A good book with a voyeuristic quality to it, but that is what I was reading it for. Fascinating stories of the hardships, sacrifices, and emotional pain of polygamy...and also makes me thankful for the life I have. Would recommend to read to anyone.
I wanted to be so mad at Irene Spencer when I read this book but I just couldn't, she had no other choice. Being raised in polygamy she knew that continuing to live within the Principal was the only way to raise to goddess status and being one of 7 wives was the only way to be pulled through the veil into heaven.
So begins this autobiography that goes deep into the thoughts and life of a woman who desperately wanted to please God and to do the best she could by marrying her brother in law at age 16 and becoming his second of many wives. Her deplorable living conditions in the US, Mexico and Nicaragua. Her lack of food, money, housing and decent medical care. The mental anguish of sharing a husband and the guilt of not being a good Mormon wife.
This dramatic story delves into her life and how far religion can be stretched and abused to control a persons mind and body.
Amazon Review: Quite an Eye Opener http://tinyurl.com/2a6y6wn
This was a heartbreaking book. A close look into the life of a women living in a polygamist marriage. It details her struggles with her religion, her mind, her heart. A very interesting read.
This was surprisingly good; I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. I was really surprised by the honesty that the author seemed to give. I have read a few books having to do with polygamy, but I always felt like the author held back a lot. I didn't get that feeling here, she seemed to tell her story the way she remembered it. She does mention leaving some stuff out, but it looks like she made that into a whole other book to be released later this year. Definitely worth your time if you are a memoir reader or just interested in learning more about the subject matter.
As for me, even after reading this, I don't understand how a woman can allow herself to be pulled into this life. I keep reminding myself that they were only 15/16, but I still don't really get it. Then again, I guess there are things that I do and say that others would understand. But still... I dunno. It's tough.
An honest story of sacrifice in the name of religious beliefs. A good story, but not a quick read.