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Escape by Carolyn Jessop
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Dec 15, 2008

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Read in December, 2008

This is a fascinating book. It is Carolyn Jessop's story of growing up in an FLDS community (one of the sects that split away from the Mormon Church and still practice polygamy). She becomes the fourth wife of one of the community's men who follows Warren Jeffs. We hear how a family that includes more than 30 children and six wives goes on vacation, and does the laundry. How the sister-wives in her family bicker and vie for influence. She tells us how the leaders of the community control the wives and children. She tells how Warren Jeffs slowly cuts the community off from outside influences. This is also the story of how she bravely and against many odds becomes the first woman to escape the sect with all of her children. (Although she looses her oldest daughter back to the sect after the daughter turns 18.) This is the same sect that now lives at the Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas that has lately been in the news.

I would also recommend Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.
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message 1: by Kjgled (last edited Sep 18, 2010 04:45AM) (new)

Kjgled Amazing are the similarities between this group and the strict sects in other parts of the world. They discourage education. They have no choice in clothing. They suppress women and control them with unrighteous power. They have no freedom. Warren Jeffs is the worst thing that happened to these people. To some extent, the Amish have some of these same characteristics, but aren't as harsh on the women and children.


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