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Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

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Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Size: 6x9

Pages: 384

Publication Date: 5 June 2015
LCCN 2010929877
 

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Author Bio:
Read first committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ in the fall of 1979, while she was in the United States Marine Corps. She was stationed in Hawaii, but while on a temporary assignment to Yuma, Arizona the Iranian students seized the American Embassy in Tehran, and had taken several American hostages. A special friend of hers was on a six-month deployment to Japan, and was placed on red alert. He was prepared to go to Iran at a moment's notice, and she felt so helpless to do anything about it. That was such an uncertain time in her life, and as unbelievable as it may sound, Read was actually thankful for the "Iranian Crisis," because it was that momentous event that caused her to see the great need for her Savior.

About that same time, a young Marine, whom she had never met, came up to her as she was leaving her barracks in Yuma and handed her a Bible and said, "Here, I think you need to read this." He just walked away, and Read never saw him again, but she will never forget him! That brief encounter was a major turning point in Read's life and she did take his advice. Read started reading and studying the Bible, but that was just the beginning of her walk with God...

 

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Fourth Annual Illumination Book Awards

2017 Illumination Medalists

EBOOK NON-FICTION BRONZE: Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony, by C. Read

12 January 2017

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“With the motto, ‘Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,’ the Illumination Book Awards are intended to honor the best books published during the past year with a Christian worldview. Books have always been powerful tools for helping us understand Scripture and to explore various aspects of faith in a complicated world How does one choose the "winners" from the huge array of new titles released each year? The Illumination Book Awards are designed to "shine a light" on the best of them.

 

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NON-FICTION /RELIGION /FAITH BRONZE: Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony, by C. Read

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Religion and Spirituality SILVERS: Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony, by C. Read

5 July 2016

 

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REVIEWS, CRITIQUES, AND COMMENTARIES

Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

by C. Read

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I am willing to hear the views of others, and I am sorry if some people may come away with a negative opinion of me and my book, “Walking With the Enemy.” I have come to realize that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and not everyone will value what I have written.

An IndieReader reviewer recently read my book and he only gave it two stars, but I actually loved his review. He took time to understand my perspective, and was extremely thoughtful in his “verdict” of my work. And even though he did not recommend "Walking With the Enemy," I am thankful that he was able to see “one or two bright spots.”

I would like to highlight one of his quotes: “And if, as Read attests, the devil is everywhere, and in all guises, especially those who brandish Bibles, then the only way out is to give oneself completely over to God, without reservations.” And that is the absolute truth! Whether he understood it or not, that is truly the crux of my message!

Only God can give us the ability to know who is true and who is false. Only God can give us the ability to know who is of God, and who is not. There are so many deceivers in this world, and they use—or should I say misuse—the name of Jesus Christ to attract followers. I fell victim to such people, but praise God, He showed me the Truth!

I thank God that He has allowed me to share my testimony with a lost and dying world that desperately needs the Lord, and I fully trust God for every aspect of this work. If I am to continue to just give my book away to whomsoever would like to read it, so be it!  Nonetheless, I am thankful for the privilege of serving God, and being involved in His work in this world! And may God receive all the glory for all that I do in His precious and holy name!

—C. Read

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“Designed to be an inspirational story for those seduced, at times literally, by a cult,
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY does have relevance for those wanting out. But Read’s relentless Manichaeism, and reduction of everything down to God vs. Satan, will repel readers of less fundamentalist persuasion…

If there is a phrase that runs throughout this sincere, but at the same time, somehow repellent memoir/spiritual journey book, then it would be ‘the Devil can quote scripture.’

…And if, as Read attests, the devil is everywhere, and in all guises, especially those who brandish Bibles, then the only way out is to give oneself completely over to God, without reservations.” —IndieReader Reviewer
 

"Walking with the Enemy is Read’s story of a three-year engagement with a religious cult and the miraculous event that gave her the courage to escape.

 

…important narrative for any Christian believer, and might be of particular interest to anyone who is a survivor of a religious cult." –Foreword Reviews

 

"Read offers her personal tale of religious awakening, including her experiences with people whom she says were falsely serving Jesus Christ....
 

Debut author Read’s story is clearly heartfelt... 
 

