Natacha Tormey was born into the infamous religious cult known as The Children of God Abused, exploited, and brainwashed by The Family , Natacha s childhood was stolen.Born to French hippy parents attracted to the religious movement by the unusual mix of evangelical Christianity, free love and rejection of the mainstream, from an early age Natacha was brainwashed to believe she had a special destiny that she was part of an elite children s army bestowed with superpowers that would one day save the world from the Anti Christ.Torn away from their parents, Natacha and her siblings were beaten on a daily basis and forced to sing and dance for entertainment in prisons and malls Natacha never expected to live to adulthood.At the age of 18 Natacha escaped, but quickly found herself hurtling through a world she had no understanding of Alone, and grappling to come to terms with an unbelievable sense of betrayal, she was stuck in a kind of limbo confused and unable to feel part of either way of life.Natacha is one of the lucky ones not all of her family survived the battle to shed the shame and pain of their past To date over 40 ex Children of God members of Natacha s generation have committed suicide.All Natacha ever wanted was to feel normal, but escaping the cult was only the beginning Shocking, moving, but ultimately inspiring, this is Natacha s full story it is both a personal tale of trauma and recovery, and an expos of the secret world of abuse hidden behind commune walls....
|Title||:||Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside|
|Publisher||:||Harper Element July 3, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||991 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside Reviews
I read "Not without my sisters" some years back and thought I would get a different perspective on the Child of God cult for that's what it is. One of the most horrific abusive cults still active today. It is sad that a child has no choice, was born into this lifestyle and how brainwashed they become. Thinking they are going to be the saviors when the end of times comes. (A little FLDS here) and the atrocious daily abuse from INFANCY on they endure. Isolation and fearful from outsiders, ANY outsiders, starvation diets, putting on a front which reminded me of the band playing at Auschwitz as people went to their "showers".
Good book. I grew up in the same cult. Every child had a different experience, but based on my own experience and what I've heard from friends of mine who grew up in Thailand, it's a pretty accurate description. I appreciate that she refrains from sensationalizing. I was particularly interested in her transition and the experiences she had as she made a life for herself in the "real" world. I find it curious that I have similar residual issues to deal with. Congrats Natacha for creating a beautiful life for yourself! You are amazing
This is a great memoir--well written and riveting--depicting life in the cult of the Children of God. I do not know how Natacha Tormey survived intact, or any of the other adult children who grew up inside The Family. Evidently, some did not survive, God bless their souls.
This is a compelling first-person account of one girl's life inside the Children of God, later The Family [International], originally a "Jesus Freak" communal hippie Christian movement that turned into a cult of coerced and sometimes forced sex with both adults and minors, and a place of extreme physical and psychological abuse. It is a hard read, but Tormey tells it well and bravely.
This was extremely well written. Although the story is quite sad, the author's descriptions were well done. This story discusses Natacha Tormey's experience as a child born into the famous Children of God cult and the abuse she suffered. I wouldn't suggest this as a light read.
Shocking! Just imagine not knowing the basics in the world as we know it, such as opening a bank account…
This is the 2nd I've read about cults and can definitely say that it will be my last. Although my heart goes out to the children who are trapped in such an evil lifestyle, I'm just at a lost to try and understand how adults, many well educated, can be lured into a cult and then let their children be beaten and sexually abused and even in some warped recess of their brains believe that it is all god's will. My heart goes out to the author and her siblings.
It never ceases to amaze me how people join these cults, are they weak minded. The worst part is that allow the abuse of their children to go ahead. The book was an eye opener as to how many disturbed people there are in this world. It makes me sick to my stomach when people use God as a cover up for their depravity.