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Growing up in a cult

Dan LaRue/Lebanon, Pa.

May 7: Your cover story was enough to bring tears to the eyes of anyone who loves children. I’m so glad the three sisters eventually escaped from the cult, and I pray their brother Shawn will find peace and healing in Christ.

A long shadow

Kerry Dean/Henderson, Nev.

May 7: I was dismayed to find the content in the May 7 issue shallow in comparison to all that is happening in the world, including an old story based on last year’s Truth Be Told podcast. Give me more relevant and substantial content.

Richard C. Smith/Camp Hill, Pa.

It was a turnoff when I saw the cover of the May 7 issue. What happened to world news? That’s what we look for, not cult practice.

WORLD on the world

Elizabeth Edgren/Albuquerque, N.M.

I was so happy to see Jenny Lind Schmitt’s (“Europeans affirm life”) and Onize Ohikere’s (“Home­schooling journeys in Africa”) reporting in this issue. I love learning about and keeping up with what’s going on around this great planet. What a way to live up to your name, WORLD!

Susan Coomber/Lena, Ill.

Thank you for the articles in your May 7 issue! I had considered not renewing for the sake of one less magazine—but you changed my mind with this issue.

Web of deception

Wendy Smith/Colorado Springs, Colo.

May 7: Thank you for publishing an article about the very dark and dangerous lure of the web. “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:16, NIV).

Neal Cummings/Rexford, N.Y.

Thanks to Mary Jackson for writing an article on an important, timely, and critical topic for Christians to understand. WORLD holds a special place in our culture to investigate and report the truth about gender dysphoria in a fair and balanced manner.

Prizefighter to priest

Roberta Denton/Redding, Calif.

May 7: With numerous good, clean, moral movies available, I wonder why WORLD continues to review films like Father Stu with its “F-bombs galore, vulgar talk, and bloody fight scenes.”


Steve Futch/Peachtree City, Ga.

May 7: I commented to my wife, “Wow, there are some really tough letters in this edition!” What a difficult task you all have. We believe your direction and commitment to your mission have been rock solid. Keep forging ahead!

Aaron Spence/Richland, Wash.

Thank you for your service, for publishing harsh critics of your work, and for often providing some of the best reporting on the topics you cover.

Jennifer Stewart/Abilene, Texas

Alarmed by recent reader comments, I wish to thank WORLD for its Culture section. My family values your reviewers, who model thoughtful, mature Christian thinking in their appreciation for and engagement with the arts. Please, keep up this vital, good work.


WORLD does not view Mormonism as an expression of Biblical Chris­tianity, and we did not intend for our article on religious versions of Wordle to imply that. We appreciate the many readers who wrote in to hold us accountable (“‘FAITH’ for the five-­letter win,” May 7).


The Signal Company Special mimicked combat troops’ communications as part of the “Ghost Army” in World War II (“An Army of sights and sounds,” June 4).


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