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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read, November 9, 2011
This review is from: The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction, and the Mormon Church (Hardcover)
This book is difficult to read, not only for the pain I felt for the victims of horrific abuse, but also because I am a faithful, life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While I have never encountered any sort of scandal or individual like Curtis in the Mormon church, and honestly feel that his heinous acts and those of the church hierarchy (as portrayed in this book) go against everything the majority of Latter-Day Saints feel and believe in, this book does have value. Of course as a member of the Mormon church, it's hard to read about major problems that exist within this institution, and it's hard to see the image of our religion tainted, a religion that has so much good to offer. But given that much of this book is probably accurate, it's very important for our church to collectively take a look at why this happened, work through these serious problems of failure to protect children, and immediately rectify the problem so that it never happens again. In this sense, the book is a worthwhile read.

There is good and bad in most things. The unfortunate side of this book is that many will walk away regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as secretive and evil, interested only in protecting its name and not its children. Truly, this couldn't be farther from the truth for 99% of the Mormon church's members: the vast majority of us love and treasure our children so much. The valuable side of this book is that it will hopefully force the Church to work through any serious problems that are present (in however small a number) in our congregations and leaderships, and work to ensure that these terrible things are never repeated.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2011 7:13:01 AM PST
Why only three stars? Do you feel that it's inaccurate, or at least too focused on the story to show a broader picture?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 7:16:30 AM PST
G&B Mom says:
Hi there!

I suppose I gave it 3 stars because when rating a book, I consider a few things: quality of the writing, whether or not it spoke to a meaningful theme (or themes), and the overall enjoyment I got out of it. This was a well-written book and in that sense a fine read, but for me personally, it wasn't a particularly enjoyable read. Like I said in my review, it was hard to read for 2 reasons: the painful subject matter, and also knowing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may be misinterpreted by many after reading this book. I definitely think difficult subjects can be written about in a way that is both painful and brilliant, and that the book can be 'enjoyable', so it wasn't the subject-matter that took away how much I liked this book. It really was the sadness I had in seeing the Mormon church making mistakes, and also knowing these mistakes to represent but a fraction of Mormon congregations around the world, yet knowing that readers might take them as a general marker for Mormons and our religious leaders. Maybe like you said, I felt it was a bit too focused on the story to show a broader picture. Although I can't fault the author: she was writing to tell this particular story, and she presented the facts. It would just be nice if the world could know a broader context of what the Mormon church is before reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 6:47:06 PM PST
"and also knowing these mistakes to represent but a fraction of Mormon congregations around the world,"

This is an interesting comment. How do you know that? What do you mean by fraction? I believe it's a lot more prevalent than this statement makes out.
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