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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing (October 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589392760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589392762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

K. Gordon Neufeld is a freelance writer currently living in Calgary, Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. In addition to this memoir, he has published numerous book reviews as well as a number of articles about his experiences in the Reverend Moon's Unification Church. He is now at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Lercher on August 30, 2003
This in one of three best books I've ever read. Heartbreak and Rage details the 10 year journey of one man's experience in the Unification Church. For me, the book elicited a range of emotions. Neufeld brings the reader face to face to with the inner workings of the UC that only someone deeply involved with the church could provide. Other authors can provide an overview of the UC based on research and interviews with ex-members. Neufeld, due to his experience in the UC, provides insights that few others could.

I bought this book looking for knowledge of how the UC operated and how it's use of mind control techniques contributed to increasing its membership. This book certainly provided that. However, Neufeld is able to take this story a step further. Not only is this a story about the Unification Church, it is a story about one's man's search for an identity, his search for self worth. Neufeld becomes the hero of his own story. As I eagerly devoured page after page, I "rooted" for Neufeld to rise up out of the depths of the years of mind control he had been subjected to and defeat (by leaving) the evil Unification Church. This is the true story of this book. Is this the story of Neufeld's quest to free himself from the grips of a totalistic organization and reclaim his life.
If you're looking for a straight, encyclopedic description of how the UC operates, a book like Kingdom of the Cults would better suit you. If you're looking for the story of one man's triumph against a quasi-religious corporation, then Heartbreak and Rage is an excellent choice. I highly recommend this book. I've never written a review on Amazon before because I've never read anything that I felt strongly enough to write about. That was until I read this book. I read the entire book in one day. And when I got to the last, page I wanted more. Stories don't get told and books don't get written much better than Heartbreak and Rage.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "maria3" on June 16, 2003
Although this book is a memoir, it reads more like an excellent novel. Gordon Neufeld was an intelligent, caring young man who sought relief from the ache of low self-esteem and the longing for a deep love relationship. He was lured into accepting an offer of a free dinner, then cornered into one activity after another, each designed to indoctrinate unsuspecting young men and women into the "Moonies". Even his ability to question the validity of Moon's doctrine was insufficient protection from the devices of the cult. His is a story of good intentions that were so manipulated and exploited that his kindness effectively became his undoing, as he was forced to the extremes of servitude while Moon lived in luxury. Neufeld effectively de-mystifies how a bright young man could be transformed into a cult-minded cog in a very warped machine. So insidious was his indoctrination that I, for one, am greatly relieved that I never had the misfortune of meeting up with the "Moonies", since any young man or woman-- especially one who is seeking truth and meaning-- would be vulnerable to their lies.
I highly recommend this book to all those who are concerned with educating themselves or others about cult indoctrination; knowing cult methods would certainly be useful to those who wish to protect themselves from such "innocent" devices as casual dinners and invitations to lectures. I also recommend it as engaging reading for anyone who enjoys a novel, as there is a surprising love story entwined with a fast-paced account of his nearly constant travels, and the engrossing narrative of his internal struggle. Neufeld is a gifted writer with a past well worth reading.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Aquala on January 24, 2008
As a Moonie myself for 14 years, from 1971 until 1985, I can vouch for the honesty and accuracy of Gordon's account of life in the Moonies. I found his account gripping and it brought up many memories for me, both good and bad. I came to believe that Moon is a charlatan, and represents an idea of God that is not one that I would want to worship. I still believe, however that everybody has a right to follow whatever religious belief they like regardless of how bizarre. My own years in the Moonies taught me many soul and life lessons and I would not have it any other way.

Thank you gordon for a very well written and honest account, which can only add to the sum of our understanding of human life and humanity's varied search for connection to spirit.

caroline aquala.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2002
If you've ever wondered how a person gets caught up in a cult, if you've ever thought it couldn't happen to you, Heartbreak and Rage takes you along on the journey. Rather than being a dissertation after the fact, this memoir is the journey into a cult and back out again, in 'real time'. As I read I found myself caught up in the exhaustion, the uncertainty, the relentless pace that the author lived during those years. The story unfolds without telegraphing the future, and though intellectually we know the author frees himself from the cult (as he wrote the book), emotionally the memoir takes you deep into the experience, where his escape seems unlikely. The details in the memoir are stunning, the interiors of Moonie landscapes (from converted barns, to New York Hotels) across America and even to the U.K., to insider information of the cult itself, and the emotional experience of the author. Did you ever wonder what happens to the couples you saw on news stories in the mass weddings arranged by Sun Myung Moon? The author deals honestly with his experience with his arranged "wife". A fascinating book, well written, and well worth reading.
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