In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, a Father, a Cult by Rebecca Stott

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Rebecca Stott was born a fourth-generation Brethren and she grew up in England, in the Brighton branch of the Exclusive Brethren cult in the early 1960s. Her family dated back to the group's origins in the first half of the nineteenth century, and her father was a high-ranking minister. However, as an intelligent, inquiring child, Stott was always asking dangerous questions and so, it turns out, was her father, who was also full of doubt. When a sex scandal tore the Exclusive Brethren apart in 1970, her father pulled the family out of the cult. But its impact on their lives shaped everything before and all that was to come.

The Iron Room (named for the windowless meeting houses made of corrugated iron where the Brethren would worship) is Stott's attempt to understand and even forgive her father: a brilliant, charismatic, difficult, and at times cruel man who nonetheless inspired his daughter with his love of literature, film, and art and with his passion for life.

Title : In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, a Father, a Cult
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ISBN : 0812989082
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Petra Eggs rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 07, 2017

DNF. This should have been a fabulously interesting book, but was a deadly dull history of the Exclusive Brethren. The rest is about her father, his dying, how he'd been in prison, her forebears were fisherfolk and very uninteresting stories about their family. I really don't need a whole paragra...

Conrad rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

My first year of college was an experience of many new things. One of the more rewarding things I learned that year was that Ingmar Bergman was a great filmmaker. I had seen his name in several books I’d read and in general buzz you pick up as a youth but I was never in a city where you could fin...

Barbara (The Bibliophage) rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2017

Full review at As her father is dying, Rebecca Stott agrees to finish his memoirs. In doing so, she tells the story of four generations including her own. Starting with her great-grandfather, her family had been part of a religious sect called the Brethren. While her family is l...

BAM rated it ★★★☆☆

September 15, 2017

A big thank you to Rebecca Stott, Spiegel and Grau, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Rebecca's family belonged to a fundamentalist Brethren cult in England. She was fourth generation. It took the strength and willpower of her father to pull the fami...

Sue rated it ★★★☆☆

July 04, 2017

Rapture, rupture and re-entry to the world. Rebecca Stott’s memoir about her family’s involvement with the Exclusive Brethren is divided into three parts: her formative years in the sect, her father’s disillusionment when scandal engulfed its leadership and the family’s subsequent withdrawal from...

Carla rated it ★★★☆☆

June 08, 2017

I've always been fascinated by religious cults, particularly since I now believe I had once been introduced to one. This book is written by an adult daughter when she comes back home to look after her dying Father, and decides to write about her childhood and her father's involvement in the upper...

Sasha rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2017

An interesting read about Rebecca Stott, her father, and building a life after leaving the Exclusive Brethren. As Stott's father is dying he asks for her help to complete his memoir but he has been stuck on writing about the 1960's - he needs to face what he became while in the all-consuming cult...

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

Rebecca Stott's family has been in a religious group named the Extreme Brethren for several generations. In the 1970s, her father kicked out to the family's relief but her father's folly. The book is extremely readable and difficult to put down. I read it in two days. The author uses her father's...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2017

This is a well-written story of growing up in a dysfunctional family--in this case, the Exclusive Brethren, which have congregations all over the world despite being very small. The book reminded me a little of Oranges Are not the Only Fruit, by Jeannette Winterson, except Winterson's book about...

Laurie rated it ★★★☆☆

July 04, 2017

Rebecca Stott was born into a cult. So was her father. He was a high ranking official in the church called the Exclusive Brethren. An End of Times cult, they felt they had to purify themselves so they would be bodily taken up when the Rapture occurred. The rules became more restrictive through th...

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