Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years under Sun Myung Moon: A Cults Survivor's Memoir

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Mass weddings. Matching ceremonies where people meet their future spouses for the first time. Desperate flower-sellers approaching bar customers late at night. Isolated farms where young men and women are rapidly transformed into fanatical devotees of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. All these are well-known aspects of life in the Unification Church, often called the "Moonies". In Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, a Cult Survivor's Memoir, K. Gordon Neufeld recalls his own participation in all of ...
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Mass weddings. Matching ceremonies where people meet their future spouses for the first time. Desperate flower-sellers approaching bar customers late at night. Isolated farms where young men and women are rapidly transformed into fanatical devotees of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. All these are well-known aspects of life in the Unification Church, often called the "Moonies". In Heartbreak and Rage: Ten Years Under Sun Myung Moon, a Cult Survivor's Memoir, K. Gordon Neufeld recalls his own participation in all of these events in a powerful and engrossing, and occasionally wistful and tender, memoir. Neufeld recounts his own rise in the ranks of the Unification Church to the position of a leader-in-training at the Unification Theological Seminary, a promotion that indirectly led to his growing disillusionment. Yet even when he found himself rejected by the woman Moon had chosen for his bride, and by the church to which he had been unswervingly dedicated, he refused to give up, but carried on until there was absolutely no way to continue. At last, demonstrating great courage, Neufeld broke free from his state of mental transfixion without the aid of deprogrammers. This is an unforgettable story of persistence, devotion, love and loss.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781589392762
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    Yes, Reverend Moon is still around!

    Controversy surrounding the Reverend Moon's Unification Church has died down, and many people are unaware that the group is still active. This new book brings important new information to a subject that was last extensively covered in the early 1980s. Neufeld personally participated in the famous 1982 Madison Square Garden mass wedding and describes what it is like to have one's spouse picked out at random by Moon from a roomful of strangers. The book is elegantly written and lays out in detail the mind control techniques that were used to draw Neufeld into the cult and to keep him locked in the group, afraid to leave, for an entire decade. A powerful, spellbinding read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2005

    honesty from misunderstanding

    It was educational to see the perspective of a person who found this 'Moon' movement to be a negative influence. I am a member of the Unification Church, which is now called Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. The world 'cult' assumes something negative. Christianity applys to the definition of cult. I am sure that many people have been 'brainwashed' by the media and the misunderstood rumors about this movement.

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