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

Pricing and Purchase Info

$15.30 online 
$16.99 list price save 9%
Earn 77 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

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...
Loading
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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:000756032X

ISBN - 13:9780007560325

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting, and at times heartbreaking, read This story gives a glimpse into one girl's life in a polygamist colony and follows her until her and her siblings leave the colony. There are stereotypes associated with polygamists and this book, in an honest way, shows those stereotypes. Ruth's stepfather, Lane, is a horrible man and I was truly disgusted and disturbed by what he did and what he put his "family" through. While reading, I had to keep reminding myself that this was a true story...everything in this story actually happened.It was a good read and easy to get into, but a disturbing read too. While I would recommend this book to others who are interested in non-fiction books, I'm not sure that I will re-read this book.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a wonderful, insightful read. This was an amazing book. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it. If you’ve never heard or read anything about polygamy, this book brings you into a part of the culture which will shock and surprise you. Anna brings you into her life and doesn’t hold back about her experiences. Her writing draws you in and makes you want to dive deeper into knowing more about the polygamist lifestyle and culture. It’s a wonderful read and your heart will be involved as you read what she’s gone through.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read What a childhood this woman had. Really opens up your eyes in what some people go through.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Such an amazing memoir! If you like North of Normal and The Glass Castle, you will love this one!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing memoir. If you liked The Glass Castle and North of Normal, you'll love this one!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Eye Opening Read This was an intriguing story of a girl who grew up in a cult I had never really heard much about. Likely, I didn't hear about this because most of the crimes this man, Ervil LeBaron, committed were during my early childhood years. Nonetheless, it was interesting to read his daughter's story. She writes about her childhood, growing up shuffled between Texas, Mexico and a few other places along with her sisters, brothers, step-siblings, and half- siblings. Her father had multiple wives and close to fifty children. Her father, Ervil LeBaron, started his own branch off the Mormon church. They practiced polygamy, pre-arranged marriages of under age children, and child labor. They justified lying, stealing, and killing as things they did to further the cause of the kingdom of God. They were not allowed to question authority without severe consequences. Most of the sister-wives and families lived in a state of poverty although they were hard working people, because all the money they earned went to the cause, or to pay lawyers and court costs to get Ervil out of jail. They were "suffering" for the "kingdom of God". They practically lived on the run, never staying in one place for long, shuffled around at night from city to city to escape the authorities. The children were taught to stay quiet if law enforcement came, always answer questions with "I don't know" and were not allowed to make friends on the occasions when they did get to go to school. It was an interesting read, told from Anna's perspective of what she remembers happening to her as a young child. Some things were extremely difficult to swallow. I found it to be very emotionally disturbing, and there were many times I would have liked to ring some necks myself. I didn't learn a whole lot about the cult itself reading through this book, it was more a personal story of Anna's life and how she came to know Christ and broke free from the cult and the lifestyle it contained. But it peaked my curiosity and I looked up further detail on the internet. It is a story of heartache, but also of hope; a reminder that God is still on the throne and through Him we can break free and live a life that is fulfilling, peaceful, and not filled with fear and anxiety. This book is very detailed and it took me a while to get through it. There were times, I honestly just needed to take a break because it would make me so mad! It is really hard to see people so blinded to the truth, so gullible, and so willing to give up everything to follow a corrupt leader in hopes of gaining heaven. I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers to read. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to review this book positively.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain Washing? A read that will make you realize how lucky you are and how your childhood compared to this poor little girl who really didn’t have one. A survivor for sure, but at what price, and what is told in this true story of the life of Anna LeBaron. I vaguely remember reading about some of the murders that were committed but this cult, and why, well you can’t leave, or the head honcho doesn’t like you or wants what you have. No wonder this girl ends up in therapy, and you have to wonder while reading if it can even help, all that she has been through and seen. You wonder how a mother could allow these things to happen to her child, or leave her, in a foreign country no less, but then I had to think this woman was so brain washed, but it still made it hard to read all that went on. This is a quick page turning read, and once I started the author compelled me to keep reading, all the while I wanted to hug and comfort her, but loved the story right to the end. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-03-21
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 4 out of 5 by from Utterly fascinating and heartbreaking This memoir of growing up in, and escaping from, a Mormon polygamist settlement in Mexico is fascinating, enraging and heartbreaking. Despite having more freedoms than the more commonly known FLDS sects, Wariner's family lived in abject poverty. Wariner's story is one of awful events and neglectful and abusive adults, yet her resiliency, deep love for her family and power of forgiveness shines through even in the face of overwhelming tragedy.
Date published: 2016-11-02
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