Fortney Road is a true and emotionally charged story depicting the horrific abuse that members of the Church of the Risen Christ, were forced to endure during the 1960’s and 70’s in Ohio. This poignant account of individual experiences while living and working on Larry Hill’s farm is both compelling and incredibly disturbing.
The founder of the Church of the Risen Christ, Larry Hill, claimed that he received messages and visions from God to prepare his followers for the Great War. Before potential followers could join Larry Hill’s church he carefully screened them. Once he accepted them, though, they became his chosen flock and trapped under his rule. Fear and intimidation kept his members from leaving the farm. Although Larry Hill preached fire and brimstone sermons against drinking, drugs and adultery, he carried around with him, his own supply of alcohol, and freely indulged in unlawful sexual activity.
Weekly meetings were held to announce member’s infractions and to dole out punishments. Mental, physical, and sexual abuse were the norm on Fortney Road farm.
This book clearly exposes the horrors of being trapped in a religious cult. I had to put the book down several times to ease the horrendous mental pictures that played in my head. But, it’s a story that needs to be told. Kudos to Jeff Stevenson for crafting such an extraordinarily well-written, and well-researched book. Warm thank you’s to everyone who bravely came forth and told their stories. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover