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Daughter of Gloriavale

My Life in a Religious Cult


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Daughter of Gloriavale by Lilia Tarawa
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"An honest, balanced account"
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I was skeptical about reading this book, would it be an unbalanced account- But as I read about this life experienced in Gloriavale, I soon understood how mature, disciplined and talented the youth of Gloriavale are. I could see how this strictly controlled and structured existence may not be the lifestyle choice for some and how they would want to leave. The feelings around this heart-breaking decision are profound you can feel the family's struggle and fears. I really enjoyed this.

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Great read

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In this personal account, Lilia Tarawa exposes the shocking secrets of the cult, with its rigid rules and oppressive control of women. She describes her fear when her family questioned Gloriavale's beliefs and practices. When her parents fled with their children, Lilia was forced to make a desperate choice: to stay or to leave. No matter what she chose, she would lose people she loved. In the outside world, Lilia struggled. Would she be damned to hell for leaving? How would she learn to navigate this strange place called 'the world'? And would she ever find out the truth about the criminal convictions against her grandfather? 'A powerful and revealing book...' Kirsty Wynn, New Zealand Herald 'An affecting parable and testament, in the most commendably secular senses.' David Hill, New Zealand Listener

Author Biography

Lilia is a health and lifestyle business mentor who lives in Christchurch.
Release date NZ
August 23rd, 2017
Country of Publication
Allen & Unwin
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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