Readers will likely be convinced of the author’s devoutness early on, which she bolsters with many biblical references..." ─Kirkus Reviews

 

"An inherently fascinating, thoroughly absorbing, candidly personal story...  
 

Simply stated, "Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony" is very highly recommended for personal, church, community, and academic library collections." ─Midwest Book Reviews

 

These are excerpts of the judge's comments for "Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” by C. Read in the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Even though my book did NOT win an award in this year's contest, I appreciate the reviews I received.

~C. Read (11/30/2016)

 

"Walking with the Enemy by author C. Read is well written and well organized. Mrs. Read shares her story of spiritual awakening. She writes about her involvement with a Bible study group that turned out to be a cult remarkably similar to the incident at Waco, Texas, led by David Koresh. The best part of Walking with the Enemy is the research the author did on the Timeline Index and Holy Scripture Index at the end of the book..."  Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: Inspirational

"...This is a work of dedication by the author as she shares in great detail the efforts she made to explain her decisions regarding a Bible study group she belonged to for three years before exiting, seeing it as a cult not so very different from some of the major religious cults in recent years. The dialogue between characters is also mostly in letter form; along with quotes from the Bible and prayers, the narrative offers an intense back-and-forth between the author, her inner spirituality and her efforts to reach others with her message..." Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: Nonfiction

" 'Cults are on the rise and no one is exempt from their evil influences!' proclaims the front flap of WALKING WITH THE ENEMY. 'This is a war between God and the devil!' A proclamation that might intrigue some readers, especially those interested in religion.  Unfortunately however, while extremely knowledgeable about the Bible and Judeo-Christianity, author C. Read is too involved in excessively footnoting and including so many details (radio interview transcripts, letters) and Biblical quotations about her three-year experience with an unnamed Bible study group..." Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: Life Stories

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These are excerpts of the judge's comments for "Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” by C. Read in the 4th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published EBook Awards. Even though my book did NOT win an award in this year's contest, I appreciate the reviews I received.

~C. Read (25 January 2017)

 

“…you have a pretty intriguing mix of dialogue, narrative and scripture here.” Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards: Life Stories

“There is a wealth of material here; it is up to the author to form it into a logical and cohesive whole with a beginning, middle and end. The author needs to cull the most important points from the mass of information presented (letters, notes, relevant quotations, memories, transcripts) and shape it into a book that includes setting, dialogue, description and characterization, with a plot (or outline) that represents a consistent progression of events, leading up to a conclusion or climax….

Still this book has potential, as well as a potentially large audience. Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards: Nonfiction.

“A beautiful start with the ‘translation’ from darkness to God’s light creating a sense of expectation in the reader.

… great balance, with a maturity of writing that goes beyond ‘here is what I did’ to creating a touchstone for the reader to relate to.

Scripture is well-chosen and shared generously…

A moving tale, enjoyably read…” Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards: Inspirational

 

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WALKING WITH THE ENEMY: A TESTIMONY

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Review by IndieReader

(17 April 2017)

April 17, 2017/ Inspirational/Spiritual, Religion /by IR Staff

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“Designed to be an inspirational story for those seduced, at times literally, by a cult, WALKING WITH THE ENEMY does have relevance for those wanting out. But Read’s relentless Manichaeism, and reduction of everything down to God vs. Satan, will repel readers of less fundamentalist persuasion.

If there is a phrase that runs throughout this sincere, but at the same time, somehow repellent memoir/spiritual journey book, then it would be “the Devil can quote scripture.”  It is apparent that Read’s journey out of a cult that masqueraded as a Bible study group has value, and can be instructive in a “you can too” kind of way for those deceived by Bible-thumping libertines.  Such an escape has relevance in our own era of red-state fundamentalism, where religious leaders perform exorcisms and speak in “tongues,” and more often than not, young girls on the verge of puberty and teenage runaways fall under their sway.

And it must be said that Read, unlike other cult members, doesn’t go to the other extreme by chucking her Christianity overboard and bashing those who don’t with public expressions of atheism and paeans to the joys of hedonism. Read, a former Marine, doesn’t give up on her Christian fundamentalism.  But there is a difference between keeping one’s faith and retaining its Manichaeism.  Read is as uncompromising in her reduction of everything down to God vs. The Devil as she was when in the charismatic way of a David Koresh-style leader (the leader, unmasked, has Koresh’s sexual appetites with his “flock”).

