Sins of the Father
The Long Shadow of a Religous Cult
Subject: Non-fiction, General
Phil Cooper was 11 years old when he began to understand that his father meant to bend him to his will.’
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.
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.