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Oxygen Book Club's December Pick Is An Inspiring Memoir About Leaving A Notorious Cult Behind

In Faith Jones' memoir "Sex Cult Nun," she reveals how education helped empower her to leave The Children Of God behind.

By Becca van Sambeck
‘Sex Cult Nun’ Author Faith Jones Tells Her Story of Emancipating From Her Grandfather’s Cult Previously Known As ‘The Children Of God’

The inner world of a cult is disturbing and shadowy one — especially the world of Children of God, a religious cult that's become infamous due to allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation. In Oxygen Book Club's December pick, readers learn exactly what it was like being part of The Children Of God.

Oxygen Book Club highlights books in the crime sphere each month and feature exclusive interviews, guided discussions, and more. For the month of December, we'll be reading "Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult," a memoir by Faith Jones.

Jones was raised within The Children Of God and was basically cult royalty — her grandfather founded the movement. In the memoir, which is both shocking and inspiring, Jones details a strange childhood growing up on a farm in Macau, where she had to pray for hours and endured disturbing punishments and sexual abuse. The memoir dives into the 23 years she spent growing up within the cult, and her slow escape from it: Hidden books eventually helped illuminate a path out for Jones, who managed to educate herself and eventually left to attend Georgetown University.

"Sex Cult" isn't just about horrific cult practices — it's also a story about grit, determination, the power of education, and escaping indoctrination. Read along with Oxygen Book Club, and keep an eye out for our video interviews with Faith Jones, as well as guided discussion questions. Happy reading!

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