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- Publisher: HarperElement (3 July 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G1TPX8S
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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 Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Natacha Tormey is 29 years old. She was born into The Children of God cult (also known as The Family International or The Family) and grew up in a variety of communes across South East Asia, East Africa and Europe. Her French-born hippy parents joined the cult in their youth, going on to marry and raise 13 children within it.
Natacha finally escaped at the age of 18. Against all odds she has survived and thrived. Today she works as a Human Resources manager, is happily married and lives near London.
Natacha is writing her story under her real name.
Natacha’s co-author Nadene Ghouri is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist and broadcaster.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The beatings on the end time army was harsh and unduly severe. When the cult heads wanted to brainwash the followers into Mo Letter's doctrines it went too far and was extremist fundamentalist ideology run wild. Looks as though Moses David was idolized to the point of being Jesus or god to the children.
Dangerous sexual immorality dressed up in new language as flirty fishing and sharing was nothing less than fornication and adultery and orgies spun around the followers mind. The Antichrist was the controling factor to keep the members on their toes so the Family could continue it's anti - system teachings against systemites and their literature appears to be pornographic and idolatrous. This e book shows what a cult is like beneath its skin and behind the " Love " and " Armagedon " spin.
Let no one deceive you.
Jesus said beware of false prophets.
Test the spirits.
Love is not rude.
Tormey has forgiven her parents. She is a brave woman. What can have possessed them to join such a sect, or, having joined, to remain in it? And how is it that cults like this can grow and take root internationally? The power of brainwashing on lonely, naïve, unthinking individuals searching for a direction in life should never be underestimated, and there will always be cynical “leaders” who will exploit them. But to be born into such circumstances leaves scars for life on those who would never, given the choice, have wished to live in such a hell on earth. It is a relief to learn that Natacha Tormey did finally escape and is living a different life as best she can. But how many others are still physically or mentally imprisoned? Many have already committed suicide.
With the help of Nadene Ghouri, this book has been written in a vivid and lively style that carries the reader forward quickly with growing horror. While it shocked me, it did not come as a complete surprise, as I had done some research into the cult a number of years ago when its members were very active in Paris, presenting themselves to the public as smiling young Christians, brimming with love and sincerity.
It needed to be written. I hope it will have the success that it deserves.
Everyone should read this, if only to learn to beware of narcissistic leaders. The parents were so brainwashed by the cult they thought they were doing their best for their children, and the moment they start to realise the cult's cruelty is a chilling one, when they realise they have set their own trap. Natacha must be a very strong person to have redeeme herself. Not all of her siblings were so fortunate.
All I can say is it's a 'story' that needs to be told and people need to listen.
My horror though is that having finished this book Karen Zerby hasn't been called to ransom. Shame on the authorities and the "system".
Thank you Natacha for the book and I wish you and your family well.
What a brave woman and so pleased she was able to overcome such abuse.