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Daughters of Zion: A Family's Conversion to Polygamy

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A memoir of misguided faith, unholy violence, and spiritual awakening. An odyssey of mayhem, murder, and tragedy, is what Kim's family unknowingly embarks upon in their quest for a peaceful existence in an unorthodox religious society. It is on a deceptively fine spring day, at the tender age of seven, that Kim is uprooted from her comfortable middle class home in Utah to ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Rogue Hill Publishing LLC
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Ana Mardoll
Daughters of Zion / 978-0-615-25701-3

This is the fourth biographical polygamy novel I've read this year - sixth, if I count "When Men Become Gods" and "Under the Banner of Heaven" - and I've come to realize that these polygamy novels come in two sorts of flavors. The first flavor, the "Escape" flavor, is seen in books like "Escape" and "Stolen Innocence", and tells the story of abused women fleeing from abusive polygamous marriages, often fearing for their safety, their lives, and their children
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Marie
No doubt about it: various religious beliefs, cultures, CULTures and sects interest, intrigue and fascinate me. This book invited me into the lives of a few people and helped me to catch a glimpse of what it was like in the world in which they lived (and what so many people are experiencing today also). I plan to follow it up with Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall. It's beneficial to me because it quenches my curious nature. It helps me to empathize with the way "religion" can be as much an instit ...more
Gretchen
This book was extremely sad. A tale of two parents getting caught up in religious fanaticism with little thought being given to the consequences for their family. The story of the way evil, misguided men can twist a religion of beauty into something dark and sinister merely to satisfy their own selfish ambition. The narrative was handled well and objectively, without pretense or apology, which I appreciated. So often in stories like this, especially when most of the supporting cast is dead, the ...more
Emily
I read this book because my sister lent it to me. She likes to read a lot of memoirs about polygamy. I was amazed by how the author took an interesting topic and made it incredibly boring. She stated in the beginning that she wanted to be non-offensive because some of her family/friends are still part of a polygamist FLDS group, but that didn't mean she had to write an incredibly boring memoir, glossing over the crime or even more interesting aspects of life in polygamy. I finished this book onl ...more
Cherrybomb
Having already read a few books by other members of this cult, it was interesting to see the events and people from another's point of view.

I would recommend reading at least Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife first. I don't know that I would have enjoyed this book as well without this background info. I had also already read Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy and Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement, which are all about the same people.

The author,
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Julie
Wow --this book is hard to review in order to tell the story properly. I've tried twice and written a novel trying to explain it all. So much happened in the book,where to start ?
Many years ago, a group of Mormon brothers decided to found a splinter church,so they went to Mexico and made a small village for their followers. They believed in polygamy,so the village grew quickly, each man marrying several wives and having huge families.
The girl who told the story was the youngest in her family,
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Sarah
this book was really disappointing. I've read several books about young women who lived insular religious communities, such as the Amish and Hasidic Jewish cultures, and then left,and I've read one book by a young man who left a polygamist cult, but this was the first book I read about a woman growing up in a polygamist society. The book really could've been great – there was lots of material here to work with, atrocities abounded, and the lifestyle was very different than the mainstream. One th ...more
Susan Bazzett-griffith
Kim Taylor's memoir is a different sort of "escape from polygamy" book than the others I've read in recent years, most notably because her parents joined the religion when she was old enough to understand it, yet never actually became polygamous themselves though some of their children did. This made for an interesting read, but I felt, other than the author's relationship with Mark Chynoweth, that a lot of the story she told wasn't "hers" as much as the history of the different branches of the ...more
Ruth
May 27, 2009 Ruth marked it as to-read-religion
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Taylor chronicles being uprooted from her family's comfortable middle class home in Utah at the tender age of seven to be raised in a polygamous cult in Mexico. Her life takes unbelievable twists and turns as her older sisters become plural wives, and young Kim herself is eventually courted by the polygamist fathers of her close friends. All semblance of a peaceful life is shattered when violence erupts within the ranks of the priesthood leaving one sister a widow. Kim fears
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shannon
this book was amazing in the sense that it dealt with some truly horrific things -- poverty, abuse, murder -- and yet it bored me to tears. it skimmed over things that were interesting and dwelled for page upon page on things that were really...not. i don't mean to say the author's life was boring because it wasn't, and that's what is so frustrating -- there was a story here, and i wanted to know what it was and instead i was treated to overdone prose and descriptions of sing-alongs. it's like t ...more
Tabatha
Fascinating! An interesting and honest look into one of the many offshoots of the FLDS.
Jackie Ruiz
I have read several books written by women who were a part of this specific group of polygamists, and it has been very interesting to read a similar story from so many different perspectives. Perhaps that is why I found this book to be my least favorite (on the topic of polygamy.) Her perspective was not that of a plural wife, or even as someone who lived full time in the church... so I felt like it was lacking... then again, I am used to hearing theses types of stories written from the wife's p ...more
Jaye
Jul 20, 2015 Jaye rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: done
a different slant on the Lebarron story.
Jaime Hoerr
Good read

I enjoyed this book and an easy read. it gave a sneak peek into the lives of people who have actually lived polygamy.

Alice
This is an interesting book - I am fascinated with polygamy. But - there are so many PEOPLE - I get confused! I can't imagine that one person has lived this much heartache, however. She lived a full live before she was 20! If you are interested in this lifestyle - you'd enjoy this book. Otherwise - it's too confusing. BUT - it's a memoir not a fictionalized account - and that made it more meaningful.
Mary
Mar 18, 2013 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
YAY YAY! Amazon was much faster in shipping my book than they predicted! Just read the first 4 chapters to my hubby and kids so that they will know a little more about their own history. They were enthralled!
Sarah Wright
I am intrigued by different religions and cults. This book was very interesting, as it gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Polygamysts and what they go through.

Megan
Recently I have been reading a few books about different religions and cultures that I find interesting. This is the latest one, and it has been fascinating so far.
Angela Davis
the other two books were way more informative on the doctrines and agony of their faith. this was more cumbersome and personal
Juliana
I read this at the recommendation of a friend of the author. Interesting insights into modern-day polygamy.
Angie
Jul 26, 2012 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This book started out slowly, but by the half-way point I couldn't put it down.
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My brother's best friend's mother wrote this book. I'm really eager to read it.
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Born in Denver, Colorado, Kim Taylor spent most of her childhood and adult life living on California's Monterey Peninsula (with short stretches in Los Angeles, CA and Boulder, CO). I currently live in Portland, Oregon and yes, she very much enjoys the rain.

She recently completed a literary novel, THE BAY, and is currently working on Polly Bunting, an American Gothic. She is the author of the YA no
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