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Six Years With God: Life Inside Jim Jones' People's Temple

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
To look at Jeannie Mills, you wouldn't think that for six incredible years her life went haywire.
At 39, she's both smart and attractive, a good wife to a good man, mother to five terrific kids...the picture of everything that's right-and possible-in America. But from 1970 to 1976, she and her entire family were bound to a cult that finally became the story of the decade
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published May 1st 1979 by A & W Pub
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Elizabeth Wallace
(Warning: very long and slightly explicit review. Not for the easily offended or easily bored :)

I’d been curious about this book for a while, and I’m glad I read it I guess, but I can’t really recommend it. There’re a lot of things I didn’t like, but for most of them I have to give the author a pass:

Didn’t like: The author never spells out in exact terms WHAT happened on November 18, 1978.
Gets a pass because: This book was published in 1979, less than a year after the events. I’m sure the author
Oct 16, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Peoples Temple
Shelves: peoples-temple
Jeannie and Al Mills (their real names were Elmer and Deanna Myrtle) joined Peoples Temple in 1970 in Redwood Valley, California. They were having problems in their marriage, and difficulties with their blended family, and Al and Jeannie were impressed by the strongly knit families they saw, the well-behaved children, and the welcome they received from the church community.

In the beginning, they saw what appeared to be only good works and fellowship. Over the years, as the Mills family became mo
Jan 24, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in cults, Jonestown.
This book is testimony of two defectors who became prominent in the movement against the People's Temple. They share an amazing story. What is really creepy is what is left out of the book...the family was killed shortly after the book's publication, prompting panic that People's Temple had sent out hitmen. The couple who wrote the book were killed along with their daughter. The only survivor was their son, who was home but said he never heard a thing. The crime has never been solved to this ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it
This is the Jonestown book you want to read if you want to see how (a) the financial aspects of the Temple worked to keep people trapped inside and (b) the Temple used children to keep people trapped inside. Unlike many of the other former Temple members I've researched, this book focuses on the experiences of two since deceased Temple members. They joined the Temple as adults, which differs from many of the other tales. This book really explains how a regular couple could be stuck, even when ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Adam rated it liked it
Ist half of book: great. 2nd half was a bit slow and a little overwhelming with minute details. But maybe that's just me.

Otherwise, a terrifying glimpse into the reality of delusional and overzealous religious cults. Kool-Aid will never be the same again...
May 18, 2011 Callmemargie rated it really liked it
Best inside The People's Temple account I have come across. This particular book is somewhat hard to find.
Jul 09, 2016 Suzanne rated it liked it
Fascinating account of one family's experience as members of The People's Temple and their relationship with Jim Jones before they left the church.
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