Accidental Jesus Freak: One Woman's Journey From Fundamentalism to Freedom

Amber Lea Starfire

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Kathy Pooler

11 months ago

Amber Lea Starfire takes the reader on a riveting and graphic trip into the heart of the Christian fundamentalist movement of the 70s. She follows a charismatic hippie musician into his music ministry, a world of rigid fundamental religious beliefs which leads to stifling poverty, instability and domination. She marries and bears two of his children, moving from commune to commune and bearing the responsibility for childrearing and household maintenance. The reader sees how she begins to lose her sense of identity and self-worth. The underlying conflict she reveals foreshadows her quest to find herself again.

The most intriguing part of this memoir for me was how the author wove in the complicated relationship with her mother and siblings. I understood how she fell prey to a controlling man and movement. In facing her past, she found the strength to fight for herself and extricate herself from the shackles of a lifestyle that did not serve her needs.

Her writing style is fluid and is filled with sensory details that pulled me in and helped me understand her conflict. Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.

This memoir’s powerful message of personal empowerment and finding the courage to take back one’s life by being true to oneself will resonate with many readers. I highly recommend this courageous memoir.

A riveting memoir of finding the courage to be true to oneself.