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- Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (April 26, 2010)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036S4C34
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One of her grandmothers was also a teacher, who lived in polygamy before it became so extreme. Although she was allowed to keep a part of her small teaching salary, this was inadequate to ensure her security. In a stroke of genius and perseverance, she saved for and purchased a back hoe for use on the weekends, which neighbors clamored for and were willing to pay. Thus Ms Jessop had a role model from a previous generation for the independence she began to discover in fleeing the cult and writing her book "Escape"
I wish Ms Jessop the very best and would love an update on her family!
As a survivor of years of abuse myself, I could identify with the secrecy and the reality that the family can come across as one way and be a monster behind closed doors. As a Christian, I can identify with being a woman of faith wanting to live God's will and enter Heaven one day. But I found it hard to imagine as an outsider, how anyone could look to their husband as a "priesthood head"--especially when that husband is the exact opposite of God and all He stands for!
My deepest respect and admiration for Carolyn Jessop and her equally brave strong children as well as Brian. I am so happy Brian and his children and mom are so supportive and loving. Love heals! And it is my prayer that Betty will set herself free and realize how much she is loved and that the price of salvation isn't a prairie dress, working to the point of exhaustion, no not in life and abuse. Jesus already paid the price my dear, it is yours for the asking!
This book details her life after the escape. After the raid on the Texas FLDS Compound Carolyn was asked to fly down to Texas to help investigators and the CPS to better understand the mindset of the people of the FLDS. Carolyn brought her two younger daughters to show their half-siblings that they did not have to worry about the outside world. They were worried because at least 8 of Merill's daughters by several other wives were taken during the raid.
Shortly after the raid Carolyn was involved in several court cases dealing with the raid and the FLDS. One of them involved her former step-daughter who was married to Warren Jeffs when he was 50 and she was 12. Carolyn testified about abuse that she witnessed from the girls mother Barbara. Prosecutors wanted to take both of Barbara's underage children from her, but only ended up getting the daughter who married Warren removed leaving Barbara with her 11 year old son.
The other case dealt with money. After Carolyn escaped with her children Merill did not pay her any money to help support their children. Carolyn knew that he had the money and that he was hiding some, but after the escape she did not have the financial resources to go after him. After the raid she knew would be a good time to iron out the money that Carolyn felt Merill owed her and their children. Their daughter Luanne as well as Carolyn's father testified. After the case was settled Carolyn got to see her daughter Betty who had returned to the FLDS two days after her 18th birthday.
This part of the book also details how the raid effected her children. During this time her older children would get calls from their half-siblings still in the FLDS which were very hard on them because the siblings would attack Carolyn. It also brought back bad memories of abuse, both physical and sexual, that happened to her children by their half siblings (who used the raid to their advantage in print and television stories.)
The second part of the book details the things that Carolyn learned along the way that helped her once she escaped.
All in all a very inspirational story about a woman who faced adversary and overcame it and learned something from it.
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And I wasn't disappointed: in this book, Carolyn talks about her life after her escape from the FLDS community. She also speaks in detail about the raid that happened in the YFZ Ranch in Texas. In the second part of the book, she talks about the things that helped her to regain self-confidence and how she built up the courage to escape from the situation described in her first book. A good reading!
Remarkable story of an equally remarkable, determined woman who has given a fruitful life/future to her children. Hopefully, some from her community will gain some courage to stand up for their rights.
A great read shocking as it is to see that there is fundamentalism right at our doorstep, in the 21st century.