In 1993, feeling full of anxiety and trepidation, I wandered into a memoir writing class at Rollins College taught by Lezlie Laws. I had not written in more than fifteen years and had lost all confidence in my ability to string words together in an interesting way. Insecure, I scanned the room and knew the faces who looked back at me were much better writers than I could ever hope to be.
Two beautiful faces smiled back at me; one of them belonged to Charlene Lamy Edge, and she remains a friend to this day. The other face belonged to a woman named Sue O’Reilly. Charlene, Sue, and I took more classes together, shared our work with each other, went to writing conferences as a trio, attended critique sessions, and provided each other with the support and encouragement needed to write. Unfortunately, Sue’s life was cut short when she died from complications following surgery. We grieved her early death for she had many more stories left to write.
Charlene’s writing project centered on her experience in The Way International, a religious cult of which she was a member for seventeen years. Today, I’m so excited to feature Charlene’s book titled Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International™ in my newsletter.
I’m so proud of you, Charlene, for your great accomplishment in writing this book that helps expose cults from the inside out and gives readers a sense of how intelligent victims fall prey to such organizations.
I just ordered my copy, and I encourage you to do the same. Charlene is a brilliant writer and has an amazing story to tell. Click on this link to purchase your copy of Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International™, and keep an eye out because the author will be giving readings and speaking at various locations around Orlando soon.
Well done, my friend.