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 read this book in just a few sittings because Rebecca's story was so fascinating. Rebecca's lifestyle growing up is so different than that of most people who will read this book. I found myself shocked by the life she was born into and impressed by her ongoing compassion for the community.
I am very interested in both psychology and religion, thus I have found myself very interested in accounts of ex cult members. Rebecca's account is the best I've listened to (or read) thus far. Not only did Rebecca remain humble but she seemingly did her best to defend the FLDS while also bringing light to the abusive nature of the community. I highly recommend this book!
The story is amazing but her cadence and pronunciation of some words is incredibly strange. I only mention this because it's severe enough to become distracting.
Rebecca narrated well with an easy to understand voice.
The story was easy to follow until the last part from Texas on. Through the story it was easy to understand how Rebecca felt. From Texas on it was harder. She gave some examples of her life during this time but I wish she could have included a few details of how she dealt with things. I don't understand why she could not have been given a stipend like any other professionally needed technical witness so that her personal life could have less trauma. Who looked after her kids? Why couldn't she have brought them with her and put them into daycare paid by the state as a support. I wondered how her daughter is. I felt left behind. I hope Rebecca and her family can move forward and heal
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.
"Incredible story of a religious cult"
This is the most engrossing and thought-provoking true story of how one evil religious leader can control and manipulate hundreds of innocent people. A must for anyone who hates power-driven leaders.
"Inspiring and interesting"
I hope Rebecca narrates more books!
All of it
One of the most inspiring books I have read, Rebecca has more strength that most could ever imagine. I learnt a lot about flds and Mormonism
Apart from a bad Texan accent, this book was gripping from start to finish. The courage and desire shown by Becky throughout was nothing short of remarkable, or was it just a desire for fame? I'm still undecided. Great book nevertheless
An insight, from one woman's personal experience, into how manipulative individuals and organisations can operate, and how people's view of the world and themselves can be distorted and damaged. And an insight into how individuals outside the 'cult' can (and probably should more often) act to end the sway of these organisations
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