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In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family Hardcover – September 2, 1998

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Hong was handpicked by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon as wife of his eldest son, but it was no honeymoon. Hyo Jin was a womanizer and drug addict whose lapses were blamed on Hong. Having finally escaped the Moons with her children, she's free to tell her story.
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Hong is a graduate of Barnard College --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (September 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316348163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316348164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nansook Hong's is a compelling account of her life as the longsuffering wife of Hyo Jin Moon, Reverend Sun Myung Moon's eldest son. The book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the psychology of religion, or in the plight of batterred women. Don't be put off by negative reviews from members of Reverend Moon's Unification Church. As a former Unificationist myself, I especially recommend this book to anyone who is connected with the Unification movement in any way. Those of us who have witnessed the violent outbursts of certain members of the Moon family firsthand will have no trouble in recognizing the truth of Nansook's account. The Unification Church is not an entirely evil organization, but it has more than its share of problems, and it has been sweeping them under the carpet for far too long. I hope that Nansook's book will open the members' eyes and help bring about much-needed changes. Nansook has been greatly wronged by Reverend Moon and his movement. I hope that they will be big enough to concede as much. I was sickened by the hostile campaign launched against Nansook by the church following her departure, but I understand that this ill-advised campaign had apparently not been approved by Reverend Moon himself. I like to think that Reverend Moon is a sincere man, even if his theology is unsound. I congratulate Nansook on her escape and on her willingness to tell the truth, and I wish her well in her new life.
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Born and raised in the Unification Church, those of us whom have left to seek a higher level of existance can relate to the trauma of leaving a religious cult. Those on the outside can finally begin to understand the ties that bind in such misuses of faith. Ms. Hong's account is both believable and horrifying, in that she accurately relates events of her fourteen years of dedication to a monster of an abusive husband and father and mother-in law, and bares her soul to all in a noble effort to dispell the mask this family hides behind. Some may view her as a greedy, vengeful woman, looking for some means to get back at the Moons for their terrible abuse, but as an insider, I say bravo for her courage, something so many ex-members have not been able to muster. I only hope that this will be the beginning of a passage out of darkness for so many members of the Unification Church, who, in their blind faith to the Moon family, have lost so much of themselves along the way. For all those who have been wavering on the fringes of the church, too afraid to leave, but too confused to stay, may this be the push they need to find help and break away. Ms. Hong has an important message for anyone who yearns to understand more about this opulent family, claiming to be the messiah. She is neither vindictive, nor greedy. Ms. Hong tells the TRUTH behind all this betrayal, something the members THOUGHT they had found all along.
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Nansook Hong's insider account of life under the same roof as Sun Myung Moon and his wife and children reveals the magnitude of the fraud perpetrated by Moon, who teaches his followers to remain totally abstinent until they are married by him. Even after marriage they must often endure additional waiting periods, undergo a bizarre sexual ritual (the "3-Day Ceremony") and put up with lengthy separations from their spouses, all at the express commandment of Sun Myung Moon. They regard these deprivations as virtuous and a necessary part of building the Kingdom of Heaven. But, as Nansook Hong reveals in this devastating tell-all account, Sun Myung Moon does not live up to his own teachings. He has frequent affairs, which he rationalizes as "providential", that is, mandated by God. He tolerates the same behavior in his children and merely seeks to conceal it from public knowledge. He forbids his followers from using drugs, yet turns a blind eye to his own children's drug abuse. He frequently visits gambling casinos in Las Vegas and claims that somehow by doing so he is spiritually elevating the other gamblers. Nansook Hong's brave book tears away the facade and reveals the rot at the core.
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I never joined, but I was in the Unification Church for 5 months in 1979. I met many fine, intelligent and idealistic people. The theology was fascinating and seemed "modern" to me -- at first. As Nansook Hong writes, Mr. Moon and his minions took full advantage of the idealism and youthful energy of the young people they targeted for their movement -- who were fundraising fodder for a fake Messiah.
Hong's book is an excellent expose of this deeply flawed cult and its leaders. I read most of it in one day, it was so engrossing.
The chronicle of her spiritual and marital struggle very aptly illustrates the adage, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
The book gives many personal examples of how women are denigrated in this church. I heard Reverend Park, in Berkeley, California, address a small group. He laughed derisively at one young man and said he was "like a woman". That angered me -- one incident that led me to leave the cult.
Thank you, Nansook, for the book. I'm certain your story will inspire many in their quest for spiritual freedom and personal integrity.
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