A powerful journey where faith, philosophy, and family collide...
The philosophy was perfect. The image, so new-age. And the idea of Zen enlightenment, so fantastically nontraditional. For Jake, the Zen Center in remote New Mexico seemed like the perfect answer to life's problems, and for ten years he knew little else. His life was slowly consumed by the cult that he thought was saving him.
Acclaimed exit therapist [I am not a licensed therapist] and cult expert [expert is a relative term--specialist is better] Joseph Szimhart crafts a narrative that explores the complex interactions between faith, family, and reality. Inspired by the author's own experiences in a cult, the story's framework is set in the emotionally rooted trappings of a fringe religious commune, which provides a poignant backdrop for examining the problems we all struggle to overcome. It also presents a chilling look at the subtle manipulations that charismatic figures use on the rest of us.
Read what readers say:
"I just finished reading Mushroom Satori and I had to let you know that it blew me away. I loved it!" Ingrid (16 Jun 2013)
April, 2014: Mushroom Satori confiscated in China according to a Canadian who ordered it while working in Beijing. "It did not pass customs in Hong Kong."
Aperture Press: Reading, PA