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The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in a Polygamous Mormon Sect

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The Secret Lives of Saints paints a troubling portrait of an extreme religious sect. These zealous believers impose severe and often violent restrictions on women, deprive children of education and opt instead to school them in the tenets of their faith, defy the law and move freely and secretly over international borders. They punish dissent with violence and even death. ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Random House Canada
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Oct 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, read-2008
A fascinating and disturbing look at how a polygamous sect was allowed to establish a strong foothold in British Columbia and how powerless we seem to be in trying to combat it. What I learned the most from this book is how much of a blind eye that governments will turn when it comes to dealing with a local group claiming religious freedom and protection under our Charter of Rights of Freedom and yet, can perpetuate horrific abuse against women and children alike. As the author points out, why c ...more
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Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, Terrifying and horrifying
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me after I had read a book portraying the journey of a child-bride from her childhood to escaping and charging Warren Jeffs.

As with each book dealing with the FLDS that I've read I learned even more with this book. It focuses primarily on Bountiful and what has gone on there but ties together the connection with the FLDS south of the border. The book shares the history of the FLDS from the early days of keeping quiet about how they wanted to live their faith (polyga
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
This book took me forever to finish, partly due to life in general, and partly due to the fact that it was So. Dry. The book reads like an academic paper, and in parts, a legal transcript. The information and interviews were extensively well-researched, and if someone was looking for a primer that covers all of North American polygamist history, this book would be great. For someone who is looking for a riveting and interesting read about polygamous culture, this is one to pass on, as there are ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having heard about Mormons and not knowing anything about them or their practices other than their being polygamous, I thought this was book was highly informative. However, I don't think polygamy is as "terrible" as it is made out to be in this book. So called leaders who have abused and perverted their positions are the major problems, not polygamy.

What disappointed me most was the Canadian governments failure to act, to help these women and children. My highest respect goes to Wally Oppal wh
Mary MacKintosh
Feb 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Bramham is a journalist, working for the Vancouver Star. This book developed out of her investigative articles about the FLDS community called Bountiful, located in British Columbia. As Utah, Arizona and Texas continue to pursue the issue of exploitative treatment of women and girls within the FLDS belief system, Bountiful and its residents will be in U.S. newspapers more frequently. Young women have been moved back and forth from Canada to Texas over the recent past. Bramham obviously has bias ...more
Miriam Martin
Feb 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Love love love anything to do with Mormonism and the FLDS, but as usual with this sort of "expose", I found the writing a bit dry and journalistic. Worth reading though, and I learned that a consultant we have worked with in the AIDS Service Field was an advisor to the ministry of children and family development (perhaps previously called "child welfare"?) and one of the key original players in trying to get Blackmore charged for exploiting and abusing women and children ... Dyan Dunsmoor-Farley ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
- interesting read
- fascinating subject
- somewhat overly detailed, I thought
- I was not aware of the statistics: between 1,200 and 2,500 polygamous Mormon relationships in Canada (primarily in B.C.), completely in violation of Canada's Criminal Code, but systematically tolerated by the courts, the police, and politicians in general
- girls forceably married off at age 14 or 15 (sometimes to men in their 50's, 60's, or even 70's)
Oct 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was very disappointed in this book. I've read alot about the FLDS and was hoping to learn more about the Canadian branch but found this book very convoluted, repetitive, and outdated. I need to investigate what has happened since its writing, although I fear not much has changed. I really didn't learn anything new and felt frustrated trying to keep the various people and groups straight. There are definitely better books out there, if you're interested in learning about this cult.
Dee brown
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This doesn't touch too much on Warren Jeffs, but more on their cult in Canada. It gives a brief history of Mormonism, and how polygamy was revitalized. It tells how older men where "married" to child brides, and of the lost boys who were booted out of the FDLS.
If you're interested in learning more about Sister Wives , then pick this book up!!
Jessica Pratezina
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sensationalized. Relies too heavily on apostate narratives rather than triangulating sources. Makes the mistake of focussing on polygamy as the source of the oppression in FLDS communities rather than extreme patriarchy.
This was interesting, although I found some of her arguments disingenuous. It was also confusing at a number of points, mostly because there are only 4 or 5 last names in the entire book, and the first names get shared around a lot, too.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
The author somehow manages to make this topic, which I usually find fascinating, totally boring and slow moving. Her writing feels disjointed, jumping all over the place and chapters end abruptly. A shame, I was hoping for better.
Joyce Findlay the middle and I need a light mental reading Home from the Vinyl Cafe..then back to it..
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Curious Minds
Things that make you go 'hmmmm' and make you cock your eyebrows. This is a fascinating, and harrowing, read.
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Being from Creston, I am very familiar with the FLDS. This book gave the history or the FLDS in Canada. It was a very heavy read but was well worth it.
Aug 04, 2008 rated it liked it
This one is about polygamous groups in Canada. They are everywhere.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
An eye opener. Wonderfully written. Fascinating and a powerful story.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
It only took me 2 days to read this book. I really appreciated the background on the community and it's relation to both the FLDS and the LDS church.
Kathryn Frank
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Makes me glad I'm not a Mormon!
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
fasctinating really, however not the most well-written book out there. excellent to follow carolyn jessop's biography, more history and detail to what her life must have been like.
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