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Shoes of a Servant  –  My Unconditional Devotion to a Lie

Shoes of a Servant – My Unconditional Devotion to a Lie


Diane Benscoter’s epic journey in wearing the Shoes of a Servant reveals a mind lost to mind-controlling manipulators in a powerful cult, and then not only found but healed of the destructive memetic virus implanted in her youthful vulnerable spirit.

Her message about the various forms of systemic and situational evil that are still among us in various masks is as vital today as it was in the try anything new era of the 70′s. I especially valued her “song book” that guides us through each of her challenging chapters.

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Stanford University

Shoes of a Servant is a captivating first-person account of a young woman’s journey into the “Moonie” cult and her subsequent experience as a deprogrammer.  This is an important book providing insight into the dangers of mind control. Her story is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.  I highly recommend it.

Steven Alan Hassan M.Ed. LMHC, NCC  Author of Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs

Shoes of a Servant is a great read. You won’t be able to put it down.  More importantly; as you read Diane’s story of dedicating herself wholeheartedly to what she painfully learned was a manipulative lie, you will understand how imperative it is to teach the lessons within this book to young and vulnerable people.   Read this book and share it with everyone – because everyone is vulnerable. I know this first hand since I worked with the police in the Matamoros narco satanic case.

Dr. Joachim De Posada

Author of Don’t Eat the Marshmallow…yet

“As a young girl, Diane Benscoter joins the cult of the Moonies and surrenders her life, will, birth family and vision of reality. There are adventures, chases, lies, arrests, and imprisonment.  After a period of questioning and deep pain, the author emerges at the other side of her experience. Honest and courageous, Shoes of a Servant is a thoughtful examination of the forcible submission of an individual to the strictures of a religious cult. Thank you, Diane, for allowing us to understand and accompany you on this unusual and dangerous journey, and for writing this book. “

-Kathleen Spivack-
Writer, teacher. ”With Robert Lowell and His Circle.”

Born in Nebraska, the author tells the gripping story of  joining the world-wide Unification Church at the impressionble age of seventeen; then, for the next seven years, travelling with fellow “Moonies,” to small towns and cities across the United States in order to help the Church and its Father/ Founder, the millionaire, Rev.  Moon.  A well told and true memoir.

Hannelore Hahn

Author of  the autobiography: “On the Way to Feed the Swans,” and Founder of The International  Women’s Writing Guild, 1976-2011.

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