In The Shadow Of The Moons: My Life In The Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family. by Nansook Hong Little, Brown & Co. Boston, New York, Toronto & London. Nansook Hong. In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon ‘s Family. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, pp. $ Synopsis: Hong, who arrived in the U.S. from Seoul as a year-old bride handpicked by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon for his son, shares her story of 14 .

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The following excerpted paragraph summarizes Nansook’s report of her husband Hyojin’s behavior: No one lived her belief in forgiveness more openly than I.

Nansook Hong

Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he left me for another woman weeks after our wedding? Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he gave me herpes? Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he mons up with prostitutes?

Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars that had been intended for our children’s futures?

Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he beat me and spat upon me?


In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family

Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he abandoned me and our children for a life of drug and alcohol abuse? Hadn’t I forgiven Hyo Jin when he took a lover on the day I brought our newborn son home from the hospital? Hyo Jin insisted we have sex.

I begged him to wait until the night – True Parents oc us to be ready to leave within the hour – but he would not be put off. I did not want to be naked in front of him. I slipped into bed to remove my clothes, a practice I would continue for the next 14 years. I had read the books my mother gave me, but I was totally unprepared for the shock of sexual intercourse. When Hyo Jin got on top of me, I did not know what to expect.

He was very rough, excited at the prospect of tne a virgin. He told me what to do, what to touch. I just followed his directions.

When he entered me, it was all I could do shadoa to cry out in pain. It did not take very long for him to finish, but for hours afterwards, my insides burned with pain. I began to cry, from pain, from exhaustion, from shame.


I felt we were wrong not to wait.

In Brief: “In the Shadow of the Moons”

Hyo Jin kept trying to shush me. Didn’t I enjoy it? It was very “ouchy”, I told him, using a little girl’s word for a woman’s pain.

He said he’d never heard that reaction before, confirming all the rumors I had heard in Korea. Hyo Jin had tthe many lovers.

I was shocked and hurt that he would confess his sin in such a callous and cavalier manner.

I wept even harder, until his sharp tone and angry rebuke forced me to dry my tears. At least I now knew what sex was and who my husband was.

It was horrible; he was no better. To find out more about In the Shadow of the Moons: This book can also be ordered from Amazon. Go to the Unificationism front page.

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