Escaping the Cult: One cult, two stories of survival by Natacha Tormey

Escaping the Cult: One cult, two stories of survival

byNatacha Tormey, Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones...

Kobo ebook | July 3, 2014

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The bestselling “Not Without My Sister”, detailing the incredible story of three siblings battling to escape the infamous Children of God cult, is for the first time combined with “Born Into The Children of God”, the shocking but inspiring account of Natacha Tormey, who underwent similar horrors. Follow the true stories of Juliana, Celeste and Kristina in “Not Without My Sister” as they struggled to flee from a community which denied them formal schooling, mercilessly beat them for unpredictable crimes and even forced them to watch and mimic orgies. When the girls’ mother manages to escape with Kristina, she is determined to return to the place of torture to free her remaining sisters – but will they all make it out together? In “Born Into the Children of God”, Natacha Tormey is exposed to similar terrors, torn away from her parents to be beaten daily and forced to sing and dance for entertainment in prisons and malls. When Natacha managed to escape at the age of 18, she found herself struggling to come to terms with the world she had left behind, yet unable to fit into the life she had run to. Shocking, moving, but ultimately inspiring, this is Natacha’s full story; both a personal tale of trauma and recovery, and an exposé of the secret world of abuse hidden behind commune walls.
Title:Escaping the Cult: One cult, two stories of survivalFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 3, 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