Mainstream Coming of Age Stories As Seen By Children from Cults
The soon to be released memoir "High School" is yet another coming of age story about the "universal" American experience; going to a big school with people from a wide range of backgrounds, belief systems, and with diverse personalities. It's about figuring out who you are and what you want from life.
The specific as universal in this story serves to remind people like me that we grew up in the margins. The one paragraph description of the book is more than enough to trigger those who lived in isolation with even their lifestyles and personalities dictated to them;
"High School, a memoir by Tegan and Sara, to be published Sept 24, 2019. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it tangles itself up in the parallel and discordant memories of two sisters growing up down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara."
As I'm sure most people do when seeing the phrase "first loves and first songs," we remember our experiences at that age. What first came to my mind were the restrictions on spending time with the opposite sex and our lack of exposure to secular music. A second later, the terms "walking out your year" and the uninspiring music we listened to came to mind.
People often ask what the benefits of life in the Move of God held for me. It's sad to say there were very few. On balance, the experience was characterized by suffering and loss. The loss of opportunities left a gaping hole in my childhood and teen years thanks to religious fanatics who just knew that Bob Dylan, Where the Wild Things Are, public school, The Brady Bunch, and pants threatened my salvation.
There are many things people can do to prevent friends and relatives from falling into the trap my mother did when she signed up to save the world from the anti-Christ. If someone close to you is involved with a high-demand group, do a bit of research into the gentle questions that have been proven to help them see that the demands they should be following are their own.
The Cover of the Memoir High School