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Church of Lies Paperback – January 20, 2009
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"Church of Lies… is a compelling and heartbreaking -- but hopeful -- read." (Kansas City Star)
It is difficult for any person not affiliated with a group like the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) to imagine the motivation for living in such a system. Jessop grew up within the strictures of the FLDS cult, subjected to its forced marriages and rampant sexual abuse. Her story is a harrowing but inspiring account of one woman’s determination to break free. She relates in rather stark terms the horror of growing up in the polygamous community, the many pleasures she was denied as a child as her elders pursued a pseudo-holiness, forbidding the joys of childhood but engaging in horrible acts of pedophilia. Following her own liberation, she has worked tirelessly and fearlessly to liberate those who want out of the group. Readers will be repelled at some of what Jessop has to say, but in the end, they will be heartened by her efforts to free others in the grip of the FLDS leadership. (Feb.) (Publishers Weekly, December 15, 2008) --This text refers to the Digital edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I've already typed in (and erased) three reviews but found it difficult to do justice to the power contained in the book. Let me try once more...
This story is raw. The words, cruelty and horror, are far to cliche. On a number of occasions I came close to getting sick. Rape of little kids, prearranged marriages of kids fourteen and under (often to men 2 or 3 times their age), incest and inbreeding, the occasional exchanging of wives (and kids). Kids were taught that this, and much more, was actually required of them to escape damnation to hell. No rods were spared in the teaching either. Further, these type of actions, at least as described in the book, were overwelmingly normal within the sect, as opposed to isolated cases.
Even more powerful reading developed from the author's attempts to save her family after her own escape. This was made difficult by family members' fear of eternal damnation. This wall and others frustrated the author to no end. She kept pushing, hard.
Lastly, the complicity of state/local agencies was evident throughout. I'm left wondering where members of Congress came down on the issue of polygamy.
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Flora is an outstanding example of determination and persistence, overcoming years of destructive mental programming by indoctrination, and years of mental and physical abuse that would be very difficult for a less valiant woman to surmount. Overall, this is an inspiring and very instructive story, true in most of its features.
If you've heard of the Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas and the arrest of Warren Jeffs, the sect's current prophet, then you will vaguely know the setting for her story. The FLDS, not to be confused with regular Mormons, have leaders who are involved in seedy activities such as welfare fraud, tax evasion, property deed manipulation, underaged arranged marriages, molestation (both of boys and girls), and domestic abuse - all in the name of god. The problem here is that even after the FLDS members attempt to get out, the mentality that has been indoctrinated into them since birth, the distrust of outsiders after the Raid of Short Creek in '53, combined with the lack of stateside infrastructure to support their livelihood and education, all work to create a harrowing situation.Read more ›
This entire country should forget about lecturing other countries about "human rights" as long as we look the other way on such travesties.
Where are all the organizations who have rightfully fought for women's rights and yet seemingly have ignored this horrible situation?
I have yet to know any Arizona politician who has taken on this issue and rallied others around it. If it has happened, I have not been aware of it. Could it be that the public just doesn't really care and the politicians don't believe the issue is important enough to help them at election time? Could it be that Arizona's LDS voting population makes it difficult for politicians to speak out?
Is this too sensitive an issue for the state of Utah and the LDS church to really do something about it to minimize the spillover bad image resulting from allowing this to occur for so long?
Have we become so self-centered that this issue is not on our radar screen, even after becoming aware of it?
I, for one, am angry about such apathy and will be challenging everyone I know to read this book and, along with myself, find a way to be part of the solution.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book, very informative. I didn't realize how horrible it is in a poligmophy environment . Jesse went through a lot. I don't think all Mormons are like that .. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia Hanson
By accident a few years ago, my family drove through these two towns on the Utah-Arizona border. I remember the sick feeling in my stomach as I recalled a little too late we were... Read morePublished 5 months ago by flowergirl
Book in good condition. ..didn,t know she led such a horrible life after excaping...so happy she over came & ended doing so much good.. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sharon stout
Courageous and inspiring. It's hard to escape from a cult, especially one that you are raised in and that is objectively dangerous. A great read, and very eye-opening.Published 9 months ago by Robert H. Ruff
Hard to say 'I Love it--but I love Flora--- I guess she's used to that. She's so real, so believable, and I see why she has trust issues. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Suzyrizzi
Wow awsome book what a strong women for going into such detail of a horrid up bringing...man i would love to meet her say thanks and give her the biggest hug.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer