James Bell Releases New Tell-all Memoir of Growing Up in Exclusive Brethren Family

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‘The Exclusive Sinner’ reveals insight into extreme, isolated religious sect.

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In “The Exclusive Sinner” (published by AuthorHouse), author James Bell sheds light on the extreme Protestant group, the Exclusive Brethren, revealing his struggles growing up in a Brethren family, his eventual break with them and his life after his escape.

“I care and love the Brethren, no criticism is implied,” Bell stresses. “They have painted themselves into a theological corner and now find that they are trapped. I believe it is the responsibility of the Christian Church to help such people.”

“The Exclusive Sinner” chronicles Bell’s life from childhood to adulthood and his eventual escape from his Exclusive Brethren family. Growing up, Bell often felt at odds with his family’s Brethren-influenced belief, which preached that society outside the Brethren was evil. Bell’s family, like other Brethren families, isolated themselves, banning televisions and radios and interacting only with other Brethren families.

Bell’s writings demonstrate the loneliness and confusion about his family’s religion and their zero tolerance policy for sin and outsiders. It is not until his family interferes with his plans to marry the love of his life that Bell decides to break free and take control of his life.

“The Exclusive Sinner” offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the Exclusive Brethren that is both honest and poignant. Through his book, Bell hopes readers take away a more rounded view of the Brethren.

“It is hard not to criticize the Exclusive Brethren,” he says, “because they are deceived what they need is love and understanding.”

“The Exclusive Sinner”
By James Bell
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781491889954
E-Book | 204 pages | ISBN 9781491889961
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
James Bell worked in retail sales until he was 21. He then served in the National Service. Afterwards, he spent 15 years in the nursing profession, 10 years in pharmaceutical sales and 10 years as the managing director of a private nursing home. He also served as town councilor for a number of years. He retired at 60.

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