With wit, humor, and style, Joanne Hanks takes you on a wild ride through the insanity of the Mormon-based polygamist cult that was her life for seven years.
Get ready to laugh. Get ready to be outraged. And get ready to see polygamy as no one has ever revealed it before. Joanne tells their crazy story with humor and honesty. You'll share her angst over sharing her husband. You'll meet her "sister wives", a prophet calling himself a "celestial stud service" who seeks divine guidance on threesomes, and apostles who dress in weird robes to curse the White House. You'll fume at gut-wrenching tales of racism, sexual abuse, fraud, and manipulation. And you'll find out why no one remembers when Jesus destroyed the world on March 26, 2000.
"It's Not About The Sex" My Ass is more than an entertaining listen. It's a cautionary tale about the power of delusional thinking and a hopeful tale of one woman and her family who came to their senses and found the courage to leave.
©2012 Joanne Hanks and Steve Cuno (P)2015 Pitchstone Publishing
I will certainly listen again because it is just that interesting and entertaining.
I most appreciated the author's candor about her own acceptance of religious ideas and practices that many listeners and readers will no doubt think are outlandish. Her descriptions of her gradual acceptance of ever more strange doctrines and the gradual lifting of the veil of belief to reveal the absence of truth at the core of the True and Living Church.
The story is told in the first person from the author's point of view. The tone is conversational and occasionally reminded me of Julia Sweeney's delightful "Letting Go of God". Ms Hanks' story is not a stand-up comedy routine. It is a serious story about real people in the grip of a strange and potentially dangerous ideology.
It made me sad and then it made me laugh. The greatest benefit I derived from Ms Hanks' story was being reminded that none of us are immune to being bamboozled. As Carl Sagan said "“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” Ms Hanks and her readers are fortunate that she was eventually able to recognize the bamboozle.
This book is particularly insightful for anyone who grew up Mormon, or are surrounded by members of the LDS church. It is both funny and liberating to hear someone be so open about their experiences and downfalls. It serves as a great expose on religion general.
How refreshing it is to listen to this woman's story told simply and clearly about her complex journey through religious fanaticism.
Most of all I salute her choice of stand-up comedian/ philosopher in her path back to sanity. No spoilers here; but I will say that I'm about to start enjoying this book again right away now that I KNOW recovery was so honestly and completely achieved.
This was a truly sad story with a tounge-in-cheek approach. It conveyed some fundamental knowledge about Mormons and one example of one of its close derivatives the "True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days", the latter being the main subject of this book and called by the name TLC.
The book demonstrates the results of organized religions that rely on traditions rather than adhere to the Holy Bible. The Mormons assign the label of Apostates to those followers of TLC. This book is primarily the subject it covers. TLC doctrines and teachings include that of 'plural marriage' or polygamy. In this case, men have many wives. The more, the better.
The stories in this book are mostly the personal thoughts and experiences of the author. Joanne Hanks demonstrates a few of the siuations where members are brainwashed resulting in, primarily, ways in which supposedly Holy Christian leaders are reincarnated prominent past Christians wo make up several way to have sucess with many women. Their multiple wives make for husbands to have multiple sex partners. The religious reason for these multiple sex partners is the propagation of humans to fill the earth once all non-congregants are destroyed by God. The authors thus purport that TLC higher-ups use the device of supposed instructions by God to excuse their actions, especially those that involve sex.
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