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

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

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ISBN-13: 9780007248070
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 227,731
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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

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Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is carefully researched in terms of the history of the children of god, and succintly written without dwelling on the 'trauma' of the experience. The authors draw on only what they know and experienced themselves. The voices of the three girls come through clearly, intertwined with their adult selves. I am so very happy for these women that they were able to escape this so-called family to start their new lives outside; but all these horrible memories still are fresh and painful and they will have them forever. Can you imagine? Can you EVEN.....imagine? To the three girls, With this book, you have sent a beacon of hope out to many. Your online site has forums that are helpful to survivors and informational to those who are wanting to help. There are dangerous, damaging, very enticing, and on-the-surface charismatic cults existing everywhere in this world at this very second...and knowing this very fact, if we don't protect our children from their twisted visions, we can and should be held accountable for the damage done to our very own families. Highly recommend this read.    
Jessica38 More than 1 year ago
This is a very sad story that i am very glad that published and was able to read.
wheeze More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Moniica on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Kristina, Celeste and Juliana are three sisters who were born into "Children of God", a cult created by a man named David Berg (also referred to as "grandpa") who said he was God's prophet so they must do as he said. However, the things he told them to do were horrifying, as all the children experienced severe cases of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Now they are grown ups and are no longer part of the cult - this is their story.As horrifying as it was, I thought this book was very well written and I enjoyed reading the encouraging stories of how they all finally broke free from the cult. There are many gruesome experiences in this book, but also a story of hope and unity.
Babygirl25661 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
OMG..is all i can say. I was shocked to think that this "religious group" and it's founders are still out there doing this to more innocent children. I am appalled that nothing has been done to bring these children justice. I have seen brainwashing and abuse before. I understand how it can totally twist your whole perception of life and leave eternal scars,but never have i seen it on such a large scale and with children!! God bless these 3 sisters and the other ex-members for trying to do something about it.This book will bring about every emotion you can think of. I thought the book was very well written. Even though the story was written in 3 seperate versions, i was easily able to keep up. I dont know if anyone can read this book and not feel emotionally involved. It will definitely get to you so go ahead and get the tissues ready...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author handled difficult subject matter very well, I thought. However, having each child their Own story became hard to follow. Other than that, I liked the book.
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incredible story
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