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Escape, by Carolyn Jessop (with Laura Palmer)

Posted Monday, June 27, 2011, at 3:31 PM

Carolyn Jessop grew up in an FLDS Polygamist community. Though her mother suffered from depression and was prone to violence, Carolyn did not associate this with her religion. From her grandmother, she learned to take pride in her religion. She was raised to believe that they were God's chosen people and that husbands would be fair to their wives in plural marriages. She had dreams of becoming a pediatrician someday. Though the only working women she knew in her community were nurses or teachers, she dreamed that she could achieve this and be a role model to other girls.

When she was eighteen, she was arranged in marriage to Merril Jessop. She became the fourth wife to a man 32 years older than her. Carolyn Jessop paints a vivid picture of the emotional abuse she experienced being treated as little more than Merril Jessop's property and being subject to mistreatment based on the jealousy of Merril's favorite wife, Barbara. Through the course of her marriage, she gave birth to eight children. Ultimately, she came to the realization that even if she believed in her religion, its leadership had become corrupt, and she and her children were in danger. While her husband was away, she fled with her eight children.

This book really inspired me. What is most amazing is that regardless of her circumstances, Carolyn was always looking for an opportunity to make things better, whether it was studying how to get into her husband's favor or how to keep her children out of the reach of the other abusive wives. When her seventh child had severe health problems, she started stock piling his medicine, so that when they had an opportunity to escape, he would have enough until they could get assistance. You have to admire her courage. While her church told her it was her disobedience to her religion that caused her child's health problem, she listened to her heart, which told her that the FLDS leadership (under Rulon Jeffs) was cruel and selfish. What's more, she had the will to fight it. I give this book a B+, and I heartily recommend it for anyone who needs a dose of inspiration on how to overcome a desperate situation.


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Sounds like a good read.

The distortion of the Bible, and Jesus's teachings by religious leaders is nothing short of amazing.

The Crusades were justified by Christians even though Christians were massacred in the Holy Lands, the Nazis justified mass murder with their version of Christianity, and slavery in the U.S. was even justified by some in the name of Christ.

In Matthew 22:34 Jesus is asked "What is the greatest of the Commandments?" in order to trick him. His answer is what we should remember and adhere to as Christians.

I could only find one "N" author that I have read and liked. "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. I enjoyed the book, and it's very well written (winner of the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1978). Setting is in the early 1970s which means more to those of us who have a memory of those years. But it's a fairly long book at 640 pages.

Your kids are lucky to have you encouraging them to read.

-- Posted by Boomer62 on Tue, Jun 28, 2011, at 10:35 AM

I read Lucifer's Hammer many years ago and I remember I did enjoy it because Pournelle & Niven are favorites of mine. I will add LH to my list of books to reread. Your statement ". . .I could only find one "N" author that I have read and liked. "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. . . ." left me confused. That got me to thinking. I read a lot of books but other than Niven I could not think of ONE other author whose name begins with an N. About like the riddle someone posed over coffee the other day "how many English words end in gry?"

-- Posted by Big Chief on Tue, Jun 28, 2011, at 11:01 AM

640 pages! Might have to wait on that one. I picked up "What is Left the Daughter," by Howard Norman at the library. I'm not really hooked yet, but it's short--around 200 pages. I can hear one of my high school English teachers taunting me now about always picking short books for book reports. "It doesn't do you any good to pick a short book if it's not interesting enough to keep you reading!" Yeah, yeah. :)

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 12:04 PM


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