Sins of the Father: The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult

Sins of the Father The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult Charismatic driven and self righteous Neville Cooper set up his own brand of Christian utopia on earth a reclusive community on the West Coast of New Zealand For the inhabitants of Gloriavale h
  • Title: Sins of the Father: The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult
  • Author: Fleur Beale
  • ISBN: 9781877460302
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sins of the Father: The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult
    Charismatic, driven and self righteous, Neville Cooper set up his own brand of Christian utopia on earth a reclusive community on the West Coast of New Zealand For the 400 inhabitants of Gloriavale, his word is law despite his 1995 conviction for sexual abuse.His son Phil Cooper, as headstrong as his father, had to escape But Phil s wife Sandy was bound to the will ofCharismatic, driven and self righteous, Neville Cooper set up his own brand of Christian utopia on earth a reclusive community on the West Coast of New Zealand For the 400 inhabitants of Gloriavale, his word is law despite his 1995 conviction for sexual abuse.His son Phil Cooper, as headstrong as his father, had to escape But Phil s wife Sandy was bound to the will of Neville and his brand of eternal salvation And so began the monumental tug of war between father and son a son who wanted to give his children a chance in the world.This is a true story of power and control, of abductions and night raids, of hearts broken and those trying to mend It s also the story of the long shadow cast by the unyielding vision of one man, and the hope and resolve of one family to restore its shattered past.
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  • Fleur Beale

    Fleur Beale is the author of many award winning books for children and young adults, best known for her novel I am not Esther which has been published worldwide.Beale was one of six children of a dairy farmer Cedric Corney and of a teacher and author Estelle Corney n e Cook She was born in Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand, on the farm where her father was born Beale grew up in the town before attending Victoria University, Wellington and Christchurch Teachers Training College, where she met her husband Since 1985 she has taught at Melville High School in Hamilton, Waikato and in Wellington Beale s first stories were written for the children s radio programme Grandpa s Place Her first book was a small reader and picture book for young children and she started to write for teenagers in 1993 Her stories often involve troubled adolescents engaged in outdoor activities.Beale was a finalist in the Aim Children s Book Awards junior fiction and her 1998 novel I am not Esther was shortlisted for the senior fiction section of the 1999 New Zealand Post Children s Awards In 1999 she was awarded the Children s Writing Fellowship at Dunedin College of Education and quit teaching to write full time Her 2001 novel Ambushed was a finalist for the Junior Fiction section of the 2002 New Zealand Post Children s Book Awards Her 2004 account of how an indigenous girl discovers how her education can save her tribal lands My Story A New Song in the Land The Writings of Atapo, Pahia, c.1840 received a Notable Book award in 2005 as did Walking Lightly.

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  • With Sins of the Father, Fleur Beale paints an emotionally gripping and incredibly enlightening picture of the difficulty of leaving such an isolated community and the pain of leaving loved ones behind.An excellent resource for anyone who wonders why people in cults and other close, pressured social groups or organizations don t just leave and how they could possibly go back once they are out.Reading this book was a very personal experience for me, as I was born in a cult modelled very much on N [...]


  • Interesting read I m quite fascinated with the idea of religion as a non religious person myself , and the idea of a cult like community living in New Zealand really intrigues me It was definitely interesting to read about the community s beginnings through the eyes of Phil Cooper the son of the founder , and I think it was a accurate portrayal than that of the TV documentaries, as, though those are educational and entertaining, they show a very tame view on the negative areas of Gloriavale i.e [...]


  • The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult is the by line This refers to the influence that the Gloriavale commune under the leadership of Neville Cooper has on its members and particularly on the family members of Cooper himself as they have sought to separate themselves from the sect The reach and the influence of the Cooperites is very powerful and he level of control over the people is disturbing I am sure there are many wonderful things being done by and at Gloriavale but the disregard for human f [...]


