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Heartbreak And Rage

Author : Gordon Neufeld
ISBN : 1589392760
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.


Author : Allen Tate Wood
ISBN : UOM:39076006127323
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Divine Principle Study Bible For Truth Seekers

Author : D. Michael Hentrich
ISBN : 0692587748
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The full text of the King James Bible with 850 footnotes and study helps explaining how the Divine Principle, which is the teaching of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, illuminates the Biblical narratives and enhances our understanding of them.

Shoes Of A Servant

Author : Diane Benscoter
ISBN : 1939051371
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Diane Benscoter grew up in the heartland of America in a small Nebraska town with a loving family. At 17, motivated by her idealism and inspired by the lyrics of her favorite songs, she left home in search of a way to end war. She found easy answers to life's hard questions in the form of a religious cult commonly known as the Moonies. In "Shoes of a Servant" Benscoter weaves a gripping story of her servitude in the cult, the deprogramming staged by her desperate family, and her subsequent involvement in the underground world of deprogramming, culminating in her arrest for kidnapping. Often humorous and always heartbreaking, Benscoter's story carries the reader on a journey into the world of mental manipulation, providing compelling insight on how human vulnerabilities open the door for extremism. ..".Read this book and share it with everyone - because everyone is vulnerable." Dr. Joachim De Posada "Don't Eat the Marshmallow...yet"

Killing Time

Author : Paul Feyerabend
ISBN : 0226245322
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Killing Time is the story of Paul Feyerabend's life. Finished only weeks before his death in 1994, it is the self-portrait of one of this century's most original and influential intellectuals. Trained in physics and astronomy, Feyerabend was best known as a philosopher of science. But he emphatically was not a builder of theories or a writer of rules. Rather, his fame was in powerful, plain-spoken critiques of "big" science and "big" philosophy. Feyerabend gave voice to a radically democratic "epistemological anarchism:" he argued forcefully that there is not one way to knowledge, but many principled paths; not one truth or one rationality but different, competing pictures of the workings of the world. "Anything goes," he said about the ways of science in his most famous book, Against Method. And he meant it. Here, for the first time, Feyerabend traces the trajectory that led him from an isolated, lower-middle-class childhood in Vienna to the height of international academic success. He writes of his experience in the German army on the Russian front, where three bullets left him crippled, impotent, and in lifelong pain. He recalls his promising talent as an operatic tenor (a lifelong passion), his encounters with everyone from Martin Buber to Bertolt Brecht, innumerable love affairs, four marriages, and a career so rich he once held tenured positions at four universities at the same time. Although not written as an intellectual autobiography, Killing Time sketches the people, ideas, and conflicts of sixty years. Feyerabend writes frankly of complicated relationships with his mentor Karl Popper and his friend and frequent opponent Imre Lakatos, and his reactions to a growing reputation as the "worst enemy of science."

The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara

Author : David I. Kertzer
ISBN : 9780307486714
Genre : History
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Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg. A National Book Award Finalist The extraordinary story of how the vatican's imprisonment of a six-year-old Jewish boy in 1858 helped to bring about the collapse of the popes' worldly power in Italy. Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock sounds at the door of the Jewish merchant Momolo Mortara. Two officers of the Inquisition bust inside and seize Mortara's six-year-old son, Edgardo. As the boy is wrenched from his father's arms, his mother collapses. The reason for his abduction: the boy had been secretly "baptized" by a family servant. According to papal law, the child is therefore a Catholic who can be taken from his family and delivered to a special monastery where his conversion will be completed. With this terrifying scene, prize-winning historian David I. Kertzer begins the true story of how one boy's kidnapping became a pivotal event in the collapse of the Vatican as a secular power. The book evokes the anguish of a modest merchant's family, the rhythms of daily life in a Jewish ghetto, and also explores, through the revolutionary campaigns of Mazzini and Garibaldi and such personages as Napoleon III, the emergence of Italy as a modern national state. Moving and informative, the Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara reads as both a historical thriller and an authoritative analysis of how a single human tragedy changed the course of history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Prophet S Daughter

Author : Erin Prophet
ISBN : 159921718X
Genre : History
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In early 1990, in response to apocalyptic prophecies given by her mother, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Erin Prophet entered a network of underground bunkers in Montana along with members of her mother's Church Universal and Triumphant, a controversial New Age sect. Emerging to find the world still intact, Erin was forced into a radical reassessment of her life and her beliefs. She had spent her adolescence watching her mother vilified as a dangerous cult leader even while attempting to meet her expectations by becoming a "prophet" herself. Prophet's Daughter describes Erin's search for her mother's origins and motivations. With the craft of a storyteller, she describes the combination of health crises and external pressure that drove her mother's ever-more dire prophecies. She reveals how the allure of infallibility led her mother to a conspicuous downfall, and how her mother's rapidly progressing Alzheimer's disease truncated any hope of resolution. A remarkable memoir with implications for the dialog about power, group behavior and the future of religion.

Crazy For God

Author : Christopher Edwards
ISBN : UOM:49015001062125
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The author describes his experiences as a disciple of Reverend Sun Myung Moon and a member of his extremist religious cult.

Searching For Sanviejo

Author : Larry Moffitt
ISBN : 0998432504
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Told in a compilation of essays and poems, this book encapsulates one man's journey and the quest of each of us to become the very best person possible in the years and months we have left. The goal is to become SanViejo (Saint Old Guy), or the feminine version SantaVieja. Along the road there are profound realizations: Forgiveness was invented because it had to be. The season of Spring is a bacchanalia, a drunken sailor three sheets to the wind, bent on procreation even at the cost of one's life. The more noble aspects of our crazed mating urge, actually reflect God's nature. The vast universe is finite, although expanding, and you are the owner of the part you stand on. And if evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve. This book will have you pondering the infinite one moment, and howling out loud with laughter the next. Larry Moffitt knows his stuff, having spent his life mispronouncing his way through sixty-something countries and eating the unidentifiable. He will tell you about the All Pretty Girl Orchestra in Manila and the heartbreak of turning into a werewolf. He was on the barricades in Moscow when Gorbachev was kidnapped and communism crumbled. He took one for the team, getting kissed on the mouth by the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Kazakhstan. In a thoroughly engaging style that is part astute observer and part gonzo, Larry Moffitt slowly closes in on his own perfection, while remaining gloriously, spectacularly flawed.

Small Steps To Bigger Love

Author : Debby Gullery
ISBN : 0986169900
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Author, marriage educator and relationship coach Debby Gullery asks us how our marriages might change if we saw them as the actual path to our wholeness. Her premise is that if we saw our most important relationships (marriage and parenting) as central to our spiritual growth, we might treat our partners and families with more care and sincerity, and we might also pay more attention to our own actions and attitudes. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by striving to become more loving with the very people whom we love the most! In this way the effort we invest into our important relationships becomes part of our daily spiritual practice, full of real opportunities for us to move closer toward the spiritual people we'd like to become. Drawing on her years of experience teaching marriage seminars and coaching couples, Debby Gullery shares some simple and effective tools in a step-by-step guide to building the kind of relationships we really want. In the most practical way, she demonstrates how small steps really can lead to bigger love!

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