In The Shadow Of The Moons: My Life In The Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family. by Nansook Hong Little, Brown & Co. Boston, New York, Toronto & London. Nansook Hong. In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon ‘s Family. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, pp. $ Synopsis: Hong, who arrived in the U.S. from Seoul as a year-old bride handpicked by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon for his son, shares her story of 14 .

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I just followed his directions. Hong describes her life during those miserable 14 years as imprisonment; her only comfort being her five children that she bore all before the age of Everything about the man is a lie.

In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he left me for another woman weeks after our wedding? In her review of the book for Cultic Studies JournalMarcia Rudin said that due to Nansook Hong’s position within the Moon family, her story cannot simply be dismissed by cult apologists as an atrocity tale.

More importantly it traces the mentality of the poor author as she wakens to the reality of the religious lie she is living, and how, despite the generous monetary comforts, she Another fascinating look into living within, and surviving to escape- with children in tow, from a religious cult in America.


Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he took up with prostitutes? Addicted to cocaine and alcohol and women, and abusive. Time would prove that I was young, but not nearly passive enough. Derek rated it liked it Dec 23, A great passage in the book is found in the end when Nansook realizes her own responsibility for her own life and gains te courage to flee the life of a battered wife: I was shocked and hurt that he would confess his sin in such a callous and cavalier manner.

She was ‘summoned’ by Sun Myung Moon to marry his wayward son, at the tender age of But what of the miracles of Jesus? It’s a book reflecting back to one’s coming awareness of what is right or wrong which comes with it an awareness of the value of one’s self and of other selves.

Her children provided her only comfort in a life of loneliness and fear. Nobuyuki FukudaMorton A.

Charlie rated it really liked it Oct 04, Aug 17, Nikmaack rated it really liked it. He told me what to do, what to touch. It was just shadoe what I expected to hear, not a memorable book, but not badly written or anything either.

In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family by Nansook Hong

All of these facts are omitted in the book. Her story is harrowing, shocking, bizarre, and moving.

I, alone, am responsible for my actions and for the decisions I make. Interesting insider look at the “Moonies” Unification Church and its leaders. Abruptly uprooted from her life in Korea, Nansook moved to the Moon family’s opulent house not far from New York City and began her sophomore year in high school, speaking no English and concealing a marriage that could have brought charges of statutory rape.


The last book I read, “Unification Church” by J. All the same, it’s a fascinating read — more a historical document or testimony than a fully-fleshed memoir.

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As a young man recently exposed to the Unification Church and the idealistic point of view of the faith, I can only thank individuals like Nansook who I will now add to my list of heroes.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Still, well worth reading. At this time in my life, I decided to take a lo This was my first time reading an entire book that completely criticized the beliefs of my own religion. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Divine Principle Blessing ceremony of the Unification Church. I did not look back.