As recounted in the book, God is repeatedly saving her from the Devil, and the Devil, and his earthly beings are everywhere, especially in the guise of those pretending to be Christians.  A woman who successfully “exorcises” Read’s daughter by speaking in many “tongues” turns out to be an acolyte of Satan.  Reading through this book I was reminded of the fundamentalist parents in Stephen King’s Carrie (1974), in which the father carried a gun in his lunchbox to work in case he ran into the “Anti-Christ.”

Read is not as lethal-minded, and to her credit, she does pray for those in the sway of “Satan.”  But if her “ravenous wolves,” “false prophets,” and other undercover followers of Satan are truly so embedded in our society, then it is hard to see where prayer will be enough; and violence will begin to look more attractive.  Read does not subscribe to such actions—she states she continues to pray for the cult leader—but ultimately, that is where the book leads, especially if her cult leader truly is like David Koresh, who armed himself and his followers against the “unbelievers” in the  government.

Meant to be an inspirational story, and at times it is that (Read literally ran out of the cult, and had, for a time, to use evasive tactics), what WALKING WITH THE ENEMY ultimately leaves even fundamentalist readers with is depression.  For if everything is reduced down to God vs. Satan, then that leaves the humans in between as nothing more than puppets a la Job (and we know what he went through).  And if, as Read attests, the devil is everywhere, and in all guises, especially those who brandish Bibles, then the only way out is to give oneself completely over to God, without reservations.  Those who seek to bring free will and rationality into the mix are only fooling themselves and inviting the Koreshes in.”

~Ron Capshaw for IndieReader

(http://indiereader.com/2017/04/walking-with-the-enemy/)

 

Included here are commentaries by the judges for my entry of “Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” by C. Read, in the 4th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. My book did not win an award in this year's very competitive contest, but I do appreciate the commentaries and the reviews I have received. I realize that not all people will value my "life story," and that's okay. I am thankful for those who are blessed by my testimony, and it is just as my motto states: “May the LORD God Almighty be beloved in the eyes of others because of our Publications.” (1/25/2017) –C. Read

Books are evaluated on a sliding scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking. Our scale system only recognizes numerals; a “0” is used in place of “n/a” and is used to acknowledge that the topic does not pertain to the specific entry category. A book of poetry for example, may not necessarily have a plot or characters, so a “0” (“n/a”) may be noted instead in order to show that it was not overlooked. This does not reflect as a portion of the scale.

 Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards.”

 Entry Title: Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Pen Name (if provided):

Entry Category: Life Stories

 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 3

Character Appeal and Development: 3

Voice and Writing Style: 4

Judge’s Commentary: Very striking cover image. Really well-done. Your language is clear and well-crafted. I like the way the story develops from the back forward. It gets the reader's curiosity going, thinking, "Wow! What caused this person to have such a bad experience with this group?" Good job. It's wise of you to acknowledge the sarcasm at the end of the letter (we have certainly all said things like that in the heat of emotions).

I'm having a hard time locating the actual actions that caused you to decide the group was evil. There's so much scriptural litigation in the ensuing chapters, but I can't decipher what the actual accusations are. I do, however, get a strong sense of the emotional travails you were undergoing through this process. 29%. "being pulled in many directions at this point in my walk with the enemy." In general, speaking as the reader, it's these moments of personal feeling that really touch me.

The court date certainly makes things intriguing, 42%. And I have begun to understand your point of view more clearly once you begin to address the teachings of the group. 58%. These passages at 69% are very compelling. So sad that people would use religious means for sexual purposes. I understand that the book is intended as a way to deliver The Word, and how it applies to real life, but I wish it more intensely and specifically addressed the human foibles of the people in the story. That said, you have a pretty intriguing mix of dialogue, narrative and scripture here.

Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards.”