  • This was such a great topical read With Gloriavale currently in the media for all the bad things it does it was nice to get the background of it and to get an in depth look I love to read about cults, I find them so fascinating so this was obviously gonna be a hit with me Having read Fleur Beale s 2 fiction books about a cult I knew she would do Phil Cooper s story justice and she definitely has Well recommended if you want to read a true story about a cult.



  • An incredibly truthful and non sensationalised view of the struggle to remove oneself and ones family from a cult It shares the moral viewpoint of the escapee and his family and is very honest about the very real and difficult struggles to be free and to choose ones own path and the incredibly painful decisions that often felt like the wrong thing The cults leader was the father and grandfather of the authors It shares examples of conditional and unconditional love plus support from some tremend [...]



  • Fascinating and scary insight into the origins of the closed conservative Christian cult that lives at Gloriavale, their compound in a remote part of the South Island, New Zealand The book delves into the ongoing traumatic effects attempts to leave have had on the children grandchildren of the cult s leader.I understood there had been some untoward goings on by their leader, Neville Cooper Hopeful Christian and that he was a convicted paedophile I did not, however, realise he served a pathetic 1 [...]


  • I was compelled to read this book after watching a television documentary on the Gloriavale community in New Zealand I had been disturbed by what I d seen, and was keen to gain a deeper understanding of the people living in this community, and how it came to be Unfortunately, the book did not meet my expectations.Although the content of Sins of the Father was interesting enough to hold my attention, I did not find myself connected to either the narrator or the people in the story I couldn t stop [...]


  • Both a story of tragedy and a story of overcoming a massive bad start It s the true story of the son of the leader of a New Zealand cult which I believe is still in existence As a grown man with 5 or was it 6 children, he decides to get out, rather sadly his wife is so indoctrinated she stays This is the story both of how he got his children out and how they learned to deal with life in the outside world The cult imposed everything from a uniform for both men and women to basically not being abl [...]


  • I think the trouble with this book is that the author has tried so hard to include the memories and beliefs of everyone she worked with that it ends up feeling a little stilted It s interesting, because Beale is very careful not to make any judgements herself, although it s quite obvious that some of the people she s talking about see things differently I have to admit that I probably would have enjoyed this if I had found it easier to like Phil Although his upbringing has obviously influenced [...]


  • An interesting read as I had some prior knowledge of the existence of this community but didn t know details This book provided them and was easy to read although I found the writing style a little strange, it was kind of half factual details being listed about someone and half engaging storytelling from inside that person s experience It did well at showing just how impossible a situation people can be in when choosing to leave, and how indoctrination can be so effective at holding people in.Th [...]


  • Heartbreaking and hopeful The story of a man who took his kids and left behind the religious community where he had been raised by his father, the founder of the community leaving his wife, despite repeated attempts to get her to make a life with them outside the community An unfinished story of inspiring courage, simply and effectively told.


  • Interesting story albeit the writing was extremely simple and at times slightly annoying Upon further reflection, I believe that a complicated writing style would of overshadowed the story I would like to believe that the author kept it simple so the reader was able to fully grasp the seriousness of the story of this remarkable family.


  • I was looking for the nitty gritty of the cooperrites I live in the district and the cooperrites are quite the topic of conversation I was slightly dissappointed that the down and dirty of this cult was merely skimmed over and it was the plight of an escaped family and their ordeals overcoming the sect and making a life for themselves.


  • Awesome book Great inside to Gloriavale Christian community and the mind of someone in a cult under a person like a dictator Extremely interesting especially about traits passed on through family neville to Phil


  • This was a really interesting read I hadn t really heard about this whole Gloriavale business, but after having just read Fleur Beale s YA fiction book I Am Not Esther , the similarities made me want to read this It s even fascinating because it s true.


  • Wow this stuff goes on in NZ It s an amazing story of one man giving his children the right to freedom of choice It s amazing how precious that is when you look at the set up of this and no doubt many similar cults and how they prey on the week minded.


  • I have a vague feeling that i have read this book before, but it must have been a while ago or it was another book by someone else similarly involved in the Cooperite sect , because there were some moments that were absolutely jaw dropping in their appalingness Yikes.




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