In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family

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Born in South Korea to deeply religious parents, Nansook Hong attended Sunday school; was taught not to smoke, drink, or have premarital sex; and believed in a Messiah who would one day save mankind. That Messiah was the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church. Daughter of prominent church members, Nansook was handpicked at age fifteen by the Reverend Moon to marry his son, Hyo Jin, the heir to Moon's spiritual and economic empire. Abruptly uprooted from her life in Korea, Nansook moved to the ...
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Born in South Korea to deeply religious parents, Nansook Hong attended Sunday school; was taught not to smoke, drink, or have premarital sex; and believed in a Messiah who would one day save mankind. That Messiah was the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church. Daughter of prominent church members, Nansook was handpicked at age fifteen by the Reverend Moon to marry his son, Hyo Jin, the heir to Moon's spiritual and economic empire. Abruptly uprooted from her life in Korea, Nansook moved to the Moon family's opulent, secluded compound not far from New York City and began her sophomore year in high school, speaking no English and concealing a marriage that could have brought charges of statutory rape. Her misery quickly became complete - her husband slept with prostitutes and drank, while his parents blamed Nansook for failing to reform their wayward son. Worse still was the hypocrisy she witnessed in the lives of the Moon family, who claimed to be sinless embodiments of family values. Instead, she was confronted with greed, adultery, illicit drugs, and eventually physical violence. During her fourteen-year marriage to Hyo Jin Moon, Nansook bore five children while attending high school and Barnard College in Manhattan. Her children provided her only comfort in a life of loneliness and fear. Finally, with the support of a few allies and an unbending faith in God, she made a risky escape from the compound. This is the harrowing tale of her years as an abused wife and privileged member of a religious cult, and her fight to create a life for herself and her children, beyond the shadow of the Moons.
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Bill Mesler
. . .[A]n entertaining treatment of religious hypocrisy, told like a Jerry Springer show on paper. . . .buried in this soap opera is a message. . . .The biggest lechers of all are often the moralizers. . . .If Janet Reno reads this book, she has no excuse not to undertake a new investigatino of the Unification Church.
Nation
Library Journal
Hong was handpicked by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon as wife of his eldest son, but it was no honeymoon. Hyo Jin was a womanizer and drug addict whose lapses were blamed on Hong. Having finally escaped the Moons with her children, she's free to tell her story.
Library Journal
Hong was handpicked by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon as wife of his eldest son, but it was no honeymoon. Hyo Jin was a womanizer and drug addict whose lapses were blamed on Hong. Having finally escaped the Moons with her children, she's free to tell her story.
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. . .[H]er born-again Christian belief in forgiveness prevents Hong from writing a jeremiad. . .[but] Hong's life inside Moon's $24 million compound is a nightmare. . .
Bill Mesler
. . .[A]n entertaining treatment of religious hypocrisy, told like a Jerry Springer show on paper. . . .buried in this soap opera is a message. . . .The biggest lechers of all are often the moralizers. . . .If Janet Reno reads this book, she has no excuse not to undertake a new investigatino of the Unification Church. -- The Nation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316348164
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/2/1998
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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'The estate, called East Garden, had been my personal prison for 14 years, since the day the Reverend Moon summoned me from Korea to be the child bride of his eldest son...I[became] a woman-child in the hands of a husband who treated me either as a toy for his sexual pleasure or as an outlet for his violent rages.' -- From In the Shadow of the Moons
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    An amazing story of true courage and heroism

    One of the most effective and moving stories I have ever come across. Nansook Hong shows true heroism and bravery like no other, yet she is such a kindhearted and sweet human being. It is unimaginable to think, let alone experience, such an untolerable past and is still capable of raising 5 children on her own. This book has made me realize to appreciate life, for you do not know what is to come. Nansook Hong may be one of the brightest, courageous, most humble, and feminine women I have ever known-although I have not been acquainted with her, it reaches out in her classic writing.

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