to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

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Lisa Kohn’s 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.

To the Moon and Back

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Silver Medal Award

2019 Shortlist


2018 INDIES Book of the Year


13th Annual Finalist


Honorable Mention


2019 Finalist

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Lisa Kohn
Writes

Lisa’s long-running blog offers hope and joy to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances.
Lisa shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

to the moon
and back

Told with spirited candor,
to the moon and back reveals
how one can leave behind
absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. This is the fascinating tale of a story rarely told in its full complexity.

Coaching, Consulting, & Speaking

As a Chatsworth Consulting Group Partner, Lisa focuses on leadership consulting and executive coaching, spending time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting approaches to life and business.

Lisa Kohn Writes

As a former cult kid…

A dear Second Gen (those of us born and/or raised in an extremist group or cult) friend and I were texting. I don’t remember about what. What I do remember is her response at one point. “As a former cult kid…” her text reply started. It hit me hard. I’ve been out of...
Today I’m focusing on fun and joy

Today I’m focusing on fun and joy

As we all know, my drive and perfectionism are wonky. Yes, these coping mechanisms were carved into my brain. Intentionally carved into my brain. Yes, they saved my life back then in so many ways. Yes, they have taken me far and are a huge part of who I am and,...

Am I allowed to do that????

Am I allowed to do that????

Sometimes when I meet Second Gens (those of us born and/or raised in an extremist environment) from my cult, they ask me, “Why are you so healthy and whole? “I’ve been at this healing thing since before you were born,” I invariably reply. “It’s been a long, long...

Speak the truth with a clear voice

Speak the truth with a clear voice

There is a church song that has been going through my head, pretty much nonstop. I mentioned this to a Second Gen friend of mine in a text chain. Her response was quick. “Nauseous” The song that is playing inside me? “I’ll never leave you anymore.” As I have written...

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4 days ago
Sometimes it's hard not to worry.

And sometimes we're just wired to worry. And that, believe it or not, we eventually have a choice about.

I'm going to worry less. I'm even going to worry less about worrying less.

How about you?

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I’ve been out of my cult for decades. I am aware of how much I was affected.

But it never fully dawned on me that my first response is as a former cult kid.

My latest blog post - As a former cult kid... - https://t.co/D0u9SgjVOz

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When there are no yellow birds I let the universe know what else will bring me joy

One thing is elephants (kinda a joke with my older kid - who brings me ultimate joy)

Look closely into this window and see what the universe gave me

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