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
I enjoyed listening to this book until the author began using a horrible Texan accent. It was annoying and distracted from the story.
It shows the insidious nature of the FLDS church (cult), and how it sanctions child, and spousal abuse. I read "Under the Banner of Heaven" and this was a worthy addition to my education about the FLDS church.
Yes, until the accent.
It made me angry that the followers of the FLDS church have buried their heads in the sand, and allowed the systematic abuse of children!
I'm another who is suspicious of author narrated books, but this one was done very well.
The story is gripping from start to finish. It is the sort of narrative that, if it were fiction, I would have rolled my eyes at how over the top it sounded. Unfortunately it's true and a matter of public record, and yet another example of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
Much different than Carolyn Jessop's accounting. Although Becky's journey was different, the bravery and strength of these women who have come forward to tell of the unspeakably abuse is admirable and astounding.
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.
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.
Rebecca Musser, just wow! What an amazing and heartbreaking story. Beautiful and eloquently told. THANK YOU for sharing your story! MUST READ
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.
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