Church of Lies
"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too.
I was one of twe...more
All that being said, this book does give you a look into what life is like inside ...more
(The police are at Flora's house, trying to get the two runaway girls and Flora is telling them off.)
"Dude, I don't know where the hell these kids are, and if I did I would not tell you so you can betray them like the dozens of other children betrayed from Colorado City." Finally, they got tired of playing nice and started threatening me.
"You tell us where these kids are at or we're going to handcuff you and take you to jail."
"Fine handcuff me. Don't threaten me, cu ...more
However, this is rather normal for the world we live in. And that is the problem; people think this craziness is just happening on the fringes of humanity and the rest of the world is wonderfully normal. And that is Flora's problem...
Here's why I think this:
Hinduism has polygamy throughout it history (as well as endless sexual abuse of minors and even infants - read Amy Carmichael's adventures in India for more information, and don't f ...more
The author goes i ...more
It's amusing how many people now want to take credit for the fall of Warren Jeffs. It's a seductive story. Everybody wants to be seen as the hero...
But Flora Jessop--well, she's the real McCoy--one of the original warriors and genuine heroes. In fact, in many ways, Flora Jessop and a childhood friend of hers from Colorado City are truly Arizona's Founding Mothers of this hard-fought, human rights revolution. A campaign that had to overcome more than a half-century of institutionalized neglect a
Most children stopped formal education at 8th grade, if not before. Young girls were married off at the age of 12 or younger if they were perceived to be a "problem" ch ...more
After enduring much physical and sexual abuse, Flora fled when she was 14 and shortly returned after feeling afraid. She was sent to live with her Uncle Fred and was a prisoner for two years until at 16 she was forced to marry her cousin Philip. After her marriage, Flora fled the FLDS for good and for many years has helped women and children escape the FLDS.
Before January of this year, I ne ...more
I had a really, really hard time liking Flora Jessop, though naturally I felt sympathy for what she went through. But she's awfully big on martyrdom, the "poor me" syndrome (which I can't get, because I can't imagine what she went through), but she also constantly praises herself for how awesome she i ...more
Cults are difficult to read about in general. Memoirs by cult survivors are even harder. I think this is because while facts are disturbing on a logical level, raw emotions and lived experience are where things really start to hit home. Well-written memoirs poke at us in a much deeper way; they remind us of our connection to one another and provide an emotional sense of experiences that we may not have lived ourselves. Walking a mile ...more
oh boy, i was wrong.
reading how one person's life changing upside down when she's trying to challenge and questions the religion practice she was raised moves my heart. Flora "Jessie" Jessop, has wrote a graphic story of h ...more
The write still seems to have lot of anger towards FLDS and her family for putting her through the worst situation anyone could imagine(I am not judging and whatever she went through is not easy to overcome). The book starts slow and picks up pace and explains about the abuse of other women and kids. As a chi ...more
The abuse in this book is so horrific, you almost feel like you're reading fiction. Flora was strong enough ...more
Polygamist memoirs are something of a hobby of mine. I find them fascinating and heartbreaking and compelling.
So, I checked out Church of Lies by Flora Jessop from my local public library.
Flora Jessop was born into the polygamy and raised in the twin polygamist cities of Colorado City and Hilldale, one on each side of the Utah/Arizona border.
Before I continue on, I want to give my readers the disclaimer that adult themes were present in this book as some pretty vile ...more
I believe fully what Flora writes about the FLDS and how they brainwash their followers into believing what they do. ...more