Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside: My Struggle To Escape A Religious Sex Cult by Natacha TormeyBorn into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside: My Struggle To Escape A Religious Sex Cult by Natacha Tormey

Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the…

byNatacha Tormey

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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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 exposé of the secret world of abuse hidden behind commune walls.
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 fi...
Title:Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the…Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disturbing I'm glad I read this book but I'm not sure I'll be able to use the right words to express how it made me feel. It's difficult to think about how these atrocious acts were being committed against children on the other side of the world, but in the same world where I was growing up. I felt the author was able to clearly convey her and siblings'/friends' emotions, having to deal with selfish, perhaps brain-washed adults, and being totally at their mercy. She painted a real picture of what it was like, for her, growing up in a "religious" cult. I'm glad that she and most of her family were able to escape the cult's clutches eventually, but sorry that they have not been able to truly realize full and happy, carefree lives. I didn't get the sense that Natacha has had any true redemption from her past. It still seems to have her in its clutches to some extent. She only referred to counseling in the last pages of the book, and didn't go into any details about how extensive it has been. She expressed that counselors couldn't really help a lot because they could not truly empathize with her background. I know the cult's name was originally "Children of God" but I hope that the victims in her family have been able to sort out the differences between this false god worshiped by the cult from The One True God and know that He is loving and does care for them. I think in these types of cases (speaking from some personal experience) it is only God who can truly empathize and heal someone completely from an abusive past. I hope she will continue to heal and am glad she was able to write this book so that we can learn from her experiences.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling This is a great look ijnto the struggle of Religious cults from Birth threw escape
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A single tale. As this book follows one person's story it is limited in its scope. There is some detail and information about the Children of God but this is rather slight.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A harrowing tale Vivid description and imagery brings this larger than life story to life. It will make you think for days, long after you've finished reading and rooting for Nachsa's happy ending.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Children of God I read the book she wrote with her sisters. This is far more informative. Horrible to think that this sort of thing still goes on. Very well written.
Date published: 2014-07-30