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Beck frames her narrative around a conversation with her aged father, dipping in and out of stories of her childhood, marriage, third pregnancy, and teaching. She contrasts her perceptions of the leadership of the institutional church as controlling and patriarchal with stories of the warmth and generosity of her Mormon community. Beck unfolds her search for identity, forgiveness, and a personal faith in competent prose, punctuated with surprising dark humor and glimpses into her anorexia, suicidal obsessions, and alleged abuse. Although she leaves readers with many unanswered questions after the last page is turned, one thing is clear: Beck believes that "no matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth." --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Incredible story. Would recommend this to anyone interested in the LDS church, including members.Published 2 months ago by Ann Starr
This is a very well-written autobiographical story of healing and forgiveness. Plus I learned something about the culture of the Mormon people living in Utah. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice Weimer
My name is Collette Marie,
and this wonderful book moved me as few books have done.
Martha Beck clearly has a brilliant, penetrating mind that cuts through... Read more
Great Story.. I am so happy to see her expose some of the lie that goes on in the Mormon church.Published 2 months ago by Julie Zitting
I was Mormon from my mid-20s to my mid-40s. Even moved to Salt Lake City in 1990, moving back to the southeast 17 years later only because my parents were aging & Daddy wasn't... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Burns
I first read this book when it came out in 2005, and revisited it again this week. I'm not a Mormon, but I have had a lifelong interest in Mormonism, mostly because the more I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lori