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Frank Newman

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  • Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sanjiv Bhattacharya
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Bhattacharya
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    What do we really know about modern practicing polygamists - not fictional ones like the Henrickson family on HBO’s Big Love? We’ve seen the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the news, the underage brides in pioneer dresses on a Texas ranch. But the FLDS is just one of many groups that have broken with mainstream Mormonism to follow those parts of Joseph Smith’s doctrine disavowed by the LDS Church. Gaining unprecedented access to these communities, journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya reveals a shadow country....

    J. Simonton says: "Hard listen and not that interesting"
    "Author incapable of handling this subject"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not recommended, unless the reader can see how the author's leftism and atheism renders him blind and dumb to the ultimate truth (Jesus Christ).

    The problem with Secrets and Wives is not that it exposes much of the terribly destructive insanity of polygamy, as has been practiced by the FLDS and other Mormon sects. That’s a good thing... to the extent the author, Sanjiv Bhattacharya, does so, at least out of one side of his mouth. The problem is that he spends so much time essentially defending it as somehow understandable or not so bad and comparing government's attempts to stop it, to America's involvement in the war in Iraq, as if everyone agrees with him that that was a huge, unjust overreach by our government, employing the now proven questionable argument that there were no WMD's etc.

    This is all because, as a typical, intellectual, leftist, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-abortion, atheist - i.e. stuck in his godless mindset, thus unwilling and actually unable to look at anything truly objectively - he also sees Mormonism as no more ridiculous than Christianity. Obviously not knowing anything really about Christianity, he outright mocks it, thus putting Jesus and Joseph Smith in the same boat… However, of course, as every true and thinking Christian recognizes, like most once were and like so many millions of other "smart" but blind folks, who are just as misguided and impressed with themselves as Mr. Bhattacharya, he clearly knows not what he is doing. There are way too many lapses in logic, common sense and good judgement, displayed by the author, to be able to address them all.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sanjiv Bhattacharya? Why or why not?

    No. He is not a clear enough thinker for me - far too convinced of all the typical leftist pabulum and propaganda.


    Any additional comments?

    I did appreciate Chapter 3, where the story of Joe Smith and the history of the LDS church were presented fairly accurately and honestly.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lynn K. Wilder
    • Narrated By Julie Lyles Carr
    Overall
    (36)
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    (36)
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    (36)

    From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are 'wooing our country' with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.

    Jade Teran says: "This family is amazing"
    "Excellent in-depth look at the real Mormon charade"
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    What did you love best about Unveiling Grace?

    First-hand account of a thoughtful, intelligent (PhD, BYU Professor) and deeply compassionate mother of four, who learned, the hard way, exactly how and why the LDS church is most certainly a cult of the worst kind i.e. it is all based on unbelievable lies and misinterpretations of the true Christ.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Micah.


    Have you listened to any of Julie Lyles Carr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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