I was worried this wouldn't do for me what Escape did. By that I mean get me interested and feeling more passionately than I already do about this sub...moreI was worried this wouldn't do for me what Escape did. By that I mean get me interested and feeling more passionately than I already do about this subject. But I worried for nothing. Carolyn really seems like a genuinely good person. She seems like someone I'd love to sit down for a cup of coffee with and talk about anything, not just this subject she's so close to. When I look at her picture on the cover of this book I'm astounded. She looks so young. But that's because she is so young. Not that an older person would necessarily be better equipped to deal with what Carolyn has but for someone so, so young to have lived through what she has - it's a miracle and nothing less in my opinion. I can't imagine how hard any of what she's dealt with has been but for me, what affects me most from her story, is Betty. I can't imagine getting myself and my children out of the hell she lived in only to deal with Betty leaving and going back. I admire her for realizing and stepping back when she decided not to physically intervene with Betty going back when she was 18 but how does one do that? How do you let your child walk into the depths of hell? I can't imagine the pain that must have caused her and I'm sure still causes her to this day. I hope and pray for both of their sakes that Betty realizes the life of lies she's been fed and gets the hell out of there. I'm not a big fan of this country's "justice" system and Texas botched the ranch raid horribly bad, but I'm glad they at least put what's-his-name away and charged/sentenced some of the other men. I'm glad our courts wouldn't let these men hide behind religion as a reason for their crimes. In Triumph Carolyn basically takes readers back - a little - to her past and details some of the things she had to live through. She tells of how she's been instrumental (not in a gloating manner mind you) in teaching others about cult life. I usually wouldn't much care for a second book of this nature. I read everything that truly matters the first time around probably right? Well, since this was so on-going this was needed I believe. Carolyn even gives examples of some blatant inconsistencies in this so-called "religion" and the men (and women) who "believe". (Warren Jeffs. Just remembered what's-his-name's name.) This is a quick one, especially if it's an interest of yours. I read it in less than two days without even a lot of reading time. I hope many, many people read this because a lot of us are going through our daily lives never knowing exactly how these women - and more importantly to me - these children are living. We shouldn't be able to hurt our children because of our "religious beliefs".
May as well start out with that since it's been the running theme since I cracked open the book. I just don't know. The book was okay b...moreI don't know....
May as well start out with that since it's been the running theme since I cracked open the book. I just don't know. The book was okay but, as of this day and time, it was not "life changing" for me. I'll be sure to update if that changes. I'd suggest to anyone thinking of reading this to read the reviews, here and elsewhere. The great reviews I personally would take lightly because most of these people want to believe. Three stars and under are most likely people who didn't want to believe, didn't already believe or just don't know. I'm in the don't know category myself. I believe in God very much. I was raised Catholic, my daughter was baptized. I'm not active in a church but I do belong to one and my daughter and I pray at least once a day and we have talk about what we believe and what we don't. Our beliefs don't always align with the church. But that's neither here nor there. I was skeptical picking this up, I'm still skeptical now. Some reviewers bring up very valid points. Points that I thought about while reading before reading the reviews. If my daughter walked up and told me she visited heaven we'd be having a fairly lengthy conversation asap. I wouldn't wait over a period of years to ask "usual" questions. But hey, I'm not the most normal person in the world so I can sort of skip by this. I have a problem with other things too - Burpo bringing up the whole "Akiane Kramarik (hoax?)", him saying on pg. 72 that his son could "name a lot of the kids he said were in heaven with him". Wouldn't any sane, normal person think to jot those down? I mean, they're names. Names give at least a slight chance of something called "proof". But maybe that's why those "names" weren't kept? It's too convenient for me. Everything falls into place and it's just too convenient. I will say this - I hope this isn't the work of Todd Burpo because if it is he's probably already messed Colton up beyond help. I don't need this book to hope heaven is real - I already have faith on that within myself. Another thing - Burpo tells himself over and over that Colton couldn't have known this or couldn't have known that and he gives a plethora of reasons. Sunday school doesn't teach this, this wasn't talked about, that wasn't in any story we read, adults don't know this so how could a kid, etc. To that I want to say, Mr. Burpo, come meet my 6 year old. She knows things I'd have never guessed and has surprised me many a time. She's heard me when I'd have sworn she couldn't have. Kids are among the smartest people on the planet, just not in the ways most adults think. My 6 year old daughter knows more facts about the animal kingdom than I can ever hope to learn. Dinosaurs? Don't get me started. She's on her way to rivalling any paleontologist. Another reviewer mentioned this and I didn't think of it while reading but I'd like it answered also - why didn't Colton write this? Or at least part of it? Kids younger than Colton have written books. My daughter can write a decent amount and she could most definitely tell me what he wanted to say. I don't get it. Something tells me this is a scam the father (and mother if by nothing else than default). I really hope not but who knows....(less)
