Leaving the Saints is a PERSONAL account of the author's experiences. It doesn't attempt to give the reader a comprehensive view of the LDS religion or people. As a personal memoir, it is funny and insightful. I grew up among the "Saints" in Utah and Beck's insights are consistent with my experiences. Many of those criticizing the book have obviously not read it. I recommend you read this book before you condemn it, and certainly before you write a public review of it.
I loved the way the story is narrated. The author makes sure she does not sound biased by telling you both sides of the story and by reasoning and understanding what takes a person or a community to x or y act. I love the idea of telling a few secrets from the church to us outsiders. I believe this religion is too old fashion by hiding secrets about rituals, censuring, threatening, and by stubbornly not accepting facts found by scientists.
I could not believe that in America, there are those who live a life similar to the Muslim community in the Middle East.
Kudos and thank you to the author!
As I read this book I was amazed to see that Martha's experience was almost identical to the experience of a friend of mine. That friend has been convinced that she was a victim of "false memory syndrome". Interesting... I think Martha addressed some of the really wonderful things about the Morman people as well as the not so good. It's so sad that anyone who speaks out against a wrong is for the most part immediately attacked.
The authur appears to be so self involved that she neglects the readers basic reason for buying the book, which is to better understand life with the Mormons.
While Mormons won't like this book, I believe it would be beneficial to read it. There are a lot of facts presented that upon further investigation are quite eye-opening.
For the non-Mormon, it's an enlightening and entertaining listen.
Mormons won't like this book but it's absolutely brilliant and honest. This is an insight into the Mormon church that the world needs to know. Maybe they'll make some changes based on Martha's honest story.
This audio book is a treasure and I am not even remotely surprised that the reviews are so polarized, for all the obvious reasons. I am recommending this book to everyone I know.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
but not always believable--she definitely comes with an axe to grind.