I was prepared to read a scathing expose. That is not what this book is about - rather it is the heart wrenching tale of one woman's journey to overcome deep set religious dogma and abuse in her life. A journey to a faith not linked to any one religion was a difficult and dangerous trip for Ms Beck. While this is the story of a woman raised as a Mormon, this could have been a woman from any organized religion making the same realizations and decisions in her life. This is a haunting story that once started is hard to put aside.
Beck writes with unusual candor and humor. I found myself in tears at the end of the book, as Beck describes her deep love for those she's left behind without regret. A poignant call to healing and joy. Recommended.
Suzanne reviewed Leaving the Saints : How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith on
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Interesting recollection of a painful LDS past and a new spiritual journey. Kudos to the author for leaving the cult-like LDS patriarchy and finding a role for herself in the "outside" world. Hard to believe that the secrecy within the LDS is so well-guarded that the author has feared for her own life after telling her story. Definitely worth the read.
This book was very easy to read and believable. I found it very interesting to read about some of the rules of the LDS, some I'd heard of before. It isn't a negative review of LDS. It's more a book about finding what your own beliefs are and following what you believe to be true. Having been raised in a very strict religious home, I understood exactly what she meant about finding her own way. An excellent read, I would highly recommend it!
An interesting read, mainly for the insider's view of the workings of the LDS church. This book is more of a personal testimony than I expected, but still worth reading. For an absolutely superb historical review of Mormonism and the splintering of the church into fundamentalism and a more culturally palatable version, read "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith" by Jon Krakauer.