Shoes of a Servant

My Unconditional Devotion To A Lie

In Shoes of a Servant Benscoter weaves a gripping story of her servitude in the cult, the deprogramming staged by her desperate family, and her subsequent involvement in the underground world of deprogramming– culminating in her arrest for kidnapping. Often humorous and always heartbreaking , Benscoter’s story carries the reader on a journey into the world of mental manipulation, providing compelling insight on how human vulnerabilities open the door for extremism.

"A must-read for those curious about cults and how people get into and stay in cults"

"I Couldn't Put It Down"

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.

Diane grew up in the heartland of America, in a small Nebraska town with a loving family.  At 17, motivated by her idealism  and inspired by the lyrics of her favorite songs, she went in search of a way to end war.  She soon found easy answers to life’s hard questions in the form of a religious cult, commonly known as the Moonies.

Benscoter tells a gripping story of her life in the cult, how her desperate family had her deprogrammed, how she then got involved in the underground world of deprogramming, while still recovering from her experience, and ultimately about her arrest for kidnapping.  The story is at times humorous and at other times heartbreaking.

Shoes of a Servant provides insight into mental manipulation and human vulnerability to extremism.  It challenges us to find ways to prevent dangerous memes from infecting those most at risk of falling prey to carefully packaged lies.

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Diane Benscoter has first-hand experience as a cult member and deprogrammer. She is an author and proud founder of, a nonprofit organization working to expose the dangers of misinformation and psychological manipulation.