While this book sounds as if it is a Christmas read, it really isn't. Flagg has written an easy to listen to story which will pull at your heart strings and leave you feeling better about the human race. I was captivated and recommend it for all ages.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to become more informed on Middle East issues without having to actually do any research themselves. It is an entertaining way to gain insight into both arguments without feeling the least bit of pressure to choose sides. Anyone finding this book boring simply has no interest in learning anything about the most important conflict of our time. If you ever expect to understand Iraq, you must start with Israel.
This is a case where a marvelous book is made better through the talents of the reader. The already poetic lines are skillfully brought to life and I found myself enthralled with a culture I had never before had any interest. This is, by far, the most enjoyable audible selection I have have the pleasure of listening to. It so far surpasses other novels that a simple five stars is not nearly enough.
I found this to be a riveting story and as a third generation Utah Mormon I found her depiction of Mormon culture to be right on. I was raised in Utah, graduated from BYU and served a mission for the LDS Church, and in my opinion, Martha Beck is just telling it like it is. Anyone wanting a glimpse inside the faith will find her account interesting and perhaps disturbing, but just because you don't like the message why shoot the messenger? I found her personal revelations believable and backed up with strong physical evidence despite family denials. I think people should listen to her well written story and decide for themselves.
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