Not Without My Sister

The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed

By Celeste Jones; Kristina Jones; Juliana Buhring
(Harper Element, Paperback, 9780007248070, 416pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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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.




About the Author


We are Kristina and Heather from the beautiful Flathead Valley, Montana. We were born and raised in this little piece of paradise and living the Montana dream. Kristina grew up on a farm with her family and an assortment of animals. Heather grew up in the woods on her father's logging job. Even with the different lifestyles, we have been best of friends and cousins since before we could walk. With the difference in lifestyles growing up, we have both learned and enjoyed many different activities that Montana offers. Also, we have learned to enjoy many of these activities year round with our redneck upbringing. Both of us have a daring, slightly redneck, wild side which seems to make some entertaining stories and learning experiences we look forward to sharing with you. We don't tend to follow the main road, we cut new trail where ever we go, some with more bumps in the road than others. Live and learn and enjoy every minute!

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