Alexandra Amor belonged to a quasi-Eastern New Age cult in Vancouver, Canada from 1989 to 2000. The road of recovery from cult mind control is a long and arduous one and a discovery she made early on was that it is often a very lonely journey. For that reason Amor wrote this book to say to other cult survivors, “You are not alone. There are others who understand how you feel.”
This powerful, award-winning memoir is also aimed at the families and friends of all those who are involved in a cult. It is so difficult to imagine why anyone would put themselves in a situation as abusive and soul destroying as a cult. If you have a loved one who is involved with a cult, you’ve probably asked yourself a thousand times how it is possible that the intelligent, sensible person you know cannot see that they are being manipulated. In Cult, A Love Story the author chronicles her personal descent as a model of how one gradually becomes coerced into believing that a guru is telling the truth, even when it causes personal pain and loss and the erosion of one’s spirit.
The title of the book was chosen very deliberately to highlight the tragic, abominable paradox of cults: it is often love that is the lever that gurus use to seduce their victims and then to keep them in line and in their sway.