Jul 7, 2021

Book Launch Zoom: Culted Child: The True Story of a Daughter Disciple

Join the online book launch on Zoom: Culted Child: The True Story of a Daughter Disciple.

Book Launch and Q & A, Maria D. Peregolise, with Special Guest Ron Burks, PhD, Hosted by Patrick Ryan of Cult Recovery 101.

Time: Jul 31, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3678063940
Meeting ID: 367 806 3940

Description - Book Launch Q & A: Culted Child: The True Story of a Daughter Disciple, Maria D. Peregolise. “Culted Child” and its website,  presents a true story & research on cults, spiritual abuse, narcissistic behavior, memory loss, etc. with links, books, & articles from qualified sources: Ph.D., LMFC, Psychology Today, F.B.I., ICSA, etc. To share new resources for consideration -- contact: cultedchild@gmail.com

Culted Child is a memoir from the daughter of a Spiritual Profit - a father who used the theology of The URANTIA Book as a framework for his secret conversations with her. These secrets shared his daily communications and miracles from God: being “Given to Know” when someone was going to die, attending death beds at God’s behest, visions of angels, channeling Michael of Nebadon (Jesus), confronting Satan as God’s Chosen Representative of Mankind, describing Spontaneous Combustion as the ultimate manner of death as one reaches perfection and Fuses with their Thought Adjuster, sharing documents from Celestial Beings, called The Unity Treatise - a severe warning to the three branches of The URANTIA Movement, and more.

Packed with research references and resources, Culted Child utilizes Peregolise’s turbulent childhood experience as an opportunity to communicate the signs and symptoms of being raised in a Cultic or Manipulative Environment. In recognition of the increasing number of second-generation adults currently leaving intensely personal small cults or one-on-one manipulative relationships, her story is pertinent to today’s new landscape of numerous small cults compared to the fewer, larger cults of forty years ago.

Interviews & Articles:


Ron Burks, PhD: “Culted Child brings the reader into a very toxic family, made more so by the subtlety by which The Father matter-of-factly abuses his children and spouse with what seems to be every word he says. It does indeed read like a novel, made all the more frightening by the fact that it is real. It really happened. No, not the stuff in The URANTIA Book, Maria’s life story. Sadly, it happens with almost pandemic like frequency all over this planet. (I am not as certain as The Father is about what happens on other planets.)”

- Ron Burks, PhD, holds an MDiv and an MA in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary and a PhD in Counselor Education from Ohio University. He worked for many years at Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Albany, Ohio, alongside founder Dr. Paul Martin. Wellspring serves as one of the few residential facilities in the nation that specifically treats victims of cults, domestic abuse, and other coercive situations. Ron is a former president of the Wellspring board and is a clinical advisor to both Wellspring and Meadowhaven, a similar treatment center near Boston.

Ron and his wife Vicki wrote Damaged Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement, published by Zondervan. His other publications include a chapter on a connection between cults and addiction in the medical reference, Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, published by Williams and Wilkins. He and his wife Vicki are licensed mental health counselors and currently operate an intensive outpatient substance abuse program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Daniel Shaw, LCSW: “Children brought up in cults often realize as adults that their parents, following the cult leader’s demands for ideological purity, prioritized idolization of and submission to the leader over the protection and safety of their own children. Feeling cruelly betrayed, these adult children struggle to reconcile what they thought was love with the recognition of how conditional this love actually was. In this insightful and poignant memoir, Maria Peregolise chronicles her life as a child in a cult led by her own father. This harrowing and tragic story speaks to the mind-shattering complexity a child faces in surviving loving and being loved by a malignant narcissist, one who believes themself to be Omnipotent. For the many, far more than we realize, who have grown up under the extraordinary control of a powerful, charismatic and deeply delusional parent, Peregolise’s story of survival and ultimate freedom is a revelatory and inspiring gift of hope. “

- Daniel Shaw, LCSW, is the author of Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, and Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear.

Joe Szimhart: “Growing up with a father indoctrinating you with his strong beliefs is hard enough. When those beliefs are rooted in the obscure Book of Urantia, you have little chance of relating your inner world with those outside your closed family system. Maria Peregolise has written a marvelous memoir of her heroic struggle to both emerge from her father’s cult and to reveal the story behind the formation of the Urantia book cult.”

- Joe Szimhart, Cult Information Specialist and author of Santa Fe, Bill Tate, and me: How an artist became a cult interventionist.

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