Charlene L. Edge
I am the author of the award-winning memoir:
Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International.
Published by New Wings Press, LLC, November, 2016
Available in paperback and eBook from major booksellers.
“While a variety of controversies ended up surrounding The Way, the author’s most astute portrayal concerns her participation in its research branch. … A frank, in-depth account of one woman’s struggles in a controlling organization.” —Kirkus Reviews
Charlene spent seventeen years in The Way (1970–1987). Since then, she earned a B.A. in English from Rollins College’s and became a published a poet and prose writer. She worked for more than a decade as a technical and proposal writer in the software industry. Her poetry has been featured on WMFE-FM's Poetic Logic and published in The Florida Writer magazine, the Tampa Writers Alliance’s Wordsmith, and the Rollins Book of Verse 1885–2010; her essays have appeared in Shifting Gears: Small, Startling Moments In and Out of the Classroom and ICSA Today, magazine of the International Cultic Studies Association. She is a sought-after guest speaker, and a member of the Florida Writers Association, the Authors Guild, and ICSA. She lives in Florida with her husband, Dr. Hoyt L. Edge. Charlene blogs about their travel adventures, writing, cults, fundamentalism, and other topics at: https://charleneedge.com.
Awards and Recognition
- Undertow is listed in BookRiot's 100 must-read books about cult life. Visit: http://bookriot.com/2017/01/27/100-must-read-books-about-life-in-cults/
- The Annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Awards awarded Undertow a gold medal in the category of Autobiography/Memoir.