Girl at the End of the World is the memoir of popular blogger, Elizabeth Esther, in which she shares the story of her life in a fundamentalist cult her grandfather started in the 1970s. Raw, yet redemptive, Girl at the End of the World is a powerful testimony to the dangers of fundamentalism and the beauty of God’s Grace.
Written as a thematic memoir, Girl at the End of the World does not progress chronologically, but rather links together stories from Elizabeth Esther’s past in a way that allows the reader to understand more fully her story.
In Girl at the End of the World, we are given an inside view of a homegrown cult in which abuse was covered, privacy was unknown, legalism ran rampant, women were belittled, and your destiny was decided for you. But it also tells the story of one girl who was brave enough to question the rules, stand up to oppressive authority, and escape to a life of freedom and true faith.
Girl at the End of the World is a sobering account that will make you laugh and cry. Painfully honest, it is raw and tender, questioning yet reverent. An easy read, Girl at the End of the World is a beautiful and poignant memoir, much in the vein of Adie Zierman’s When We Were On Fire.
As Elizabeth Esther describes her slow and painful journey towards renewed faith, she shares that she is sick of Scripture interpretation and the battling voices in her head. While this is understandable considering her background of twisted perspectives, we must be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. While not inspired or infallible, George Whitefield, Samuel Rutherford, James Strong, and Jonathan Edwards are more than exhausting “freak-outs”, and we as Christians owe much to their writings, along with the works of other great men and women of the faith.
Readers should be aware that Girl at the End of the World is intended for mature readers, as abuse is discussed multiple times, and there is a light sprinkling of foul language, including an “f-bomb”.
Overall, I found Girl at the End of the World to be a beautiful and powerful story of one woman’s journey to faith and grace. I would give it a “B-“.
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