Cannonball Read V: Book #16/52
Natalie grew up in the Children of God cult. It’s also been known as “The Family” and currently as “The Family International”. I’d heard of the cult, but knew virtually nothing about it before reading this book. I was completely shocked at how sick the leaders and some of the people in this cult are and I’m surprised that it doesn’t get more attention than it does.
Natalie was born into the cult, her parents having joined as young adults. Although they are from France originally, Natalie’s family spends most of their life moving from compound to compound in various countries in Asia and off the coast of Africa. The compounds usually consisted of a few other Children of God members and their families who made a living by trying to get locals to buy their self-produced videos and books that were hopefully to be used as recruitment tools. As a result, they were often very poor and the kids often struggled to even have food.