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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
The journey of a beautiful soul. At first, I was interested in Beck's book as an account of her leaving Mormonism. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
I love Martha Beck's writing...and this book did not disappoint me. She is able to write in a way that is interesting and humorous while dealing with a very serious subject.Published 1 month ago by flamingo lady
This story resonates with me on so many levels. From the lunacy of the year and a half I lived in Utah and the things I experienced there, to the grappling with the hypocrisy of my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ginny
This book started well but deteriorated and overall was a disappointment.Published 5 months ago by Larry Langlois
If I could give it no stars? I would. Perhaps she could funny in real life, I don't know, but she is not funny in this book, she only thinks she is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suzanne
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 7 months ago by Mary Going
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 8 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 8 months ago by Das Englisch von Königin