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My best friend is a member of the Unification church and it was most difficult to understand the ways of her religion. My friends and I always have a habit of getting into heated discussions over many things; our most interesting topics usually revolve around religion. I was interested in learning about Sun Myung Moon to at least get a better understanding. It was difficult because I tend to disagree with a lot of his beliefs, most probably because of the ideologies I defend. I do not usually read non-fiction, but "As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen", has become a reason to explore more. After finishing the book, I still wasn't agreeing with a lot of the culture in Unification because a lot of it seems incredibly exaggerated to a point where I do not know what is true or false, but there are a variety of points in which the Reverend has me agreeing. He often contradicts a lot of what he says but it is clear he has good intentions. For a first try in reading non-fiction, I really enjoyed learning about "The Moonies" and I do recommend it to anyone interested in The Unification church and their leader, Sun Myung Moon.
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This is a must-read for anyone genuinely interested in peace-making. It is both practical and spiritual. I have read and re-read this book and will surely read it again. Each time I read it I find more jewels of wisdom and love from the life of Rev. Sun Myung Moon from his childhood to the present. He shares wonderful stories of experiencing God while being carried as a little boy on the back of his father, his passionate desire to feed the hungry (with substantial and innovative ways to do this) and loving as brothers the very people who tried to destroy him. The book is packed with real-life stories of principles of peace-making in action. Rev. Moon also tells about his experiences with Jesus that led him to live a life of sacrifice and devotion to God and to dedicate himself to building a world of peace. The book gives insight into the true heart of a man who has been hailed by many as controversial. It is touching and inspirational and once you start reading it, you may laugh and you may cry and you probably won't want to put the book down until you've finished it.
Who is Rev. Moon? Why did he create so much rumors? And received so much persecutions for so many years from the world. I was so much curious too. After reading his own autobiography, I was more clear to understand him and his projects and started to sympathetic to him and his projects. And started to find a way to help him. I do not want to believe anything from the rumors from rumors. There is only one truth that I believe if whatever you say bad things and good things from your own opinions, history will prove that with the results you created in your life time. Let's see how the history judge what he did on earth. If Reverend Moon sowed bad seed, it will be resulted in bad results. I am grateful to see so far what reverend did in this world from his autobiography in his life time. As an ordinary man like me I couldn't think and dream of what he has been doing in his life time for humanity. However I am not waiting for to history to judge him, I am willing to do something good thing to help and if I can. This is my sincere heart after reading Reverend Moon's autobiography. support him if I can with my small and humble effort.
This book was so easy to read. A story about how one with a dream to bring the peace that Jesus wished for with his death. I always wanted to know how succesful people endured through the tough times to get to the success they only speak about. This story details many trials in jail and betrayals and infinite heartache in his work to fulfill his dream. I like how many impossible trials came his way and showed how even going against a communist country he was able to fight through with God. Now the dreams I have that everyone told me for 30 years is not going to happen, I have the tools to fight through.
Reverend Sun Myung Moon is someone who is not easy for most people to understand. This book has helped immensely to see him more clearly, to get inside his head, to see the motivation for the way he has lived his life. I've been a Unificationist since 1975 and have found Rev. Moon's teachings to be incredibly positive and uplifting, as well as entirely consistent with the fundamental truth and spirit of the Bible, which I have also studied extensively.
Rev. Moon's autobiography begins with his childhood and moves forward in more or less chronological order. He describes his family, including his great-uncle who was a high-ranking freedom-fighter against the Japanese occupation and who had a profound impact on him. He gives a poignant view of his adventurous boyhood in an undeveloped yet unspoiled homeland. He would go out to the streams and woods by himself from morning till after dark, learning about birds, fish, insects, and developing a passionate love for the Creation. He became a Sunday School teacher at a young age after his family converted to Presbyterianism in the 1930s.
An intensely curious child became a deeply searching youth as he experienced the suffering of his people--hunger, lack of freedom, religious persecution from the occupation. At the age of twelve, he witnessed his great-grandfather's grave being opened and moved. He described his "shock and fear" at the sight of the white skeleton. He began his quest to understand the meaning of life, why people must die, and other ultimate questions.
He describes spiritual experiences that are difficult for most people in this modern world to believe.Read more ›
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