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Daughters of Zion: My Family's Conversions to Polygamy

Daughters of Zion: My Family's Conversions to Polygamy [Kindle Edition]

Kim Taylor
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A memoir of misguided faith, unholy violence, and spiritual awakening. An odyssey of mayhem, murder, and tragedy is what Kim's family unknowingly embarks upon in their quest for a peaceful existence in an unorthodox religious society. It is on a deceptively fine spring day, at the tender age of seven, that Kim is uprooted from her comfortable middle class home in Utah to be moved into a polygamous colony in Mexico. From that day forward her life takes dramatic twists and turns. One by one, her older sisters become plural wives. Eventually, Kim herself is courted by the polygamist fathers of some of her good friends. Her relatively peaceful world is shattered when violence erupts within the ranks of the priesthood leaving her sister a widow, and Kim fears for her own life as some of her closest friends become murderers in the name of religion. In the end, her family is devastated by a tragedy fomented by an even more insidious evil.

“Kim Taylor is a gifted story teller - and what a story she tells in ‘Daughters of Zion’! Raised in a notorious polygamous sect, daily breathing in all the seductions and delusions of plural-marriage theology, Kim nevertheless couldn’t ever swallow the lie completely. Guided by a strong conscience and prodded by tragedy after tragedy she eventually broke out of the psychological prison of polygamous pseudo-religion...”
—David Kupelian, author of The Marketing of Evil

“It was curiosity about polygamy that led me to pick up this book, but it is the author’s craft at storytelling that made it impossible to put it down. Kim’s riveting, honest portrayal of her courageous search for deliverance from what she eventually recognized as dangerous dogma cloaked as religious truths, is both intriguing and inspiring”.”
—Mary Ann Cook, speaker, author of Honey I’m Home For Good!

“An unbelievable story, told with compassion. Taylor is a natural storyteller. I couldn't put it down!”
—C. Hewitt, columnist, author of Parenting Through The Eyes Of A Child.

“In the days following his visit, I contemplated Mark Chynoweth’s warning. For years he had been like a kind and cheerful brother to me–was he now capable of extreme violence in the name of religion? Two terrible questions loomed in my mind above all others: Would Mark actually kill for Ervil? Would he even try to kill me? Rumors that Ervil’s congregation
had taken blood covenants with one another, promising to carry out his murderous death threats, chilled my heart and filled me with dread.”
From Daughters of Zion: A Family’s Conversion to Polygamy

About the Author

Kim Taylor resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their youngest son. She has four grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1203 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615257011
  • Publisher: Rogue Hill Publishing LLC; first edition (29 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UBCEP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 5 Jan 2014
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I've read other books about extreme mormon cults and this one was the least interesting. I was really disappointed and wouldn't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 5 April 2013
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Fantastic reading...happy and sad, just couldn't stop reading it...would greatly recommend if interested in true stories..Kim Taylor is a brave woman who shares her life with the reader throughout the book x
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What a compulsive read once I started reading I couldn't put the book down, I felt as if I was there seeing what I was reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will not be able to put down. 28 Feb 2009
By J. Avalos - Published on
Kim Taylor's life started out typically enough in small town America in the 50's and early 60's. Until the day her family became caught up in the LeBaron clan's fundamentalist cult, whose leader saw himself as a "prophet of God".

Joel LeBaron's charisma and seeming goodness drew people to him and involved them in his plan to create a "heaven on earth" at his colony in Mexico. He, along with brothers Ervil and Verlan convinced their followers that is was God's will that they live a polygamous lifestyle.

Taking lust and trying to turn it into a Biblical principle caused nothing but pain and emptiness for the many wives and children involved.

Power struggles between brothers Joel and Ervil take Taylor's saga on a deadly turn.

In an era when most girls Kim's age were worried about what they should wear to the Prom and getting their homework done on time, Kim Taylor was often responsible for the care of her sisters' many children, running her own household, and making grownup decisions.

During an tumultuous time in Kim's life, she traveled with her parents to the states to help her grandfather. The goodness and manly strength of her grandfather and the love he had for her was in sharp contrast to what she had been experiencing in Mexico as a part of the LeBaron cult. This caused her to question everything she had been believing.

I couldn't put this book down. (I stayed up till 1:00 A.M. more that once!) It is well written and includes suspense, intrigue, romance and even murder. I felt like I was experiencing everything right along with Kim. It was a world I didn't know existed.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of Zion 30 Mar 2009
By Pamela Robarge - Published on
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After reading all the books I could get my hands on about Polygamy, the LDS and Mormonism, I found this book very refreshing. Not that the other women who had the courage to escape and then write about their horrible and harrowing life were not powerful. But this book takes you into the second generation of the cult. The children born to these men and women. Kim Taylor talks so openly and honestly about her whole life, not just bites and pieces. She brings it all together. The LeBaron brothers along with the tragedy they brought on themselves and so many others. About the life of a little girl, teenager and then a woman in the places like Colony LeBaron and Los Molinos.
She made me feel like a fly on the wall. Watching while all the other real people in all the other books I had read moved around me alive and speaking. And she did this while also writing about and dealing with her own demons. This book moved along so fast, I was at the end, sadly, before I knew it.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A RARE FIND!! 11 Feb 2009
By Hosannah Mccully - Published on
A rare nonfiction that reads like a novel. The true accounts of a young womans captivating and troubling past, made it hard to put down. I would find myself in the wee hours of the night smiling at her sweet memories and wiping away tears at her difficult ones. It is truly a moving and inspirational story. I have recommended it to all I know.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reality of Polygamy Today 26 Oct 2009
By George H. Isted - Published on
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Mind boggling! This cannot be real! But Daughters of Zion is not fiction. And this is why it is so scary!
On the one hand, Daughters of Zion is an interesting biography of a young girl, raised in a normal mainstream Mormon family in Utah, as she grows up in modern-day Mormon polygamist commune after her family decided to convert to a new brand of Mormonism. Kim's writing style makes you feel like you are sitting at the kitchen table as she tells you about what she did only yesterday. All of her friends and relatives become your friends and relatives, making it easy for the reader to relate to the concept of relatives in a polygamist community.
But more importantly, it is the most candid description of life in a Mormon polygamist commune ever. Told from the eyes of a little girl as she grew up, a child whose own mother was not even a Mormon, allows Kim to put the things she experienced into crystal clear perspective.
Differences between the modern mainstream Mormon Church and those of the traditional Mormon Church condemned by American society become clear. But this is not a book about the 19th century. It is about today! So more importantly, the difference between the contemporary Mormon Church and the few remaining polygamist colonies, both inside the U.S. and those in Mexico and Latin America, are revealed.
Based on this detailed description of the day to day experiences of an innocent girl, it is easy to understand many of the incomprehensible events of the late 20th and 21st centuries which continue to occur sporadically in both the United States and Latin America with increasingly regularity. As I continued to read, my blood went cold as I connected Kim's descriptions to some of America's recent cult-related tragedies.
One final piece of advice. Just when you think Kim is starting to cool down at the end, she isn't. Read to the final end. It will bring you back to Kim's real world.
I give Daughters of Zion 6 stars out of 5!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 19 Jan 2009
By D. Allen - Published on
When I first started reading this book I was immediately struck with the freshness and charm of the first few chapters. THEN the truly intriguing tale began! I simply could not put this book down as the fascinating details of Kim's unimaginable new life in a polygamous colony are revealed. Simply an extremely captivating and amazingly unusual true story!
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