Oct 2, 2015

Man writes book about WOFF experience

Austin Bailey
The Daily Courier
October 1, 2015


John Huddle
John Huddle
FOREST CITY—John Huddle is sharing his story of his experiences with the Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) church in a book entitled "Locked In: My Imprisoned Years in a Destructive Cult."

Huddle moved from Greenville, South Carolina to Spindale in Oct. 2002 with his family and began attending the WOFF church.

"The church in Greenville was closing its doors so we moved to Spindale as did most people," said Huddle.

Huddle, who resides in McDowell County claims the church is a cult, which he escaped from on July 10, 2008.

In his book Huddle gives his reasons for leaving the church including the growing mistrust of leadership on several issues.

He began writing a blog in January 2010 about his time and his thoughts on the church.

Huddle credits his mother for the motivation behind writing the book.

"My mother has written several books and her persistent promptings helped me to realize that a book is a good step," said Huddle.

Huddle also started attending writing events that helped him advance his ideas on to paper.

"In February 2014, I started going to writers conferences and realized it was possible and it was a good thing to do," said Huddle.

Huddle's book was published on Sept. 15.

In an interview with WLOS, Huddle stated that when you are inside the group, you don't concentrate on what you're giving up, you concentrate on what you think you're gaining, which is a relationship with God, God's people and salvation. A lot of the restraints are out of fear, fear that you will lose your family, fear that you will lose your job or fear that you will lose your house.

"I have been pleased and overwhelmed with the response of the book and I'm excited at its potential and its possibility of where it could go from here," said Huddle.

"Locked In: My Imprisoned Years in a Destructive Cult" is available for purchase on Amazon.com for $11.66.

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