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Publisher's Summary

"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too.

I was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives. Indoctrinated to believe that the outside world was evil, and that I resided among the righteous, I was destined to marry a man chosen for me by the Prophet. I would then live in harmony with my sister-wives, bear many children, and obey and serve my future husband in this life and throughout eternity. But my innocence didn't last long. While still a child, I understood that the church of the righteous was nothing but a church of lies.

When I was eight years old my father sexually molested me for the first time, raping me when I was twelve. I tried to kill myself. Beaten, molested, taunted, and abused by family members alleging they only wanted to save my soul became a daily routine, I ran from this abuse more than once in my early teens--even attempting to cross the desert on foot. My family hunted me down. I thought government agencies would provide me safety if I reported my father. Instead, police and social services colluded with the FLDS to return me to my family and I ended up back inside polygamy, right where I started."

Flora goes on from there to tell the dramatic true story of how she ultimately escaped and has been fighting against frustrating obstacles with hard fought successes in rescuing women and children from the FLDS. It's a story you can't put down.

©2009 Flora Jessop and Paul T. Brown (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Unique & raw story, best FLDS memoir

What other book might you compare Church of Lies to and why?

I have read many other FLDS memoirs (Escape, The Witness Wore Red, Stolen Innocence, etc) and this one is by far the best. Flora's rebellious spirit and her unusual path make her story fascinating -- she went from FLDS wife to drug-addled stripper to child advocate. The story is raw, real, authentic and fearless in a way that the other books are not.

Which character – as performed by Eve Bianco – was your favorite?

great performance by Eve Bianco as usual...she can even voice men and little kids in a way that doesn't sound silly. She is a great storyteller without being annoying or overly dramatic. She definitely does the story justice.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Church?

Would you listen to Church of Lies again? Why?

Never, this book brought me close to vomiting, the horrific truth of this woman's life almost brought me to a murderous rage, justice will be served.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The strength of the main character was astounding, she is one of those people in life God uses to spread messages that turn tables and shed light in darkest of corners.

Have you listened to any of Eve Bianco’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me want to avenge these children just sick sad heart wrenching.

Any additional comments?

The truth is uglier than sometimes we can fathom.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Get past the narrator and the book is fantastic

Any additional comments?

The narration of this book is awful. The drama and the different voices ruins the very nature and essence of this story. Flora tells a tale full of painful abuse and the narrator seems to trivialize it with her intense dramatic flairs. I often wonder how these narrators are chosen. But you must continue because this story will wrap you up inside of it and spit you out, leaving you wanting to know why and how these things could happen while the law and other authorities turn a blind eye.

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Beginning was good, end was dragged out a little

Her story was interesting. The rape descriptions were disturbing and graphic but it really gives you a good idea of why she was so desperate to get out of there.

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Couldnt put it down

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book is all about extreme reactions, it's just incomprehensible that some people actually live this way.
Flora tells the story of her life and that of her community with such candid and honesty leaving herself and others naked and exposed, as you are immersed in the story you can not stop yourself from being angry and hurt for these women and children forced into this life.

Any additional comments?

This brutally honest book opens a window to a different world, one that exists just outside our windows. It is and important read, as well as an engrossing one, It is however very graphic and may not be suitable for some people (should definitely be considered as a "Triger".

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Too much for me personally.

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I might be able to finish it one day, but I had to stop about three chapters into it. I would like to know her story, but those details are too powerful for me. I haven't reacted this strongly to a book ever, that I recall.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 04-29-13

An Outlaw's Outlook a tthe FLDS

What did you love best about Church of Lies?

This book details many of the abuses that go on in the FLDS church, and what happens when women and children in particular try and run away. There are portions that describe the setting in Colorado City, Arizona, as a rugged desert land, and the incomplete houses so well that you can feel the hot sun on your face and see the decrepid landscape in your mind's eye.

This book does not flinch from the abuses in the church or Flora Jessop's life outside of it. While there are places for indicating the sexual abuse and drug use, some of these seem to be done for shock value if nothing else. This is a minor quibble in an otherwise good book... think of Flora Jessop as a battle-weary soldier, trusting no one but getting women and children out of the FLDS, and you ahve the right idea.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved some of the journal entries and poetry that were sprinkled throughout the second half of the book... it gave heart to some difficult passages to read.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Flora's guilt over not being able to save her mother and sister... I cried.

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riveting! !

great read couldn't put it down. I found the detail and narration extremely good! It was sad as well but cheers to Flora for being a true hero

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Great Book and Story

This being my 3rd FLDS book I was worried it would not be anything new however Flora's story is very unique. Only a few items are repetitive but i a gpod way since I had backround knowledge of the story and people. Amazing story and Im blown away how these women endure these issues in 2016! Mind blowing expecially how CPS is whole purpose is to avoid these situations but instead add to the stress and heartache. Thank god for Flora or these children would have never been saved!

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Trigger warning: child abuse and rape

Would you consider the audio edition of Church of Lies to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Flora's descriptions were VERY vivid, even when they could have been toned down a bit. Her anger at the church is palpable and she gives a great overview of life within FLDS.

What aspect of Eve Bianco’s performance would you have changed?

Her voice was grating at times, especially when she was trying to do characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her love for her mother is poignant and often more moving than her more graphic descriptions of abuse

Any additional comments?

This book should come with a trigger warning for graphic (and I mean play-by-play detailed) descriptions of child molestation and rape. This is Flora's story and the way in which she has chosen to tell it, but it may be extremely difficult for some people to listen to.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 02-28-18

definitely worth the read

Incredible story. Heart-wrenching to begin with and ending with hope. An inspiring story from an experienced FLDS member.