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Shining a Light

“I am sharing my story in order to bring clarity
out of the fog of complexities involved in
today’s mad, chaotic world.”

The Followers

Today’s world is so complex, so daunting, that it’s tempting to just put our heads down and vanquish our curiosities. We find comfort in echo chambers provided by media and in social viewpoints that reflect to us how we already have been indoctrinated because it’s easier and more comfortable than taking in new information, especially if it conflicts with our preconceived notions. It is my hope that this book will be entertaining, informative, and provocative.

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Review from Will Allen, Film Director of HOLY HELL: “What can I say? As the director of the film Holy Hell, I am proud to say that Radhia is super talented, insightful, politically savvy and ferocious in her humor… and I would expect nothing less. I really enjoyed her story from beginning to end. Somethings even I did not know!! I highly recommend her audiobook version because you really get to hear the tone in which Radhia delivers for thoughts. It’s…”  (Read more here.)

Author – About Radhia’s Work

Radhia Gleis is known for her raw, irreverent and unvarnished ways of sharing her insights with others. She realizes that songs and poetry, art and writing are composed more about pain and triumph over adversity than pleasantry. With a bit of humor and honesty, and guided by her internal north star she takes the reader on a journey to understanding what most people do not ponder and provides a different perspective so that they can make a conscious choice for themselves.

“Everyone goes through challenging times in their lives. Without people’s suffering, I would not have had a greater purpose in my life—as a wellness counselor, an artist, a writer, a justice warrior, or just a friend with a sympathetic ear.  It is my hope that this book will be entertaining, informative, and provocative. I’ve lived a distinctive, sometimes painful, but incredible, and atypical life. If I didn’t have that colorful life, I would not have a story; I would not have written “The Followers”, and I would not be able to offer it to you in the hope that you will benefit from sharing it. My goal—my passion is to convey what I find to be important information that may inspire, heal, and transform.”
~ Radhia

Radhia Gleis is known for her raw, irreverent and unvarnished ways of sharing her insights with others. She realizes that songs and poetry, art and writing are composed more about pain and triumph over adversity than pleasantry. With a bit of humor and honesty, and guided by her internal north star she takes the reader on a journey to understanding what most people do not ponder and provides a different perspective so that they can make a conscious choice for themselves.

“Everyone goes through challenging times in their lives. Without people’s suffering, I would not have had a greater purpose in my life—as a wellness counselor, an artist, a writer, a justice warrior, or just a friend with a sympathetic ear.  It is my hope that this book will be entertaining, informative, and provocative. I’ve lived a distinctive, sometimes painful, but incredible, and atypical life. If I didn’t have that colorful life, I would not have a story; I would not have written “The Followers”, and I would not be able to offer it to you in the hope that you will benefit from sharing it. My goal—my passion is to convey what I find to be important information that may inspire, heal, and transform.”
~ Radhia

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What The Critics Say

Trailblazer,
Expansive Thinker

This book will change
your perspective on life.

A Fascinating Book, Bravo!

Written from the perspective of an insider, this compelling personal story, told with both brutal honesty, and raw humor draws us into the mindset of cult followers. It shines a light on how easily intelligent questing people can find themselves unwittingly following a cult leader. As much a personal story as a probing exploration of the mental and emotional states of cult leaders and followers, this fascinating book is hard to put down.

Lorell Frysh PhD., Transpersonal Psychologist

An illuminating story of a person’s realization.

Cult leaders believe they are special individuals over and above everyone else. They believe they should be listened to, obeyed, and envied; they are almost all pathological narcissists. Radhia Gleis has written a book that deftly weaves poignant personal stories that are astonishingly candid, and at times very familiar. She inter-weaves this intimate and intense life story with the analysis of how a malignant narcissistic cult leader was able to lead a group of people down the Primrose Path, and how this illustrates the way in which Donald Trump became so powerful in American politics. As a former member of a cult, this book really hit home for me. The similarities between the Cult leader, and Donald Trump both emerge as individuals with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder who found a population that needed a leader to take over the responsibilities of life for them and tell them what to do. They become dictatorial and exploitative. This is an illuminating story of a person’s realization of how outside influences guided her path and her eventual escape from all that disillusionment.

Gregory Tyler, Geosciences/Physics/Engineering/AP Environmental Science

Articles by Radhia

Shining a Light of Clarity

Lest We Rest on Our Laurels

By |November 30th, 2020|

Over seventy million voters still ride on the Trump train. Wow! Seventy million. While I dance in the streets with the other voters who celebrate Biden’s bullet-dodging defeat of the Donald, we cannot plant this wilted wreath of greenery on our crown and call it a victory

The Power of Words

By |November 24th, 2020|

The problem is WORDS! Big, bad, ugly words in the American lexicon. I am often asked by my more liberal friends, “How did our country come to this?” My answer is that it’s been a long game that has been in the works for generations.

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By |September 13th, 2021|Categories: Media|

The Followers: A Book about Cult Followers from a Former Cult Member By Claire Misfeldt, Austin Woman Magazine (Source: https://atxwoman.com/radhia-gleis/) On June 16, 2015, Radhia Gleis saw the announcement that Donald Trump was running for president. Like many people watching the broadcast, she was concerned and immediately labeled him as a narcissist. Yet unlike many people, Gleis spoke from personal experience dealing with narcissistic leaders. She used to know one from her former life in a cult. Click here to read the rest of the article. READ MORE

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