In the Days of Rain

In the Days of Rain

A Daughter, A Father, A Cult

Book - 2017 | First Edition.
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"Rebecca Stott both adored and feared her father, Roger Stott, a high-ranking minister in the Brighton, England, branch of the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist fundamentalist Christian sect. A man of contradictions, he preached that the Brethren should shun the outside world, which was ruled by Satan, yet he kept a radio in the trunk of his car and read Shakespeare and Yeats. Years later, when the Stotts broke with the Brethren after a scandal involving the cult's leader, Roger became an actor and compulsive gambler who left the family penniless and ended up in jail....In the Days of Rain is Rebecca Stott's attempt to make sense of her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, to understand her father's role in the cult and in the breaking apart of her family, and to come to be at peace with her relationship with a larger-than-life figure whose faults were matched by a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature and beauty. A father-daughter story as well as a memoir of growing up in a closed-off community and then finding a way out of it, this is an inspiring and beautiful account of the bonds of family and the power of self-invention."--Jacket .
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812989083
Branch Call Number: 289.9 STOTT
Characteristics: 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Based on an unfinished memoir left by her father, Stott tells the story of her family’s involvement in a patriarchal, fundamentalist Christian sect over several generations.

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Mar 31, 2019

Few things disgust me more than the toxic use of religion to control people. This book was full of situations and stories that demonstrated this, all based around the Exclusive Brethren religious cult. It was interesting and very informative but also had a few dry spots that I needed to push through.

Jan 15, 2018

2017 Costa Prize for Biography. Stott came from a family which, for several generations, had been members of the Exclusive Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian organization and to which she belonged until age eight. In this biography of her father, Stott describes this closed community and the aftermath of her family leaving the cult. What is striking is how similar this organization is to any fundamentalist religion in terms of its isolation, paranoia, patriarchy and unquestioning obedience.

Sep 26, 2017

With the urgency of one facing imminent death, Rebecca 's father summons her to his bedside to document his strange and unique story; some parts still so upsetting that he can't bear to repeat them and she must look for answers after his death. Raised in a deeply conservative religious sect that separated themselves from "unclean" unbelievers, raising his family under the strict restrictions of that faith, he finally renounced it all when church elders showed themselves to be all too disturbingly human. Young Rebecca never could quite understand what the confusing Bible verses were supposed to be saying, but learned early on that being "just a girl" meant expected obedient silence: questions were not to be asked. A fascinating family story of discovering how her parents came to be the people they were, the disturbing truths about the insular world they came from, and how events from long ago impacted them in permanent ways.

athompson10 Jul 22, 2017

The author's story of growing up in a separatist Christian fundamentalist cult and the havoc wreaked, during both the time in the sect and after her family left. Scary, thoughtful and beautifully written.

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