Crap. I forgot to write the review when I was finished this. Those who know me well know my memory. All I can say is this is worth reading. It's a goo...moreCrap. I forgot to write the review when I was finished this. Those who know me well know my memory. All I can say is this is worth reading. It's a good book, tells a lot about the community where Brent W. Jeffs grew up. I'd recommend reading it in addition to some other memoirs, authors like Carolyn Jessop, Elissa Wall, etc. What Warren Jeffs did to Brent is atrocious and the fact that this man lived through all of it, and what came afterward as a direct effect of Jeffs' actions towards Brent's family is amazing. It's really, really, really, (throw a few more in if you'd like) hard for me to imagine how people buy this crap. I believe in God while not being "crazy" about it. I don't believe my God is more important than anyone else's, nor do I believe my God is the only God. Who am I to say that? That's not faith. That's a joke. But to believe that one man is the mouthpiece for God? Come the hell on. Here, give ME all of your money, your houses, your kids, and everything else and I'll tell you one day, all of a sudden, that red is reserved for God and no one else can have anything red too. Come on, gimme da loot! (RIP Biggie) I mean, seriously, how does one believe this? I've read (and rated highly) the memoirs but I'm not getting it. These people are so needy that they're allowing their children to be shunned, abused, and murdered. Is that faith? If it is I don't want it. You can have it. (less)
Nothing I can write here will do this book justice. I wish I was as talented with my words as the authors because maybe then there would be a chance f...moreNothing I can write here will do this book justice. I wish I was as talented with my words as the authors because maybe then there would be a chance for me to get my opinion through to the people who will see this. I can't gush about Hidden Wives enough. I knew, before reading this, that I would love it. I had that feeling (hopefully you've had it also for a book and know what I mean!) after only seeing the cover and knowing the title. That's a great, great, super great feeling. Even though I knew I'd love Hidden Wives I was still shocked when I opened to the first page. I hadn't though about how much I'd love it - the very first sentence and I fell in love deeper. I'm sure there will be people who don't like this book - there always are and not every book is for everyone - but I think those people will be few and far betwee. I'm not only amazed that this is the first novel from Claire Avery but also at the talent that poured out. It's a rare, rare book that evokes such emotion. I've read much more non-fiction in my life than fiction and most of the non hasn't forced such feeling out of me. There was a constant fight going on in my head because a part of me kept my eyes skipping ahead - I just had to know. Another part was making myself move as slow as possible so I could savor every sentence. One could say that I read this twice already because I reread every paragraph - and only because they were all so beautiful. I have no doubt that I'll reread this many times over the years. I haven't reread a book, even from an all-time favorite author, in...... well, almost forever. Even if the subject of polygamy doesn't interest you I would recommend not passing by this easily. Whether you're into non-fiction, fiction, whatever, this will probably touch you like you never imagined. I felt such fear so many times and such joy so many others. I wanted to reach in the book and help Sara and Rachel and Irvin. Irvin brings me to another subject. Race is a very sensitive subject with me. I don't like all the stereotypes and distinctions found everywhere. I don't like anything like that - in my eyes we're all the same and everyone should be treated and viewed the same. Most books have a hard time accomplishing this. A very hard time. Taking into account that Sara and Rachel grew up in a polygamist family and the problems with race they had to face, that part of the book could have easily went downhill. It was the opposite. I don't think I could name one other book I have ever, in my entire life, read that handles the subject so beautifully. There was nothing I would have wished differently and being that I'm so conscious of the subject that really says a lot. I could go on forever about Hidden Wives. I had a ton of books piled up waiting for me and I bypassed them all because of the feeling I had about this book and I didn't let myself down. Or, I should say, Claire Avery didn't let me down. I can only hope and pray that another book is in the works right now - I'll be in line to buy it the exact day it's released. Please, do not pass this book up because you think it's only for a certain type of reader - exactly the opposite is true. This book is for so many people. You'll be missing out tremendously. Please also take this review and times it by 1,000 because like I said above, my words cannot do justice to my feelings. (less)