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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautiful writing about a subject that I found difficult to read about - triggering, perhaps. Ultimately hopeful and quite loving. Laughed out loud at some parts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Martha dares to expose the faith of her father and family, but more so, her own past and "apostasy." She describes the struggle to break away from the shared secrets and lies - the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara A. Collins
This is an amazing book! As a recovering Mormon who was treated badly by the church and its members, I could not put the book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Das Englisch von Königin
Incredible story. Would recommend this to anyone interested in the LDS church, including members.Published 4 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 4 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