 Entry Title: Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Pen Name (if provided):

Entry Category: Nonfiction

 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 2

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3

Production Quality and Cover Design: 3

Plot and Story Appeal: 2

Character Appeal and Development: 3

Voice and Writing Style: 2

 Judge’s Commentary: WALKING WITH THE ENEMY: A TESTIMONY seems to go in several directions.  Author C. Read’s traumatic personal experiences with a mysterious cult; dozens of Biblical quotes and citations; and the author’s various ruminations on certain religious developments  -- such as the decision of the Girls Scouts of the USA to allow flexibility in the term of the use of “God” in their pledge – can unravel the story entirely and confuse readers.  There is a wealth of material here; it is up to the author to form it into a logical and cohesive whole with a beginning, middle and end. The author needs to cull the most important points from the mass of information presented (letters, notes, relevant quotations, memories, transcripts) and shape it into a book that includes setting, dialogue, description and characterization, with a plot (or outline) that represents a consistent progression of events, leading up to a conclusion or climax.

According to the preface, the author has spent over 20 years on this book, first publishing it in 1995, them revising it to “a much sharper and more concise version of my testimony.” While it’s obvious so much hard work has gone into this effort, working on a shorter (perhaps unrelated) piece with an eye to further honing writing skills might help with further revisions. Writing classes and workshops can provide much needed insight and inspiration. While writing is a solitary activity, the input of others can be essential in guiding the development of a manuscript, making sure it remains on track. And it’s often easier to learn when working on something with less emotional investment to provide much-needed objectivity. Still this book has potential, as well as a potentially large audience.

Judge, 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards.”

Entry Title: Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Pen Name (if provided):

Entry Category: Inspirational

 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary: A beautiful start with the ‘translation’ from darkness to God’s light creating a sense of expectation in the reader. Well done. Very visual and experiential. The author removes many of the assumptions we may have about what it takes to move into the light. We feel, via the author’s relatable and authentic writing voice, trepidation about peeling back the layers of religious groups who may influence us or our loved ones.

Author smartly weaves her own experiences into the book in a great balance, with a maturity of writing that goes beyond ‘here is what I did’ to creating a touchstone for the reader to relate to. Well done. Author shows great spiritual growth in the message of expressing kindness to those who have hurt us, and we get a clear and resonant message that some people cannot be guided. The author shows great dedication to trying to be of help, and our reading experience brings with it that sense of service.

The transcripts with Kim are difficult to read emotionally. There is a palpable sense of pain and fear of loss there. Well done. Author does a great job of differentiating characters and capturing voices, creating fully-rounded personas for each. Impressive. Scripture is well-chosen and shared generously, adding a depth of inspiration to the book and adding to our own faith journeys. We feel a power of conviction in the author’s efforts to try to expose Bill’s cult, at times creating a sense of fear in us, followed swiftly by a feeling of admiration for the author. A moving tale, enjoyably read thanks to the author’s brave and authentic writing voice.

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Below are the judge's commentaries for my entry "Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” by C. Read in the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Even though my book did NOT win an award in this year's contest, I appreciate the reviews I received. I have posted them here, even the unfavorable one. I realize that not all people will value my "life story," and that's okay; but I am thankful for those who are blessed by my testimony.

~C. Read (11/30/2016)

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking. Our system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations. As a result, a “0” is used in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry or a how to manual, would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal and may therefore receive a “0”.

 “Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.”

Entry Title Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Judge Number: 42

Entry Category: Inspirational

 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

Plot and Story Appeal: 3

Character Appeal and Development: 0

Voice and Writing Style: 4

 Judge’s Commentary: 

Walking with the Enemy by author C. Read is well written and well organized. Mrs. Read shares her story of spiritual awakening. She writes about her involvement with a Bible study group that turned out to be a cult remarkably similar to the incident at Waco, Texas, led by David Koresh. The best part of Walking with the Enemy is the research the author did on the Timeline Index and Holy Scripture Index at the end of the book. Mrs. Read can improve her book with a larger font as some of the print is difficult to read especially the end notes. Mrs. Read rounded up a generous collection of anecdotes, illustrations, descriptions, dialogue, and quotes. The author mentions how her life changed after receiving Christ as Lord and states: “Regardless of your individual circumstances, if you have never experienced the amazing grace of God, and incredible forgiveness of the Lord, either way, the end result is the same: You need the Lord God Almighty in your life! And I pray that you have come to that same conclusion.” Sharing her personal experience through the Bible, she explains how our own choices and actions will dictate our own fate.

