Born into the Children of God
New York Times non-fiction e-book Bestseller, 20th December 2015.
In the closed world of The Children of God, Natacha was brainwashed to believe she had a special destiny – that she was part of an elite children’s army bestowed with superpowers that would one day save the world from the Anti-Christ.
With no money, no power and no access to education, Natacha and her siblings were malnourished, beaten on a daily basis and forced to sing and dance for entertainment in prisons and beg for money on the streets. Natacha never expected to live to adulthood.
At the age of 18 Natacha escaped, but quickly found herself hurtling through a world she had no understanding of. Alone and grappling to come to terms with an unbelievable sense of betrayal, she was confused and unable to feel part of either way of life.
All Natacha ever wanted was to feel normal, but escaping the cult was only the beginning. Shocking, moving, but ultimately inspiring, this is her full remarkable story; it is both a personal tale of trauma and recovery, and an exposé of the secret world of abuse hidden behind commune walls.