Audio version is excellent!!
A disturbing account of how accepted truths in a modern church simply don't hold up to scrutiny. Of note is how the Mormon Church took a hit in credibility when the parchment thought to have been the source for the Pearl of Great Price turned out to actually be the Book of the Dead. The author, practically born into Mormon royalty, also relives the horrors of being raped by her father as young as age five, and to also learn her father faked most of his sources in his commentaries about Mormon scholarship, which eventually led to Martha Beck quitting the LDS church (as did her husband). Whether one regards Mormonism to be a cult or not, Beck's self-account is a reminder one shouldn't always things at face value.
I highly recommend this book. Beck does a masterful job of revealing her growth and development in a closed community that brooks little challenge or rebellion of any kind. It happens to be the Mormon Church, but it could be any one of a number of communities keeping members on a short leash and fed a constant diet of dogma. The shunning and coercion brought to bear on Beck, and also her family, is a chilling, mind-boggling portion of the book.
Beck also carefully and respectfully exposes the reader to her own growing consciousness and memories of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, its links to her eating disorder and anxiety, and what happens when she confronts him.
Extremely sad and uplifting at the same time. A real page-turner.
This book would more accurately be categorized as fiction, since it is a mixture of fact and fancy.
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