Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult

Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult

by Faith Jones
Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult

Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult

by Faith Jones


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Named a Best Book of 2021 by Newsweek and a Most Anticipated by People, TIME, USA Today, Real Simple, Glamour, Nylon, Bustle, Purewow, Shondaland, and more!

Educated meets The Vow in this story of liberation and self-empowerment—an inspiring and stranger-than-fiction memoir of growing up in and breaking free from the Children of God, an oppressive, extremist religious cult.

Faith Jones was raised to be part a religious army preparing for the End Times. Growing up on an isolated farm in Macau, she prayed for hours every day and read letters of prophecy written by her grandfather, the founder of the Children of God. Tens of thousands of members strong, the cult followers looked to Faith’s grandfather as their guiding light. As such, Faith was celebrated as special and then punished doubly to remind her that she was not.

Over decades, the Children of God grew into an international organization that became notorious for its alarming sex practices and allegations of abuse and exploitation. But with indomitable grit, Faith survived, creating a world of her own—pilfering books and teaching herself high school curriculum. Finally, at age twenty-three, thirsting for knowledge and freedom, she broke away, leaving behind everything she knew to forge her own path in America.

A complicated family story mixed with a hauntingly intimate coming-of-age narrative, Faith Jones’ extraordinary memoir reflects our societal norms of oppression and abuse while providing a unique lens to explore spiritual manipulation and our rights in our bodies. Honest, eye-opening, uplifting, and intensely affecting, Sex Cult Nun brings to life a hidden world that’s hypnotically alien yet unexpectedly relatable. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062952455
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2021
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 660,988
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Faith Jones is a lawyer, activist, entrepreneur, and business advisor. She began her career as an attorney with Skadden Arps representing clients in a wide variety of cross-border corporate transactions and has worked with businesses and government leaders in the Pacific Rim. Faith has been a featured TEDx speaker, has traveled the world, and has done humanitarian aid work in Kazakhstan, Russia, Japan, and Taiwan. 

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author xi

A (Not So) Brief History of My Family and the Children of God 1

1 The Great Escape! 25

2 Watch Out for Snakes 43

3 It Takes a Village 59

4 Don't Work for Money, Honey 72

5 Train up a Child 80

6 Heavenly Houris 87

7 A Change in Attitude 98

8 My Sister is a Jesus Baby 107

9 Farm Life 114

10 Burn after Reading 128

11 It's a Teen Revolution! 143

12 The Silent Coup 153

13 The Grand Experiment 158

14 Suffering Makes You Bitter or Better 170

15 The Land of Much Too Much 188

16 The New Kid in the Class 209

17 Gentling and Breaking 221

18 Education is Power 230

19 Breaking the Rules 235

20 All for One Means None for You 246

21 Long Live the Prophet 260

22 Meeting the Prince 266

23 The Breaking 271

24 Pretending is the First Step to Being 292

25 The Big Decision 312

26 Suffering is Never Godly 320

27 On My Own 326

28 Knowledge and Truth 344

29 Never Give Up 356

30 The Truth will set you Free 364

Epilogue: I Own Me 373

Glossary 383

Acknowledgments 387

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