Book Review: The Followers | ConchoValleyHomepage.com
ENTERTAINMENT – Summer is in full swing but there is still time to add some books to your reading list.
After spending 25 years in a cult and escaping 12 years ago, Radhia Gleis immersed herself in the idea of ”group thinking”. Gleis was a member of the Buddhafield cult which was led by a man who had many nicknames: Michel, Andreas, The Teacher or Reyji.
A statement about the book reads: “What causes people to give up their will, their sense of right and wrong – to give up their moral compass and family ties for a person?” or an ideal? Gleis asks in his captivating new book, The Followers: “Holy Hell” and the Followers of Narcissistic Leaders: How My Years in Notorious Worship Parallel Today’s Cultural Mania, a nod to the cult documentary of Buddhafield 2016 Good heaven, in which it appears. Followers lays the groundwork by surveying Gleis’ education in Hollywood and retracing the stages of her adult life when, at the age of 30, she fell under the influence of the charismatic leader of Buddhafield. She draws striking parallels between her devotion to a cult leader – an authority – whose damaging behavior and influence she has deliberately ignored, and the followers of other authoritarian leaders, past and present.
Synopsis of Senora: This book is recommended for readers who enjoy psychology and politics. While giving us a glimpse behind the curtain of the cult of Buddhafield, Gleis clarifies that his book is not necessarily a memoir. Rather, she uses her experiences as a goal to study political and cultural climates.
About the Author: Author Radhia Gleis is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, CCN, MEd. biochemical analyst and educator for over 33 years. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including Fox News, Austin. she hosted The health revolution and Let’s stay healthy on Talk 1370 AM, KLBJ and The Wellness Connection podcast on Voice America. She has been the host and executive producer of three YouTube series: Awaken America; How the body works; and The Natural Way. She appeared in the internationally acclaimed film, Good heaven, which aired on CNN and was ranked among the Top 10 Documentaries at Sundance Film Festival and Netflix. It can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.
For more information, please visit www.radhiagleis.com, or follow the author on Twitter (@radhia_gleis).
- Publisher: Sage Card Publishing
- ISBN-10: 1737125803
- ISBN-13: 978-1737125808
- Available on Amazon.com, BN.com and Audible.com