Anne-Britt Harsem approaches the free churches in Norway to uncover the neglect, manipulation, and conspiracy theories (brainwashing) which children and teenagers are exposed to.
This story is based on conversations with a woman who at a young age was pulled into the Pentecostal environment against her will by her own family. The day-to-day consisted of revival meetings, doomsday prophecies, physical punishments, speaking in tongues, spirit and demon exorcism to mention a few. A gifted child who spent all her energy on surviving.
This book uncovers what goes on behind the scenes in some of these closed congregations. Norwegian free churches have essentially been protected, despite several children being exposed to neglect in these environments. The story shows what kind of power the preachers have over the congregation, what kind of damage this can cause on a young mind, and how it can affect your life as an adult. The children risk developing post-traumatic stress disorder, which causes poorer quality of life and in the worst cases disabilities as an adult.
A quietly insisting and upsetting book about a person who spent all their power daring to live.
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