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Prophet's daughter : my life with Elizabeth Clare Prophet inside the Church Universal and Triumphant

by Prophet, Erin L.

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BP605.S73 P7634 2009
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  BP605.S73 P7634 2009
In early 1990, in response to apocalyptic prophecies given by her mother, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Erin Prophet entered a network of underground bunkers in Montana along with members of her mother's Church Universal and Triumphant, a controversial New Age sect. Emerging to find the world still intact, Erin was forced into a radical reassessment of her life and her beliefs. She had spent her adolescence watching her mother vilified as a dangerous cult leader even while attempting to meet her expectations by becoming a prophet herself. Prophet's Daughter describes Erin's search for her mother's origins and motivations. With the craft of a storyteller, she describes the combination of health crises and external pressure that drove her mother's ever- more dire prophecies. She reveals how the allure of infallibility led her mother to a conspicuous downfall, and how her mother's rapidly progressing Alzheimer's disease truncated any hope of resolution. A remarkable memoir with implications for the dialog about power, group behaviour and the future of religion.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Before diagnosis with Alzheimer's, a malady that eventually caused her consignment to full-time nursing care, Elizabeth Clare Prophet was founder (with second husband Mark Prophet), popularizer, and executive of the Church Universal and Triumphant, which promulgated a heady mixture of Christian Science, survivalism, UFOlogy, and syncretistic Christianity and is still active. Erin, Elizabeth Clare's daughter, provides a disillusioned insider's look at the church, which all four of Elizabeth Clare's children have left. It can't be easy being a mother with a supposedly direct line to the deity, but so it was in the Prophet household. Over time, Elizabeth Clare's prophecies became more extreme for instance, the one that spurred her to lead family and congregation literally underground in Montana in 1990, where they lived in a network of chambers to avoid the apocalypse. Emerging to find that the world had not ended, Erin began to reassess her mother's teaching and eventually write this book. Good stuff about a powerful religious entrepreneur and her flock.--Tribby, Mike Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this extraordinary memoir, Prophet pulls the curtain back on the highest levels of life inside a cult, documenting her life inside as the daughter of cult leader Elizabeth Clare Prophet, of the Church Universal and Triumphant, from her birth through 1990, when the Church's long-awaited apocalypse failed to materialize. Without judgment or reservation, but a remarkably clear-eyed view built on more than 10 years on the outside, Prophet's account reveals cult life through the complex relationship with her charismatic, manipulative mother--a figure of equal reverence and alarm. Prophet's straightforward voice makes the facts all the more disturbing and heartrending, but her empathy for her fellow sect-members is both touching and telling, drawing readers into the cult's midst almost against their instincts. Those expecting sordid tales and angry judgments will be surprised by the subtlety and seeming safety of the cult; at heart, Prophet's story is a classic coming-of-age tale, a young woman learning about the family business and facing the inevitable realization of her parent's fallibility, but on a truly awesome scale. Like her own experience, Prophet's intense tale is sure to stick with readers long after they make it through. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Prophet, Erin L.
Prophet, Elizabeth Clare.
Church Universal and Triumphant.
New Age movement -- United States -- Case studies.
Millennium (Eschatology)
Power (Social sciences) -- United States -- Case studies.
Mothers and daughters -- United States -- Case studies.
Religion and sociology -- United States -- Case studies.
Cults -- United States -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies.
Social psychology -- United States -- Case studies.
Publisher Guilford, Conn. :Lyons Press,2009
Language English
Description xvii, 286 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781599214252
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