Author: Gordon Neufeld
ISBN 978-1-949756-55-5 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-949756-66-1 (eBook)
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 participation in all of these events in a powerful and engrossing, yet sometimes wistful and tender, memoir. Even when he was rejected by the woman Moon chose for his bride, and by the church to which he was dedicated, he refused to give up. This is an unforgettable story of persistence, devotion, love and loss.
Now, in this new second edition of his memoir, Neufeld brings the reader up to date, by recounting the wonderful life and love he has found following publication of the first edition. Though the first edition ends on a pensive, yet slightly sad note, the second edition is much more reassuring, showing that even the most difficult circumstances, once endured, can lead to a life of creative fire and redeeming love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K. Gordon Neufeld is the author of "Cult Fiction: One Writer's Creative Journey Through an Extreme Religion" (Virtualbookworm Publishing, 2014); and "Prophet and Loss: Stories of Extreme Beliefs" (Virtualbookworm Publishing, 2018). He is the author of many newspaper articles, short stories and opinion pieces that have appeared in publications such as the Vancouver Sun, First Things magazine, as well as literary publications such as The Windsor Review, The Nashwaak Review, and Qwerty. A native of Calgary, Alberta, he attended the University of British Columbia, from which he received a Masters degree in Creative Writing. He is currently at work on a second collection of short stories as well as a novel He currently resides with his family in upstate New York.
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