|Church of Lies by Flora Jessop
Release Date: January 27, 2009
Source: Library Copy
Buy It: Amazon
|Jessop describes her life in the polygamous FLDS sect and tells the dramatic true story of how she ultimately escaped and has been fighting to rescue women and children from the abuse and degradation.|
Book 13 for 2012 TBR Challenge
This book is probably the last thing Tina and Lauren ever saw being featured on our little blog, yet here I am!
Here’s an un-known tidbit about me: I enjoy books about the Mormon church and the FLDS. Yes, I understand the FLDS has nothing to do with the Mormon church (anymore), but I enjoy reading about both of them. In my undergrad schooling, I even took a class about Mormonism! The joys of having to fill up credit hours my last semester. Back to the topic at hand: The Church of Lies, is told by a woman who was in the FLDS church. Her last name is known throughout the church, and to be honest mainstream society. Also important to point out, I live in Arizona where this church and last name are really known.
This book though is the story of a woman who was born into a family and a faith that she knew she never really belonged to. Thankfully she was lucky, she was able to get out. When the leader forced her to marry her first cousin (yes, you read that right, her first cousin), her cousin let her go. Yes, he always hoped she would come back but when she asked for a divorce after many, many, many years of being separated, he let her have it. She knows she was lucky.
She’s also using her background to help young girls get out if they want to, which many do. Although many go back to the church for various reasons (brainwashing) many want to be free and are lucky cause they have her helping them.
If you have no interest in polygamy or the FLDS this book will be of no interest to you; however, to someone with slight interest it was a very fascinating read.