Escaping the Nation of Yahweh: No Crying for Elena Published by Outskirts Press

Author and ex-cult member N. Meridian’s eye opening memoir reveals the distorted reality of growing up in the Nation of Yahweh and her struggles afterward to create a normal life in the real world.

Raleigh, NC, August 14, 2012 --( Author N. Meridian announced today the release of No Crying for Elena, A Woman Raised in a Cult and Her Daughter Finally Find Salvation in Each Other, published by Outskirts Press. Meridian’s provocative story is the factual tale of a young girl who suddenly finds out that nothing she has been taught has been true when she is forced out from a dangerous cult onto the equally dangerous streets of Philadelphia and she tries to survive without the once stabilizing lies of The Nation of Yahweh.

Miami’s warm breezes and palm trees camouflaged the violence that sprang from one of America’s most notorious religious compounds, the Nation of Yahweh. Ten year old Leah Israel, her cult given alias and the only name she had ever known, lived among thieves, arsonists and murderers who terrorized Floridians in the name of the Almighty and his earthly prophet, Yahweh Ben Yahweh.

When the FBI and SWAT team came storming into the compound one November morning, young Leah hid under a bed while the only world she had known came crashing down around her. She and everyone there had only had the false identity of the aliases that they thought were their only names. All they had ever been taught about life was a violent distortion of the society around them. When someone left the Nation, they were said to be dead.

From this dark and topsy-turvy world, young Leah was led to a harsh life on the streets of Philadelphia, where bloodshed and sexuality had become intermixed in a world equally removed from mainstream society as her life at the Nation of Yahweh had been. Remarkably, she was able to escape that menacing existence, as well, and to finally claim a normal and successful life that she would never have dreamed possible.

Along the way, Leah was able to accept the reality of her past while at the same time denying the influence it could have on her, and the inner strength she discovered while making that remarkable journey is itself a story with a lesson for all.

No Crying for Elena is available online in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-7875-0 SRP: $14.95
e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Family and relationships/life stages/adolescence/conflict resolution

About the author:
N. Meridian is a proofreader, editor, ghostwriter, freelance writer and YourTango expert. Her works have appeared on various sites such as YourTango, Blogher, Huffington Post and WorkItMom. When she isn’t working, she is helping raise money for or volunteering with non-profit organizations. She is the founder of, a site that entertains users while getting them to affect positive changes in their own lives. Currently, the author lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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