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Joy & Sorrow: The story of an Exclusive Brethren survivor by [Nason, Joy]
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Joy Nason was born into an English working class family during World War Two and raised in the fundamentalist Christian cult of the Exclusive Brethren. Growing up in this strict and demanding world, her family migrated to Australia in the 1950s. In her early 20s, Joy made the courageous decision to flee her family, knowing that she would be cut off from that moment on. Slowly but surely Joy made her way in the world, with kind employers who encouraged her to gain skills, and friends who helped her with socialising, travel and a new-found enjoyment of life. Through many jobs and disappointing liaisons, to finally becoming a mother of a baby boy, Joy picks herself up after each failure and faces the world with determination and a positive attitude. Joy finally entered the world of education – denied her by her sect – and attained teaching degrees, through which she became Senior Head Teacher at New South Wales TAFE.

With 'Joy and Sorrow', Joy made the decision to go public with her life and experiences, partly to give inspiration to others trapped in similar situations, but also to add to the body of evidence exposing the hypocrisy of the Exclusive Brethren. This secretive sect, now re-branded the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, will stop at nothing to maintain their Charitable status – and keep their tax-free millions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Joy Nason (6 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X94YIDY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Of great interest to any former members of this cult, and events are described very accurately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Nason's story is written with humour and honesty 7 September 2015
By Ros Hodgkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Joy Nason's story is written with humour and honesty, recalling both good and painful memories after leaving a controlling and abusive religion.
The devastation of losing connections to family is heart wrenching, Joy has captured the pain and sorrow in this book with a very applicable ending that calls for action and accountability to those who hide behind a belief to exploit followers by denying basic human rights.
Freedom to make individual choices is surely a fundamental right without fear or reprisals from any group whether religious, political or that of controlling relationship. Change will happen when more people like Joy tell their stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy is a wonderful 21 June 2016
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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Joy is a wonderful, wonderful person who I have been so happy to call my boss, my colleague and my friend. I had no idea what she had been through! What an insight into a strange and terrible cult.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading. 28 October 2015
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So compelling reading. She was a strong person and very hard to put down my kindle.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 November 2015
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
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A good inside look at this cult.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joy and Sorrow - an apt title 10 May 2015
By I. C. Mckay - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book variously fascinating, heartrending and heart-warming. The account of poverty and deprivation during the war years is valuable as a primary source of social history, and the author's first-hand account of life among the Exclusive Brethren is valuable for the insights it affords into how such organisations work, why they exist, how best we can deter the harm that they do, and how best we can care for those harmed by them. Books like this also serve to inform legislators, courts, police forces and administrators in social service and education departments.

The take-home message of the book is one of triumph over adversity: it is possible to make a good life for yourself despite the handicaps imposed by an extremist religious upbringing.

After readers discover what became of Joy, they may wonder what became of the Brethren that she left behind, those who never managed to escape. The book finishes with two Annexures that tell us.

First there is a transcript of the award-winning journalist Michael Bachelard’s brilliant opening address to a meeting of the Cult Information and Family Support Conference at Parliament House, Canberra, Australia on 2nd November 2011, in which he gives a picture of the sect up to that time, and recounts his personal encounters with it. It is entertaining, informative and thought-provoking.

Then there is an Annexure called The End Times that documents in detail the upheavals and crises that have afflicted Exclusive Brethrenism (or the most extreme branch of it) in the UK during the turbulent years between 2012 and 2015. This brings the history of the sect right up to date.