The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

13 | Growing Up In A Cult and Finding Healing & Recovery in Adulthood - with Flor Edwards

Episode Summary

Flor Edwards is an author and lives in Los Angeles, California. By age twelve, Flor had lived in 24 different locations across three continents. Always on the move to escape the Antichrist and in preparation for the Apocalypse in 1993, her nomadic childhood prompted her to pen her memoir Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times. In her debut memoir, Flor movingly describes her early life growing up with her family and 11 siblings as a member of The Children of God, a controversial religious movement that many describe as an apocalyptic cult. Join Ashley and Flor as they sit down to discuss her childhood, and most importantly, her recovery!

Episode Notes

Flor Edwards is an author and lives in Los Angeles, California. By age twelve, Flor had lived in 24 different locations across three continents. Always on the move to escape the Antichrist and in preparation for the Apocalypse in 1993, her nomadic childhood prompted her to pen her memoir Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times. In her debut memoir, Flor movingly describes her early life growing up with her family and 11 siblings as a member of The Children of God, a controversial religious movement that many describe as an apocalyptic cult. Join Ashley and Flor as they sit down to discuss her childhood, and most importantly, her recovery!

Connect with Flor:
Website: https://floredwards.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/floredwardsauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/florcedwards
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/floredwardsauthor/

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Show Notes:

3:13 - Flor’s childhood and describing life inside the cult and some of the beliefs

6:27 - The cult’s founder, Father David

7:44 - Discussing some of the aftermath from the cult lifestyle

14:25 - Re-integrating back into society

21:13 - Talking about the Apocalypse that never happened while living in the cult

24:30 - Talking about her education

25:52 - Substance abuse, the desire to "numb out” and her suicide attempt

29:15 - The power of recognizing potential, and speaking about writing

36:13 - Working her recovery, and writing about her suicide attempt

41:14 - Noticing the differences between the worlds they grew up in and the world now

49:12 - The fascination with the mind in correlation with growing up in a world where she was taught what to think and feel

53:32 - Speaking about her experience being her identity

1:00:00 - The power of “agency” (to be your own person)

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