Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted

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The bestselling, devastating account of three sisters torn apart, abused and exploited at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. It reveals three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage.

From as early as three years old, Juliana, Celeste and Kristina were treated as sexual beings by their 'guardians' in the infamous religious cult known as the Children of God. They were made to watch and mimic orgies, received love letters and sexual advances from men old enough to be their grandfather, and were forced into abusive relationships. They were denied access to formal schooling, had to wander the streets begging for money, and were mercilessly beaten for 'crimes' as unpredictable as reading an encyclopaedia.

Finally, unable to live with the guilt of what had happened to her children, their mother escaped with Kristina, cutting herself off from her remaining children in a bid to save at least one child. Desperate to save her sisters, Kristina eventually returned to the place of her torture to free Celeste. Years later, Juliana found the courage to escape, knowing that the child she was carrying would be subjected to the same fate if she did not.

Now the three sisters have finally come together to reveal in full and horrific detail their existence within the Children of God cult. Their stories reveal a community spread throughout the world and its legacy of anorexia, depression, drug abuse, suicide and even murder. Lives are ripped apart and painstakingly mended with a shared strength that finally enabled the sisters to free themselves from the shadows of their past.

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Kristina, Celeste and Julianna were all born into the cult The Children of God to the same father, David Jones, who remains a member of the organisation. Kristina and Celeste share the same mother. The three girls were separated from each other and their mothers at an early age and lived in various missions throughout the world under the ‘care’ of various foster parents.

Both Kristina and Celeste were eventually able to escape the cult and study psychology at university. Julianna remained in the cult until well into her twenties, when falling pregnant provided the catalyst to make her escape. Julianna now works in Uganda, where she remains in contact with her remaining siblings in the cult.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Dec 13, 2012
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9780007369829
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Family & Relationships / Abuse / General
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
Religion / Cults
Social Science / Sexual Abuse & Harassment
Social Science / Sociology of Religion
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Juliana Buhring
Joe Peters
Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child abuse.

Joe was just five years old and the horrific scene literally struck him dumb. He didn't speak for four and a half years, which meant he was unable to ask anyone for help as his life turned into a living hell.

His schizophrenic mother and two of his older brothers spent the following years beating him, raping him and locking him in the cellar at the family home. Fed on scraps that he was forced to lick from the floor, he was sometimes left naked in the dark for three days without human contact.

Unable to read or write, all Joe could do to communicate his suffering was draw pictures.

The violence and sexual abuse grew in severity as more people, including his stepfather, were invited to use him in any way they chose.

The only thing that saved Joe was the kindness of his elder brother and his only school friend, both of whom showed him that love was possible even in the darkest of situations.

At fourteen he finally found the courage to run away, hiding in a hut by a railway line, fed on scraps by some local children who found him.

Joe's is the ultimate insider's story, casting light into the darkest of hidden worlds, and a truly inspirational account of how one small boy found the strength to overcome almost impossible odds and become a remarkable man. Now that he has found his voice again, Joe speaks out against child abuse and helps support and protect other children whose lives have been blighted by it.

Juliana Buhring
Celeste Jones
After a cataclysmic earthquake destroys the campus of her small women’s college and everything in the surrounding area—and possibly much of the world—Lara is left wandering the woods in search of food, shelter, and other survivors. When she spends the night in a barn to escape the cold, however, she is surprised to be awoken by a tall, handsome Amish man. 

When he startles Lara and she makes a run for it, Caleb Miller takes it upon himself to chase the frightened girl down and make sure she is provided with a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. But Lara is unlike any woman Caleb has ever set eyes on, and in spite of the circumstances, every moment they spend together leaves him more certain that she is meant to be his wife. 

Though she is shocked when Caleb asks her to be his bride, Lara cannot deny her excitement at the thought of sharing his bed. But after accepting his proposal, she quickly discovers that his approach to wifely discipline is quite traditional indeed, and it isn’t long before she finds herself over his knee for a sound spanking on her bare bottom. 

The stern chastisement leaves Lara’s cheeks blushing and her backside burning, yet it also arouses her deeply, and when her new husband takes her in his arms and makes her his own it is more pleasurable than she ever imagined. But will her body’s response to Caleb’s firm-handed dominance be enough to leave her in no doubt that she belongs with an old-fashioned man? 

Publisher’s Note: An Old-Fashioned Man includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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