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Encyclopedia > In the Shadow of the Moons
In the Shadow of the Moons
Hardcover Edition
Book cover, Hardcover ed.
Author Nansook Hong
Country Canada
Language English
Subject(s) religion
Genre(s) non-fiction
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Released September 2, 1998
Media type Hardcover
Pages 240
ISBN ISBN 0316348163
ISBN 978-0316348164

In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Family is a 1998, non-fiction work by Nansook Hong, published by Little, Brown and Company. The book is cited by six other books relating to cults and new religious movements.[1] New Yorker Magazine called what is revealed in the book Sun Myung Moon's "most damaging scandal", and categorized the book as a "tell-all memoir".[2] Nansook Hong (born 1966), was hand-picked by Sun Myung Moon to be the wife of Hyo Jin Moon, his first son by his current wife Hakja Han Moon, and heir-apparent at the time. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. ... Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. ... Nansook Hong (born 1966), was hand-picked by Sun Myung Moon to be the wife of Hyo Jin Moon, his first son by his current wife Hakja Han Moon, and heir-apparent at the time. ... Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. ... This article is becoming very long. ... A new religious movement or NRM is a religious, ethical, or spiritual grouping of fairly recent origin which is not part of an established religion and has not yet become recognised as a standard denomination, church, or religious body. ... The New Yorkers first cover, which is reprinted each year on the magazines anniversary. ...


The book has also been published in German, in 1998,[3] and in French, in 2000.[4]


In the copyright, Hong wrote that the book was dedicated: "For my children".

Contents

Background

Nansook Hong was chosen by Reverend Sun Myung Moon to be the wife of his eldest son, Hyo Jin Moon. According to Hong, Hyo Jin abused drugs and was a womanizer. His drug lapses were blamed on Hong. Bringing her children with her, Hong left the Unification Church and Hyo Jin, and recounts her experiences in In the Shadow of the Moons.[5] Hong's older brother, along with one of Sun Myung Moon's daughters to whom he is married - as well as Hong's parents - had all left the Unification Church prior to Hong.[6] Sun Myung Moon in 2005. ... Hyo Jin Moon is a musician and multimedia executive producer. ... The Unification Church is a new religious movement started by Sun Myung Moon in Korea in the 1940s. ...


Hong recounted some of the material described in her book, in an interview by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes, in September 1998.[7] According to an article in the New York Post, Hong stated that "she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from her husband and was "a toy for his sexual pleasure or an outlet for his violent rages." She also reports she saw the elder Moon abusing his children."[8] Mike Wallace can refer to: Mike Wallace, the long-time television correspondent for CBS. Mike Wallace, the historian. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest[] newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ...


In October 1998, Hong participated in an online interview hosted by TIME Magazine, in which she stated: "Rev. Moon has been proclaiming that he has established his ideal family, and fulfilled his mission, and when I pinpointed that his family is just as dysfunctional as any other family - or more than most - then I think his theology falls apart."[9] (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


In May 1999, Hong presented a talk on her book at the International Cultic Studies Association Conference: Cults, Psychological Manipulation & Society.[10] 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is: ... an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ...


Reviews

The Consortium

Robert Parry reviewed the book, and wrote that "it adds first-person evidence that Rev. Moon has flouted U.S. currency laws through a long-running conspiracy to smuggle cash into the United States or to lie to customs agents about where the cash is going."[11] Robert Parry is an American investigative journalist who has written extensively about the Iran-Contra scandal. ...

Cultic Studies Journal

In her review of the book, Marcia Rudin wrote that due to Nansook Hong's position within the Moon family, her story cannot simply be dismissed by cult apologists as an atrocity tale. Rudin went on to state that: "The compelling credibility of this book demands that Nansook's story be paid attention to. Many Unification Church members are paying it attention, for, according to Nansook and others, the first-hand testimony delivered through this book has already caused many Unification Church members to leave the group."[12] A cult apologist is a term to describe a scholar of cults and/or new religious movements perceived as responding to the movements they study with advocacy instead of with neutral scholarship. ...

