I don't normally get into this type of book, I prefer fiction, but this was exceptional. It was so good I will be seeking out other books by this author. Highly recommended.
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.
This book is my first deeper insight into the LDS. For me it is a great account of a story of spiritual search and is universal to a degree. During my own spiritual search I found that most, if not all churches and spiritual groups claim to have the Truth but often then do not practice what they preach and I guess many people might be going through some of Martha???s experience as we speak...
My own search for Faith almost 20 years ago, as a teen of post-communist Eastern Europe, led me to became a Baha???i, as the Baha???i faith rang True to me afirming that all Religions come from the same source???none is better than the other???God simply sends different Teachers according to the need of the time.
Also using the learnings from beeing sexualy abused to serve other victims of it is a truly courageous experience...
I admire the courage, detachment, sincerity and insight of the account.
Thanks for sharing it Martha!
I don't think I have but loved her reading!
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.
This is an extremely well-written and narrated book that I feel is balanced in terms of the positive attributes of the Mormon Church but also some of its internal problems as they particularly relate to the author. Her personal story is compelling and it was interesting to hear about her searching and strength as she faced the "skeleton in the closet", despite its ramifications. Her style is engaging and I felt that she would be someone I would like to know as a friend.
Really enjoyable! The author provides an unique look into Mormon culture as she relates her spiritual journey. I found her description of people saving an institution's reputation a at their own and other's expense to be transferable to many situations within and without the religious world. She dealt with difficult subjects and heart-wrenching experiences with respect, compassion and a yearning for God. I finished the book a better person than when I started it.
Say something about yourself!
I got about one hour into this book and couldn't take any more. I thought it would be useful information about the Mormon cult, but this lady is in the clouds. If you were looking for some way to waste $20 or one of your credits then, by all means, snag this one.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the 1 star reviews that are imaginatively titled "review by a non-mormon" are actually written by mormons desperately trying to discredit the author in an attempt to maintain the crumbling facade of their illegitimate religion. This book is a fascinating and spell-binding account of one of the most bizarre cults I've ever encountered: the church of latter day saints. Almost everything about their religion is farcical and at some points I actually laughed out loud! I was fascinated to learn that their founder, Joseph Smith, actually taught that the moon was inhabited by people that dressed like Quakers. There is absolutely no doubt that Joseph Smith was a fraud and his bizarre theories have been disproven time and time again by modern science. He even co-opted some genuine Egyptian documents and pretended to "translate" these as the "Book of Abraham". In modern times it has been shown that the translation was completely fabricated and that the documents were actually the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a relatively common-place document buried with Egyptians in ancient times to provide directions for them in the afterlife.
Despite the fact that the entire religion is built on lies, people actually adhere to this religion and use it to bully, intimidate and control other members. Not only that but sexual abuse is rife in the church and community and the religious tenets are completely disempowering to women (the teachings actually advocate polygamy!).
I found the religion, its leaders, practices and beliefs absolutely shocking.
It is incredibly brave for Martha Beck to write this book. She had to go against the grain of her family, her entire community and her upbringing to find the courage to reveal the truth about this crazy cult. Everyone should listen to this book.
I can only hope that this book helps to dismantle this oppressive religion/cult.