-papercrane Yes! I haven‘t listened yet, but I just subscribed. 2mo
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britt_brooke @CocoReads Hope you enjoy! 2mo
i-am-papercrane Oh boy! Well, one more on my tbr i guess haha 2mo
britt_brooke @i-am-papercrane 😆👏🏻 I loved it! 2mo
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I‘ve been painting the (previously tan) trim in my 7 year old‘s room the last couple of days. 😩 It‘s made bearable by this FABULOUS audiobook I nabbed during the current Audible sale.

PS. The closet with the ladder is a reading loft my dad built. Both of my boys have 2 closets, so both get lofts. I‘ll post “before and after” photos once they are completely finished. New carpet is coming soon, too.

wanderinglynn I love the reading lofts! How cool! 👍🏻 2mo
britt_brooke @wanderinglynn Thanks! I‘m so anxious to finish them! There will be a cushion and pillows, and storage above and below. 2mo
LeahBergen What a gorgeous room! ❤️ 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly Um, do you have a spare bedroom I could rent for “me time”???? 2mo
Verity That sounds really good. I wonder if it‘s on UK audible... 2mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Thanks! Wish I had before pics of the walls. Horrible 90s wallpaper. 🙈 2mo
britt_brooke @Verity I just finished it. So good! The author is quite funny which was a nice surprise. Hope you can find it! 2mo
Verity @britt_brooke i found it! I just need to get to an actual computer because UK audible won‘t let you buy in app... 2mo
britt_brooke @Verity Hope you enjoy! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I 😍 the wall color! And the loft! Can I be your kid? 😆 2mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books 😆 Thank you! 💚 2mo
Reviewsbylola Looks awesome! Audiobooks are the only reason stuff like this is bearable. 2mo
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