The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

23 | Growing Up In the Moonie Cult: Dysfunctional Family Recovery - with Lisa Kohn

Episode Summary

Lisa Kohn is a writer and author who was born in New Jersey, and grew up in the East Village of New York. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband of nearly twenty years and her two beautiful children. Lisa’s recent book, “To The Moon And Back: A Childhood Under the Influence” is a memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s. She now owns a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm and spend much of her time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting her ideas and approaches to life and to business. Lisa has been featured on Business Insider, Megyn Kelly Today, Daily Mail, Thrive Global, Marie Claire and more!

Episode Notes

Lisa Kohn is a writer and author who was born in New Jersey, and grew up in the East Village of New York. She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband of nearly twenty years and her two beautiful children. Lisa’s recent book, “To The Moon And Back: A Childhood Under the Influence” is a memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s.

She now owns a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm and spend much of her time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting her ideas and approaches to life and to business. Lisa has been featured on Business Insider, Megyn Kelly Today, Daily Mail, Thrive Global, Marie Claire and more!

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Show Notes:

2:19 - Lisa's book: “To The Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence”

3:15 - Lisa describes the foundations of her childhood

12:00 - Taking care of her family at a young age + her grandfather’s depression and how that affected her life

14:35 - Moving in with Danny (her father)

16:25 - Lisa describes the beliefs of the Unification Church and why the “Moonies" are considered a cult

22:19 - Why Lisa left the Moonies and where the abusive behavior was hidden

28:57 - Lisa describes her suicide attempt, eating disorder and substance abuse struggles in college

33:00 - Lisa’s relationship with her mom now

40:30 - Lisa’s relationship with her dad now

44:05 - Joining Al-Anon and the reasons that got her there

50:43 - Describing her recovery and her now husband and children

54:18 - Why Lisa feels Al-Anon saved her

Buy Lisa’s book at the following places:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Back-Childhood-Under-Influence-ebook/dp/B07DWV6861/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538151436&sr=8-1&keywords=to+the+moon+and+back+lisa+kohn

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-the-moon-and-back-lisa-kohn/1129113996?ean=9781942762447

Books A Million:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Moon-Back/Lisa-Kohn/9781942762447?id=7336534269186

Indie Bound:

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781942762447

Contact Lisa:

Website: www.lisakohnwrites.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisakohnwrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaKohnWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisakohnwrites