Memoirs of a False Messiah

by Pamela Becker

What’s a girl to do when she has a message from God that makes everyone around her angry? MiMi knows she is meant for something greater. This belief, together with tragedy, moves her from the mixed-religion home of her early childhood to Orthodox Judaism in her teens, to the establishment and development of her cult in the Israeli desert. MiMi draws from the women in her life, in the Bible, and in other ancient texts, weaving modern and biblical dilemmas, as she shapes a truly unique place for her followers and herself. As her fame and following grow, she struggles with the attention from the press, the betrayals by some of her supporters and the anger of her extended family. When her life and utopian community grow more turbulent and even violent, she questions her mission. Deeply affecting and thought-provoking, Memoirs of a False Messiah is the richly told story of a young woman’s struggle to find her place in a world reluctant to accept her.

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