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've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).
My question refers to evil. Will people who commit evil acts continue to get away with it?
Perhaps some will think that has nothing to do with this book, but that is what I was left feeling when I finished this book.
There is much of the book that is quite hard to get through due to the horrid (that's the best word I can come up with at the moment but nowhere strong enough) things that happen and are discovered. Which leads me to another thought what is going to happen to the women and girls and innocent children. Is there something we can do for them?
I am glad that I came upon this book and that I have listened to it. I'm not sure if I would've gotten through it if I was reading it myself. I do feel that it was worth the credit that I spent on it.
I am hoping that Rebecca Musser will give us another book in the future and I applaud her for her courage and determination. Thank you for sharing this book with us.
Personal, epic, conflicted
I'd compare it to The Escape, Stolen Innocence, and Lost Boys--all books that are written by FLDS apostates about their experiences with various sorts of abuse by FLDS leaders.
Yes....but the narration also had a consistent, but jarringly unusual, inflection pattern. I found it hard to get used to (normally I will get used to something in the first few chapters; this sort of twinged every time I heard it).
The narrator/author does a particularly good job of portraying the world that she experienced as a child. I felt my heart in my throat when she was describing her fear of the beatings, her confusion at what she was being told to do...she sounded just like one of my young cousins.
This book makes a big effort to be objective and fair, and reminds you frequently that that is what it is doing. I find it a little weird, because of course there's no way that this could be other than partisan, but I do appreciate that the author/narrator really emphasizes the emotional turmoil that she experiences. The narration was acceptable, but distracting in its inflection. I feel a little bad criticizing it, because in comparison to what happened to the author, I have had a very very very easy and privileged life...on the other hand, it really isn't perfect.
So: Overall, this is a fantastic book, but it's not a flawlessly executed book.
It took some getting used to listening to Rebecca's voice, though I appreciate her struggle. The southern accent she performed at times was painful to listen too. But I realize narration is a talent not everyone possesses. I think the written version would be better.
When she was free of the shackles and was able to live the life God gifted her. I can't imagine women living in slavery in this day and age. It's very disturbing. A handful of self satisfying Religious Dictators using the promise of eternal salvation to manipulate so many vulnerable women. While the US Government financially supports these women and children. A government they detest. It's infuriating. Hard to believe this goes on in this country.
Very sad story but well written and gives the outside world a better view of the FLDS and their beliefs and helps us understand and be accepting of people that are different then us
Best book I've listened to in a long time. I thought this was an incredible story and the author narrates it herself, which I love, and she did a great job. Definitely recommend.
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