Spirit Watch

Rafael Martinez, Director, Spiritwatch Ministries writes that the book is a "...painfully honest and personal reflection of her life as a bride to Hyo Jin, Moon's eldest son...",[13] and goes on to comment that: "The Moons, as she recounted, made no attempt to ever intervene or confront him, and instead heaped abuse and blame on her for Hyo Jin's own personal irresponsibility and wickedness."[13]

Unification Church member

In his review, Eugene Curtin - a journalist and member of the Unification Church, wrote: " While it frequently lapses into stale and questionable criticism of church practices and motivations, and while some of it seems to have been written by the anti-cult crowd that is currently holding her hand, this indictment of the church and the family that personifies it screams for a response."[14] Curtin recounts highlights of Hong's description of abuses and failures, and concludes with: " In these pages perhaps lie the seeds of a new Unificationism, one which abandons the idolatry of the True Family and pursues instead the building of loving, God-centered families."[14] and "It may well be, however, that like a butterfly discarding its chrysalis, Unificationism will have to join Hong and break from the True Family if it wishes to fly."[14] This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Book covers

See also

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References

  1. ^ The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions, Dr. Ron Rhodes, p. 195; Twisted Scriptures, Mary Alice Chrnalogar; Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' , Robert Parry, p. 291; The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold, Robert V. Levine; Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements, Dr. H. Wayne House; Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today, Don Lattin, p. 203.
  2. ^ Moon At Twilight: Amid scandal, the Unification Church has a strange new mission, Peter Maass New Yorker Magazine, September 14, 1998.

    The most damaging scandal involves Hyo Jin, Moon's eldest son by his current wife and onetime heir apparent. In 1995, Hyo Jin's wife, Nansook Hong, fled the family compound in Irvington, New York, taking her five children, and subsequently filed for divorce and for a restraining order against Hyo Jin. In affidavits, she outlined a tale of drug use and spousal abuse by Hyo Jin, accusing him of "secreting himself in the master bedroom, sometimes for hours, sometimes for days, drinking alcohol, using cocaine and watching pornographic films." She said he beat her repeatedly, even when she was pregnant. Hyo Jin, through his lawyer, denies Nansook's accusations. Hyo Jin was jailed for a few months after failing to obey a court order to pay sixty-five thousand dollars toward Hong's legal fees. At the end of 1997, Hyo Jin and Nansook reached a divorce agreement, in which she was granted full custody of their children. The New Yorkers first cover, which is reprinted each year on the magazines anniversary. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...

  3. ^ Hong, Nansook: Ich schaue nicht zurück: Moons Schwiegertochter berichtet. , Bastei Lübbe, 2000, ISBN 3-404-61446-1.
  4. ^ L'Ombre de Moon, French edition, September 1998, ISBN 2-86391-883-4.
  5. ^ Review, In the Shadow of the Moons, Library Journal, 1998, Reed Business Information, Inc.
  6. ^ The Reveal Library, Review, 1998, Kim Krecek.
  7. ^ Nansook Hong, interviewed by Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes, September 20, 1998, [1], [2]
  8. ^ "Double Trouble for Moon Empire", New York Post, August 17, 1998.
  9. ^ Life with the Moons: A conversation with Nansook Hong, former daughter-in-law of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, TIME Magazine, October 13, 1998.
  10. ^ Conference Speakers, May 14-16, 1999, Minneapolis, Minnesota, International Cultic Studies Association, Cults, Psychological Manipulation & Society.
  11. ^ Review, Robert Parry, The Consortium, October 1, 1998.
  12. ^ Book Review, Marcia Rudin, Cultic Studies Journal, Volume 16, Number 1, 1999.
  13. ^ a b The True Family's Real Values, Rafael Martinez, Director, Spiritwatch Ministries.
  14. ^ a b c Review, Eugene Curtin, journalist and member of Unification Church.

2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bold textReed Business Information is the largest business publisher in the United States and a division of Reed Elsevier. ... Mike Wallace can refer to: Mike Wallace, the long-time television correspondent for CBS. Mike Wallace, the historian. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant (French: Lets go!) Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is: ... an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ... Robert Parry is an American investigative journalist who has written extensively about the Iran-Contra scandal. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Cultic Studies Review: An Internet Journal of Research, News & Opinion is the successor to the academic journal the Cultic Studies Journal. ...

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Excerpts
Book reviews
  • The Reveal Library, Kim Krecek
  • Review, Marcia Rudin, Cultic Studies Journal
  • Review, Robert Parry, The Consortium
  • Review, Eugene Curtin, journalist and member of Unification Church

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