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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice Kindle Edition
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Rebecca (Becky) Musser's book is hard to put down, extremely easy to read in terms of style, and so full of information I hadn't read before because she was one of the first of Rulon Jeffs's 'young wives', and therefore at the very heart of the organisation. She was privy to major decisions, watched as - even on her 'Honeymoon' - Rulon Jeffs married a succession of younger women, and was able to see the workings of the people surrounding him, including the notorious Warren Jeffs - as he pushed his way to the top, and manipulated everyone around him.
I haven't finished reading the book yet: intriguing and absorbing as it is, I measure how much I subject myself to at any one time, so that it doesn't become overwhelming and sadden me too much, but I absolutely recommend reading her book. I've read Carolyn Jessop's and Becky's sister's book, and I would have to say that I am finding this the most satisfying read. That is not to detract from the others - which were amazing, especially Carolyn's, as it was the first I read of its kind - but Becky's book is very well written and edited.
With the issues she is revealing - which are hard to take in today's enlightened Western society - it really has its place as one of the foremost books on the subject, not least because of her position, and ultimately, how she has brought the subject to the world's attention due to her "privileged" (??!) position at the top.
Well done, Becky, for turning your abuse into a major force for good, positivity, and enlightenment for others.
Throughout the book, you see the control the men have over the lives of the women. The women have no control over who they marry, or over their bodies when they do marry, and their salvation is held above their head as the stick to force them to total obedience.
It's heart-breaking to read, and shocking that people can be so subjugated in a Western country such as the United States: young girls forced to marry men older than their fathers, even as they're sobbing, and having their spirit "bred" out of them (as the FLDS phrase goes). With her place at the top of the cult (apparently "privileged", but with no ability to travel freely, and constantly-monitored, I'd question the term), she was able to see the machinations of the cult up close, making her testimony incredibly valuable for anybody reading about the FLDS.
It's an absorbing but horrific read. It's very emotionally-difficult to read some of the details, especially regarding the abuses of notorious cult-leader Warren Jeffs, whose rise to power and manipulation is laid bare here.
Musser writes very well, and it's inspiring to see how she overcame a background of such abuse to speak against the leaders of the cult, and against oppression in general.
Recommended for scholars and people interested in the FLDS, but expect an emotional punch.
YES.. I enjoyed it but please, read the other 2 books as well before you believe everything you see!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It must be very easy to become drawn into a cult; I would imagine being told what to do, how to act and what to believe is the draw that makes you feel a part of something. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really good book, and gives a fantastic insight into the Mormon church.Published 4 months ago by at0791
brillant read great insight into life of a poligmous wife and her struggles after her excape couldnt put it downPublished 6 months ago by swiper
I have read the book 'Escape' written by Rebecca's sister Elyssa and just like that book I often found myself open mouthed with shock at the treatment of women within the FLDS... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ali Bob
These cults all abuse women and are presided over by men. They are money making scams.Published 9 months ago by pacopuds
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