Entry Title Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Judge Number: 91

Entry Category: Nonfiction

 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 2

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

Plot and Story Appeal: 3

Character Appeal and Development: 3

Voice and Writing Style: 3

Judge’s Commentary: 

At first, the very stylish cover image – a fountain pen tip writing on a surface – seems more apt for a different title, but once the reader discovers the extensive correspondence shared inside – tens of thousands of written words excerpted from letters, radio transcripts and depositions – the image makes perfect sense. This is a work of dedication by the author as she shares in great detail the efforts she made to explain her decisions regarding a Bible study group she belonged to for three years before exiting, seeing it as a cult not so very different from some of the major religious cults in recent years. The dialogue between characters is also mostly in letter form; along with quotes from the Bible and prayers, the narrative offers an intense back-and-forth between the author, her inner spirituality and her efforts to reach others with her message. In addition to putting great effort to transcribe the correspondence, there are end notes in support. At the back of the book, there is a very helpful timeline index and a scripture index. For a reader who wants to follow the author’s journey in minute detail, all of these are great to have. There are some punctuation errors, however, involving sentence structure that get in the way of clear communication. Another proofreading by someone with fundamental punctuation skills would be a blessing.


Entry Title Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony

Author: C. Read

Judge Number: 56

Entry Category: Life Stories

 

 Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 1

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3

Production Quality and Cover Design: 3

Plot and Story Appeal: 0

Character Appeal and Development: 2

Voice and Writing Style:

 

Judge’s Commentary: 

“Cults are on the rise and no one is exempt from their evil influences!” proclaims the front flap of WALKING WITH THE ENEMY. “This is a war between God and the devil!” A proclamation that might intrigue some readers, especially those interested in religion.  Unfortunately however, while extremely knowledgeable about the Bible and Judeo-Christianity, author C. Read is too involved in excessively footnoting and including so many details (radio interview transcripts, letters) and Biblical quotations about her three-year experience with an unnamed Bible study group that any semblance of a cohesive plot is lost in a morass of words.  While the book is solidly produced – a well-designed hardback with an appropriate, attractive cover -- the contents are confusing. For example, Chapter One, “Churches” consists of several of the aforementioned apparently unedited letters and Biblical phrases interspersed with page after page of justification of her feelings.  In order to construct a story, one needs dialogue, description and characterization as well as a plot line that starts the action of moving a character from Point A to Point B, setting events into motion and hopefully engaging the reader.

Taking a step back and trying to view the situation from the perspective of a reader who knows nothing about it might help provide clarity.  Specific scenes and anecdotes about what the author’s life was like before she joined the prayer group and what drove her to it might help.  Outlining where the book intends to end up may provide focus to a story line with less "telling" and more "showing."

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Review by Midwest Book Review

(January 2016)

Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony
C. Read
True Light Publications
P. O. Box 98144, Jackson, MS 39298-8144
www.truelightpublications.com

9780967282596, $16.95, 384pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: "Walking With the Enemy" by C. Read is about the author's involvement with a Bible study group that turned out to be a cult. As of 28 February 1993, Read had been with this group for some three years, and had grown to love and trust the leaders completely; but after she found out the truth about them she could no longer remain. That did not stop them from wanting her back under their control and influence; and her testimony will show how they tried so hard to convince her that they were right, and she was wrong. This is a war between God and the devil! And innocent, unsuspecting souls continue to be taken in by false teachers and deceitful men. The target of such groups are men, women, and children; especially those searching for love, acceptance, and a deeper meaning to this life. Cults are on the rise, and no one is exempt from their evil influences!

Critique: An inherently fascinating, thoroughly absorbing, candidly personal story that should be considered urgent reading for anyone having to deal with a loved one tempted to join a cult or already part of one. Simply stated, "Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony" is very highly recommended for personal, church, community, and academic library collections. Indeed, "Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony" is critically important reading for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation!

 

Here's the link to the Midwest Book Review/Small Press Book Watch

at The Christian Studies Shelf

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/jan_16.htm

Review by Foreword Reviews

(27 August 2015)

Walking With the Enemy

Reviewed by Gabrie'l Atchison

27 August 2015

Clarion Rating

"Walking with the Enemy is Read’s story of a three-year engagement with a religious cult and the miraculous event that gave her the courage to escape.

