In this week’s look at our history, we recall the publication of True Father’s autobiography: “As A Peace-Loving Global Citizen”.
The idea of publishing True Father’s autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, was first proposed by the Gimm-Young Publishing Company, a leading Korean publisher.
Its president, Ms. Pak Eun-ju, a practicing Buddhist, approached the church in 2008 and obtained access to voluminous source material, notably True Parents’ Life Course (12 volumes), a work comprising excerpts from True Father’s speeches arranged chronologically in the form of an autobiographical account.
Church representatives worked with the publisher’s writers to craft the final product, published on March 9th, 2009.
It quickly made Korea’s non-fiction best-seller list. On June 1st, 2009, the church hosted a commemoration of the autobiography’s publication at the Seoul Convention and Exhibition (COEX) Centre for 3,500 people, including 200 foreign dignitaries.
An English translation was ready by May 2010, and there was a parallel launch event. Many U.S. members purchased 430 copies, at True Parents’ request, for distribution to contacts. More than 144,000 were distributed in Las Vegas alone.
As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen consists of eight chapters which follow the general chronological flow of True Father’s life. The earlier chapters are exceptionally rich in autobiographical detail surrounding his family background, early upbringing and call to faith.
The account vividly describes True Father’s torture at the hands of Japanese and North Korean interrogators as well as his imprisonments in South Korea and the United States.
The later chapters focus on True Father’s marriage, family ministry and initiatives for world peace.
True Father described the autobiography as an “honest and candid account.” He said it “expresses about 80 percent of [my] life.” In one speech he said he had “as much faith” in his autobiography as in the “Eight Great Textbooks.”
Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s “As A Peace-Loving Global Citizen” audiobook is available for streaming through Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, as read by the late Henry Masters. For more information, click here.