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Brenda Lee appeared on a nationally televised documentary on WEtv, "The Secret Lives of Women",
in September 2009.

My name is Mani García. On May 28th 1973 my first life began. It ended abruptly on August 1st 2002, when I decided to leave the only life I had ever known – my life as a Jehovah’s Witness. In 2006 I began a research film project originally entitled “Persuasion.” Over the past four years this project has taken me on an incredible journey, led me to some amazing people, and transformed me in ways I could never have imagined. As a result the project also evolved into a documentary miniseries entitled “Belief.”
On April 14th, 2010 at 4:30 PM, “Belief” will premier, and I invite you to share in this journey with me. Episode 1, entitled “sacred ground,” will be shown at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. I had the pleasure of interviewing Brenda Lee for this documentary. You will see a side of her you’ve never seen before (click here to see poster).

Belief: Episode 1 "Sacred Ground" (FULL EPISODE) from Mani García on Vimeo.

Out of the Cocoon:  A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult
is a heart-wrenching yet inspirational tale about a pre-teen’s battle to free herself from dysfunction.  Take the journey with her as she survives stifling oppression, physical and emotional abuse and the ultimate—shunning by her family. See how, like a butterfly, she changes the world within her as her external world becomes increasingly unyielding.  Discover more about your own past through her introspective, yet frequently humorous flight from insanity.  This book is a “must read” for anyone who has experienced abuse, alcoholism, single parenthood, serious depression, or a parent’s rejection.  Learn how you too can emerge Out of the Cocoon to create a future brimming with unconditional love and lasting happiness!


OUT OF THE COCOON: A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult

At this very moment, there are millions of cult members worldwide. Do you think you could never become one of them? Think again.

Brenda Lee’s memoir, Out of the Cocoon, is a remarkable story about how a single visit from two seemingly “nice” strangers nearly cost her everything, including her life.

This story begins at the pinnacle of the author’s desperation, by relaying a chilling fantasy she created when she was twelve years old. After accomplishing her grisly, murderous task within the security of a dream, she poses a disturbing question that sets the stage for the rest of her story: What could make a child so angry that she would fantasize about taking away the lives of the two people who gave her life? To understand Brenda’s fragile emotional state, we have to go back to the beginning, when her childhood innocence reigned and unconditional love was abundant – when she didn’t feel all alone in the world.

In subsequent chapters, the author transports the reader back in time to relive the innocence of her childhood on a 100-year-old farm in rural Pennsylvania, where her carefree days were filled by swinging from vines, raising farm animals as pets, romping through the forests with her cousins, and plunging from the hayloft. Once “The Friends” knock on the door, however, her childhood and innocence dramatically disappear. But Brenda Lee refuses to become a victim and, like a butterfly, she learns to change the world within her when her external world becomes unbearable.

After surviving years of stifling oppression and isolation, Brenda emerges from her cocoon and struggles to take flight. As she tries to fit into society as a young adult, she learns some startling things about her family, this “wicked world,” and herself. In time, she learns to forgive not only those who tormented her, but also the mother who disowned her.

Get out the tissues, because in one minute this book will make you cry, and in the next, it will make you laugh out loud. Brenda Lee’s story will take you from the depths of despair to the highest mountain, cast you off, and show you how to spread your wings and fly.

Read The Excerpts


Chapter 2: Growing A Farmer's Daughter

Chapter 4: Keep Paddling

Chapter 6: Breaking Free

Chapter 9: The Butterfly Takes Flight

Chapter 12: Searching For Unconditional Love And Acceptance

Chapter 15: The Circle Of Life

What if Jehovah's Witness kids can be totally released from the Watchtower prison? They can! No one has anything even remotely like the lengthy winning track record beating the Watchtower Society and Jehovah's Witness parents in case after case--all over the USA ! Get the amazing video "Battling over the Children" for free!

Brenda Lee has shed a great deal of light on the issues that women and children face in the jehovah's Witness(Watchtower) organization. This cult tears families apart... Lee's story serves as a warning to anyone who would answer the knock on the door (from Jehovah's Witnesses). The destruction of lives, relationships and marriages is something we have seen over and over again in nearly a quarter century of our child custody work.
Duane Magnani/Alan Harris
Jehovah's Witnesses Experts

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About Cults

•Protect Your Family

Milieu Control

Cult of Confession

Mystical Manipulation

Demand For Purity

Loading the Language

Sacred Science

Doctrine Over Person

Dispensing of Existence

Are Jehovah's Witnesses A Cult?

Combating Cult Mind Control

Cult - A 4 Letter Word

Could My Loved One be Involved With A Cult?

Cults 101

Cults: Why So Controversial?

Four Steps Involving Cult Membership

What Purpose Do Cults Serve?


Jehovah’s Witnesses: What’s Behind the Watchtower Curtain
  also Bloopers
   July 18, 2009

Brenda Lee's Son Derek
   Oct. 13, 2007

Jehovah's Witnesses Encounter Truth Fairy
  also Bloopers
   Oct. 13, 2007

Cult Survivors: Was Membership Your Choice?
   July 11, 2007

   May 10, 2006
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