Shortly after the 1993 standoff between law enforcement and David Koresh in Waco, Texas, C. Read went on local radio to break her silence about her own escape from a cult that was quite similar to Koresh’s group. In Walking with the Enemy, Read provides her testimony about her involvement with a religious group that was marketed as a Bible study group, but was more nefarious in its mission. Read’s use of an epistolary form to tell her story is creative and unique.

For three years, Read, who defines herself as a “naïve and unsuspecting, non-conformist woman,” found herself involved with a cult led by a charismatic duo named Bill and Ira. The group was listed in a local newspaper as a church and met several times a week in members’ homes, offering music and a youth ministry. For two years, the group met in Read’s home and she grew to love the different members.

However Bill misused his power, seducing Read into a sexual relationship—calling himself her “spiritual husband”—and having sex with one of the other women in front of her following a Bible study meeting. She also learned that he had convinced the young daughter of one of the members that he should also take her as a spiritual wife. Read explains that during a Bible study gathering, she received the Holy Spirit in her body and began to prophesy about the evil intention of the group and its eventual demise. For Read, the experience of the Holy Spirit embodied delivered her from the hold Bill and Ira had on her. Her experience taught her to trust God rather than herself or other people.

In Walking with the Enemy, Read provides information about her life in the cult and her efforts to process all that happened after she left. Each chapter includes letters Read sent to Bill, her husband, and others. Transcripts of phone conversations and journal entries are also used to provide insight and additional information. Bible verses are used to support her views.

Read’s purpose for the book was to use evidence to support her assertion that the group was being led by the spirit of the Antichrist. Unfortunately the book falls short of this goal due to a lack of organization. A variety of letters and scripture quotations are disjointedly compiled, which makes it difficult to follow the flow of the narrative. Additionally, the text that introduces and concludes these documents does little in terms of moving the story along or keeping the information organized.

Despite its organizational flaws, this book is an important narrative for any Christian believer, and might be of particular interest to anyone who is a survivor of a religious cult."

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Book Information
Author: C. Read 
Publisher: True Light Publications
Genres: Religion and Christian
ISBN-13 978-0-9672825-9-6
Publication Date: June 5, 2015
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 384
Price: $16.95
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Foreword Reviews posted their review on 27 August 2015, which was the 23rd anniversary of a very important date for me, and for those who have read my book they will understand. And my greatest hope in sharing my testimony is so that others may learn from my experience and not have to carry the scars that I do… C. Read

Full review at  Foreword Reviews website:

https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/walking-with-the-enemy/

Review by Kirkus Reviews

(23 April 2015)

Pub Date: June 5th, 2015

Publisher: True Light Publications

Program: Kirkus Indie

Review Posted Online: April 23rd, 2015

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/c-read/walking-with-the-enemy/

"Read offers her personal tale of religious awakening, including her experiences with people whom she says were falsely serving Jesus Christ.

The author tells of how she joined a small Bible study and prayer group led by a man named Bill, and goes on to explain the ways in which her relationship with the group soured before she finally left in the 1990s. She states at the outset that she “was able to be deceived into thinking that I was walking with followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, when in truth, I was walking with the enemy.” She relates her journey of discovery in this memoir, in which she makes allegations regarding the group’s leader; for example, in a 1993 statement, she said, “He pursued the ladies in the group in a sexual way if they would have it.” Her account makes frequent use of such primary sources, including letters, diary entries, and transcriptions of tape-recorded conversations. She compares her own struggle with that of the infamous Branch Davidians, led by the charismatic David Koresh, and she makes clear that Koresh was “of the same ‘antichrist spirit’ as the man sent to try to destroy me and my family!” Although Read’s account doesn’t end in fiery government intervention, it does contain stories of demonic attacks, the author’s ruminations on the nature of evil, and the recurring question of whom one can trust when committing to follow Jesus Christ. Debut author Read’s story is clearly heartfelt. However, it’s somewhat repetitive, with frequent declarations on such subjects as the power of God (“God is all-powerful! God is in control! And it doesn’t matter whether men believe it or not”), which don’t make for the most engaging prose. Readers will likely be convinced of the author’s devoutness early on, which she bolsters with many biblical references, so subsequent mentions of her devotion often seem extraneous. Nevertheless, her memoir delivers a quick, highly personalized account of her life’s journey.

An earnest, if occasionally redundant, description of one woman’s rocky spiritual path."

─Kirkus Reviews

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