Aug 17, 2021

Culted Child: The True Story of a Daughter Disciple


Author: Maria Peregolise 
ICSA Bio Culted Child Video
Author and Educator Maria Peregolise was born into and raised in The URANTIA Book cult, with her father as her leader. Her interest is in sharing research that identifies aspects of how a coercive environment may affect the growing number of those born into and raised in manipulative systems.
Maria shares her experiences on Rachel Berstein's IndoctriNATION Podcast, “Thought Adjusters w/ Maria Peregolise,”, or

She has been published in Art Ascent Magazine, winning the Gold Writer Award, with “God the Father: A Portrait of Divinity,”, and has a testimonial article on the Art Ascent website, Other articles are “Journal Entry at Age Thirteen,” Peregolise, M. (2020). ICSA Today, Vol. 11, No. 2. (2020 - PDF of Issue). Arts: Poetry - Maria Peregolise (24-25)., and iGotOut, “Just Trust Me...,”
She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Learning Disabilities, and has taught for more than 25 years. Married to her high-school sweetheart for 36 years, they have three grown children: a writer, a musician, and an artist.

Interviewer: Patrick Ryan

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND - Testimony from a 2nd Generation Adult, Born and Raised in, and Leaving a Cult Leader of The URANTIA Book.

Culted Child is a memoir by the daughter of a Spiritual Prophet - 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... 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.
“This harrowing and tragic story speaks to the mind-shattering complexity a child faces in surviving loving and being loved by a malignant narcissist . . . 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 -- Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, and Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear “Culted Child does indeed read like a novel, made all the more frightening by the fact that it is real. It really happened.” -- Ron Burks, PhD -- Damaged Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement
“Vivid episodes from childhood frame her memories with rational insights she discovered through her research in the cult recovery field. Culted Child shows Maria's strength of spirit, and will validate others who grew up in coercive families or groups.” -- Nori Muster -- Betrayal of the Spirit
“. . . discusses the signs and symptoms of being raised in a cult or narcissistic environment, as well as the fantastical and outlandish content of the controversial book and the effects it has on its followers.” -- Rachel Bernstein, LMFT -- IndoctriNATION Podcast
“. . . 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 -- Santa Fe, Bill Tate, and Me: How an Artist Became a Cult Interventionist

Rachel Berstein, IndoctriNATION: Thought Adjusters w/ Maria Peregolise, iGotOut, Art Ascent, Gold Writer Award, ICSA Today.

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