Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed

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The bestselling, devastating account of three sisters torn apart, abused and exploited at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. It reveals three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage.

From as early as three years old, Juliana, Celeste and Kristina were treated as sexual beings by their 'guardians' in the infamous religious cult known as the Children of God. They were made to ...

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Overview

The bestselling, devastating account of three sisters torn apart, abused and exploited at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. It reveals three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage.

From as early as three years old, Juliana, Celeste and Kristina were treated as sexual beings by their 'guardians' in the infamous religious cult known as the Children of God. They were made to watch and mimic orgies, received love letters and sexual advances from men old enough to be their grandfather, and were forced into abusive relationships. They were denied access to formal schooling, had to wander the streets begging for money, and were mercilessly beaten for 'crimes' as unpredictable as reading an encyclopaedia.

Finally, unable to live with the guilt of what had happened to her children, their mother escaped with Kristina, cutting herself off from her remaining children in a bid to save at least one child. Desperate to save her sisters, Kristina eventually returned to the place of her torture to free Celeste. Years later, Juliana found the courage to escape, knowing that the child she was carrying would be subjected to the same fate if she did not.

Now the three sisters have finally come together to reveal in full and horrific detail their existence within the Children of God cult. Their stories reveal a community spread throughout the world and its legacy of anorexia, depression, drug abuse, suicide and even murder. Lives are ripped apart and painstakingly mended with a shared strength that finally enabled the sisters to free themselves from the shadows of their past.

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‘A chilling account of life in the grip of a sinister madness' Daily Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007248063
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristina, Celeste and Julianna were all born into the cult The Children of God to the same father, David Jones, who remains a member of the organisation. Kristina and Celeste share the same mother. The three girls were separated from each other and their mothers at an early age and lived in various missions throughout the world under the ‘care’ of various foster parents.

Both Kristina and Celeste were eventually able to escape the cult and study psychology at university. Julianna remained in the cult until well into her twenties, when falling pregnant provided the catalyst to make her escape. Julianna now works in Uganda, where she remains in contact with her remaining siblings in the cult.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Love!!

    This is a very sad story that i am very glad that published and was able to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Not what I was expecting..

    I got this book, because I wanted to know what exactly goes on in polygumist families. It was a shock to my eyes to see what these three girls exactly went though. This book opens your eyes to what happens to these families behind closed doors. My heart breaks for them. I will admit, it is very hard to keep focus on which character is who. I felt like they spent a lot of time skipping from person to person, with ending the first time. I wish each chapter would have seperately been for each sister, and so on. Still though, an amazing story for anyone to read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2008

    A Story That Had To Be Told

    Not Without my sister is a compelling book that gives us insight to cults and pologamist beliefs. I read this book with a heavy heart, and these girls suffered and endured more then anything I've ever heard of, but what's more sickening is that these cults exist in todays world and must be stopped, especially if a child is born into it and doesn't have a chance. My heart goes out to Kristina, Celeste, and Juliana for their bravery, courage, and strength to bring out what happened to them so others could learn about it and public awareness. I'm glad to know that they were strong enough to fight through and free themselves of this horrible life. I'm sure there will always be scars etched forever in their minds, but what a wonderful story on how they thrived and succeeded in life to be productive human beings. God bless you girls.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved It!

    Very sad story but one that needed to be told. My heart goes out to them. It was worth the read, one of my favorite books ever read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    fascinating

    Wow. I had never heard of this cult until this book. I couldn't put the book down. Three sister's stories in one book. Absolutely fascinating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Great

    incredible story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    To all

    Please lend this to me it sounds like a good book! My email is tammy roberts wic @ yahoo .com Thanks!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    LOVED ITTTT

    Once I was done with the book I was happy that the rapist got caught and they got some god school or what ever . But the sisters don't look the same at all.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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