Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs.
Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in - and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS.
Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.
The Witness Wore Red is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.
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©2013 Rebecca Musser (P)2013 Hachette Book Group
This account albeit genuine ends up sounded like a series if monotonous sad event and it feels a lot was left out because of red tape. it does not feel like it succeed at making you feel the atmosphere of the places and people like other books o. the subject did. it reads like a long newspaper article.
...I love listening!
I am so grateful this woman shared her story. This book is a window into her world growing up with the secretive Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. She gives us a glimpse of a way of life that few of us could otherwise see, but the truly unique part of this story is her amazing strength, resiliency, and beautiful character. She uses the terrible events of her life to become a beautiful person who has helped others in immeasurable ways even when it has caused her pain and strained her own relationships. I have so much respect for her after listening to her words!
This is a well written, compelling account of life in the FLDS. It sheds light on how difficult it is to break free when corrupt leadership is determined to stay under ground. I listened every chance I had for 3 days straight! I wish I knew of a way to help those whose lives have been & are being marred by this cult. Perhaps the website has information.
Being a Mormon this book changes how i look at polygamy, even though practiced in my Church in the earlier days of the Church. The practice back then was abusive in some instances. Nothing like this story that I am aware of as of this writing.
Having Rebecca voicing the audio book you could definitely feel the emotion in the story. The only thing I didn't like it every time she tried to speak like a Texan, I being s Texan, made me cringe. We don't sound like that at, even the ones with a strong accent. So I took one star from performance for that.
This brought back childhood memories... in my childhood church there was preaching against sex, loving money and power. Yet I was molested and the congregation was guilted into buying a decked out SUV for our pastor. All in the name of God. Time and forgiveness can help heal.
Audio Books is my new passion. They have made my time in the car the last few years something to look forward to. Just Lovin Life!
I have read several books on this "religion" and they are all simply heartbreaking. This one is no different. The book is interesting and eye opening and I am thankful this lovely lady was able to get out of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this type thing. I think the author did a fine job reading her own book. Strong lady.
I would. This book provides an insider's perspective to an organization that only ex-members can provide. The book details the secrets the FLDS tried to protect and the experience and difficulty of leaving an organization that uses persuasion and manipulation to coerce its members. It is an eye opening book that explains the difficulty of leaving a manipulative structured society without setting out to do so.
Yes. I liked that the author narrated her own story.
No. I think having listened to her story was enough for me, I would not want to relive her experience via a movie. However, had I not listened, I would probably watch the movie.
I would rank this in the top 5 audio books I have listened to. The fact that the author read the story made it even more powerful. Her story many times moved me to tears.
Rebecca was the primary character and she is my favorite. She is a strong amazing woman and I look up to her.
Could you give your all to protect the ones you love?
This book is incredibly inspiring. In many places I was moved to tears by the struggles Rebecca was forced to endure. Her strength was inspiring to me. Her refusal to back down from a terrifying challenge showed her character.
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