Free Maree: When Faith, Family and Freedom Collide
Maree Gauper, a unificationist and WFWP representative in Northern California, takes a stand against deprogramming in her powerful memoir, Free Maree: When Faith, Family and Freedom Collide.
Set in 1983, native-born New Zealander Mrs. Gauper details her abduction, imprisonment and ultimate rescue from deprogrammers at the age of 25. She also writes about her journey of faith and her early experiences in the Unification movement. Mrs. Gauper addresses religious intolerance with “intelligence, sassy humor, and gut-wrenching honesty.”
“I am an artist on a mission,” says Mrs. Gauper. “I like to write about matters of the heart and things that are personal and important to me. One of those things is religious freedom.”
Her memoir was published on January 11, and the reaction has already been tremendously positive. Readers said the book was, “easy to read,” and “great for those wanting to understand new religious movements from the first-person perspective.” Readers also said they were “captivated and moved by Maree’s true story of being kidnapped and held captive, and how she dealt with those people trying to break her faith. This [book] reads like a top-notch suspense drama– then you remember this really happened.”
Mrs. Gauper was interviewed for an article published in The Southland Times, a major regional newspaper based in her hometown of Invercargill, New Zealand. She is currently on tour with her husband, Bob Gauper, promoting Free Maree in Australia and New Zealand.