John’s Story

Hi, I’m John

Eleven meetings a week, five on a Sunday, not allowed mobile phones, tv’s, music, radio, movies, computers, semi-detached houses, moustaches, beards, dating, holidays, dogs or cats, restaurants, theatre, pubs, bars, going to school friend’s houses, and much more.

Here’s the full story revealing the lifestyle inside the controlling hard core religious cult that I was born into. I eventually escaped aged 22, losing my family who stayed behind. I wrote it to warn people about what goes on and give hope and encouragement to those trapped in cults today.


Cult Escape the book

Get It Here via Amazon in time for Christmas! 

10 questions that the book Cult Escape explores…
1. Why have I decided to tell my story now?
2. What do you do when your family is split by religious law?
3. How does it feel when you say goodbye to your parents for maybe the last time, because their religious law says you have to go?
4. What does every cult have in common, yet they all disagree upon?
5. Why do no religious group call themselves a cult?
6. Why would simply owning a mobile phone cause a family to leave the husband / father?
7. How do some cults have so much power over people?
8. How much religious control over your life is acceptable?
9. How can you escape and get healed from years of brainwashing?
10. What is the solution to controlling religion?
This book will show that no matter how trapped, how upset, or how damaged you may feel today, there is hope for you. The assault that cults inflict on the mind will not have the final word. Love will.

Cult Escape Book Reviews

 by Grant
A Courageous book

A book straight from the heart and soul of a cult survivor. Johns telling of his story to inspire others is such a courageous act of love. A must read for anyone interested in Cults or recovering from being in one.

 by Kellie Giunta (Therapeutic Counsellor)
I bought your book and I cant put it down!!

Amazing read and a brilliant insight into cult life. Thank you

 by Mrs. Kalam
Insightful and informative

Interesting reading.

 by Mrs. L. O'Shaughnessy
Brilliantly written

An informative and emotive account about one man's freedom from the chains of a cult, and about what he learned about himself, God and religion along the way. He explains why the 'right's way is always love, not religion or external conditions of worth.

 by Stephangus
Love triumphs over control and captivity

This book has it all - drama, pain, humour, joy, love, passion, honesty. The author has taken his agonising journey of enforced separation from his family and turned it into a love letter to those still in captivity in the Plymouth Brethren. Whether or not you are familiar with this cult, this book is an excellent read and it will touch your heart. Thank you, John, for sharing your heart.

 by Ruth
Very brave and thoughtful.

What a wonderful read. He is so brave to tell his story... he seems so caring nice thoughtful good all round human being... please read it. Its brilliant xx

 by Lauren Irvine
Excellent read for new leavers, those still trapped in a cult and for friends and counsellors. 

As I read this book, it made me laugh.... (remembering little things from my own childhood experiences), cringe.... (remembering how arrogant we were in our lack of understanding the real world) and shed a tear.... ( for all those I’ve loved and lost). Thank you for writing honestly about the pain and loss suffered by those who are raised to know no better. I recommend this as a good read for anyone struggling with a narrow belief system as it describes the journey to freedom and real life.

 by Amazon Customer Martha Burling
Unconditional Love

Thank you John Spinks for allowing me walking with you on your Life Journey, which is full of Sincerity and Unconditional Love. The book has opened my eyes, helping me working with clients on similar issues, with Empathetic Understanding as a Counsellor.
Martha Burling MBACP Reg Integrative Counsellor.
Imatter Counselling Therapy Networks.
Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

 by Al Hamilton
Freedom at Last!

This book is a compulsive and compelling read about how the author escaped from a debilitating and restrictive cult, the Plymouth Brethren. It is a true, factual account of his life story, endearingly and sensitively told through open and honest eyes. It is not aimed at being persuasive, yet is so, and reveals how a cult victim may escape from their present circumstances, often at high personal cost. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels trapped by a religious cult and to wider interested parties since its contents cannot be refuted. Congratulations on your brave, coherent account which deserves to be widely read.

 by Ian Denny
That touched me deeply. I feel for the millions still trapped

My sense is that the challenge with the message of this book is getting it into the hands of those trapped. And for them to be open-minded enough to start reading it. It is heart-breaking and beyond my comprehension how awful it must be to have to choose your freedom or family. I hope this experience and book can influence a change in legislation to dig deep into the brainwashing and indoctrination that quite obviously takes place. And to any cult leaders reading this review...if you instantly deny you are, pause. Do you really want to reach your death-bed knowing in your heart you are responsible for the misery of so many people? You can change.

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