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The Sixth of Seven Wives: Escape from Modern Day Polygamy Paperback – November 19, 2001


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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: xpolygamist.com (November 19, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0970726309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970726308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A call to conscience..." Ms. Mackert "raises fundamental (and agonizing) questions about civil justice, freedom of choice, and religious freedom." -- Gerald Grimmett, author of The Ferry Woman, a novel of John D. Lee and the Mountain Meadows Massacre

"An eye opener...to the bondage, hurts and hopelessness resting deep in the heart of this age old Mormon practice." -- Rick E. Korsmo, former pastor of Mountain Side Baptist Church in Sandy, Utah

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The author opens the preface of The Sixth of Seven Wives with the statement that not all Mormons are polygamists and not all polygamists are Mormons. This book begins with a brief history of the fundamental LDS Church and explains the animosity the Fundamental LDS Church holds toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints over the treatment polygamists received when polygamy was abandoned over 100 years ago. From the short history lesson the author moves into a compelling story of a young girl born into a family that has for generations lived by the laws and traditions of Mormon pioneer polygamy. Within her lifetime she has experienced significant changes to the governing doctrines of a religious organization that claims to live Mormonism as originally established by its founder, Joseph Smith. The telling of her story reveals the inconsistencies and the blind obedience required of its members. The author stirs the conscience of the reader and questions the cries for religious freedom by those that hide criminal child abuse and social injustices behind the mask of religious beliefs.

Meet this seventeen-year-old girl and enter her private thoughts and feelings as she faces an arranged marriage to a man old enough to be her father. Denied the love of her youth, she is compelled to submit to the direction of her parents. Love and passion did not bring this couple together, but religious duty dictated this union. Witness her struggles with the sister wives and her efforts to win her husband's affections. Experience the betrayal of her love. Relive the circumstances that compel her to leave and emotions that bind her to the children, her husband and the "religious" teachings. Escape with her and witness the blood atonement threats, the fearful "wrath of God" preaching, and emotional pressures designed to persuade her to stay. Rejoice in her courage to choose freedom while risking the loss of life's sweetest gift.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven Vaughn on January 12, 2002
Mary Mackert tells a poignant and powerful story about her life in Mormon polygamy. The story is presented as a reflection of her life- she was born and raised in a polygamous family and she married into one. The reflection takes place during a time when she had been abducted and held captive in a bedroom after she had first attempted to leave the group. The story gives the reader a view of polygamy from the inside, and it describes a closed society that few Amercans would imagine exists in our midst. It does,and has deep roots in Mormonism and its history. Her story is important reading, especially at a time when another oppressive polygamous culture on the other side of the world (radical fundamentalist Islam) has wreaked such havoc and caused such suffering. Her story is true, and her book is also very readable. It gets a "thumbs up" from me.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Bedell on May 19, 2004
Mary Mackert weaves an interesting tale of life as a young, polygamist bride. This book is enlightening, from the perspective of a girl who actually chooses to marry an older man and "poof".
I gave this book two stars because the lack of editing makes the book excruitiatingly painful to read! The grammatical errors and out-and-out typos are distracting and make it difficult to escape into the novel. This book would've been far more entertaining had it been PROOF READ before publishing. Because of the errors, and the large type-face, I felt like the book was over-priced and not worth the read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By amy on January 13, 2002
Reading this book was incredible, I honestly could not put it down until I was done. It is hard to believe that this lifestyle of child brides, muliple wives and abuse is proclaimed to be "Godly" and is accepted by the Morman religion. What a life Ms. Mackert has endured! I can't wait for the next book in her series.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2004
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This would probably be a good story but it was so poorly written it was impossible to concentrate on it. It was written with a "See Spot run" mentality. I'm surprised a publisher would allow a book to be published without it being proofread. Sentences such as "No on with influence would defend them." , "Missing the physical intimacy my marriage relationship" , "Thinking of something very sad helped my control my silly outbursts" , "The offer was had the children excited" and on and on. There was just no end to the mistakes. When I pay $20 for a paperback I expect it to be readable without having to stop periodically and try to figure out what the author is trying to say.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Norma G. Guerrero on May 25, 2006
I greatly admired this lady's courage in the face of sometimes terrifying adversity. The book presents a fascinating picture of a polygamist family. Ms. Mackert is a good writer, too. I was shocked, however, by the apparent lack of editing. There are as many as three errors on some pages! If xpolygamist.com intends to keep on publishing these books, and I hope they will, they should hire an editor. I often felt I was reading the draft of the book, not the final version.
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