The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with. Escape is undoubtedly one of the most bizarre memoirs you are ever likely to Written by Carolyn Jessop, a woman who was born into the. A member of Warren Jeff’s fundamentalist cult, Jessop talks about escaping a brutal life, what it was like being one wife of many, and why she.

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After all, her own father had three wives by the time she was in fourth grade.

The prophet is above all, All of us, myself included, believed that Uncle Rulon was the true prophet of God, escapw we would never dream of criticizing anything he said or did. Those who think the State of Texas acted too overzealously would do well to read this book. The FLDS does not make it easy for a woman to get out.

The book also helped me better understand one of my favorite HBO shows This book was not particularly well written, but I give it four stars because I found it engrossing.

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I was just shocked. I thought I wanted to choose this book to read for book club but I have changed my mind. Jessop’s disturbing recitation of how things got even worse after Warren Jeffs rose to power is also chilling reminder of how easily blind obedience to irrational doctrines can be horrifically abused by ambitious, power-hungry men like Jeffs. I was interested in reading it with all of the “YFZ” stuff on the news. Carolyn finally fears for her children enough to escape and become the first woman in history to win full custody of her children, against a powerful man of the FLDS faith.

You were 18 when you were told you were going to be the fourth wife of Merril Jessop, a year-old leader of the FLDS. Children are supposed to be gifts from God but you smack them around and beat them. I asked one mother if she thought the sore on ecape son’s head could be chickenpox. There’s not enough money to go around.


Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. I didn’t want to get married.


They sewed an image of the St. Jun 02, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: See all 4 questions about Escapeā€¦. Because hate and exclusions are inherent in the very premises of the “Holy”. She tells of being married off to a 50 year old man at the age of 18 and the rape and mental abuse she endured by him and his family, as well as feeliing helpless to protect the 8 children she would go on to be forced to have with him 3 pregnancies of which almost killed her, one child of which struggled with cancer of the spine.

We’d go to the movies and everybody would stare at us on the line. I found these details to be both horrifying and fascinating. And once again, I get nervous over doctrines of obedience. The FLDS, which emerged in the s as a fundamentalist offshoot of the Mormon church, holds that God has ordained polygamy and not only that, but that it is a requirement for anyone who wishes to attain the highest level of heaven.

They thought they could get away with more” but “Texas is not going to be a ejssop that’s as tolerant of these crimes as Arizona and Utah have been.

Even the local police officers are members of the cult and will not support a wife who seeks to emancipate herself or her family. I still have it 24 years later. It’s life lived amongst vastly “unequal” members who are yet classified family.


For example, at least the fact that the FLDS has a major presence in the local police force thus making it hard to escspeis mentioned several times. She is sometimes very harsh in her judgment of these women, when I was feeling that they all deserve quite a bit of sympathy. Buy the Audiobook Download: It is opression, manipulation, and totalitarianism at its worst.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Esscape riveting book reminds us that truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction. Oct 16, Pages. At first she was curt and guarded but eventually she opened up enough to have a casual friendship.


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I devoured it and plan on passing it on to my mother and sister to read. Sep 01, Ever rated it it was amazing. Please provide an email address. They will keep your children. Mar 22, Gina rated it it was amazing Shelves: He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse at her own peril. There is so much pain in this book, and much more than I highlighted here. Please try again later.

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Even the local police were members of the FLDS and would not interfere with another man’s right to run his family as he saw fit, no matter how visible the bruises. All human beings are equal but all cultures and religions are not. The story is compelling.