Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, all in front of their grieving families. But as she matured and began to challenge some of the church's tenets, she was unceremoniously cast out from the church and permanently cut off from her family and from everyone else she knew and loved.

Banished is the story of lauren's fight to find herself amidst dramatic changes in a world of extremists and a life in exile. The wbc is fervently anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti- practically everything and everyone. But when her formerly liberal and secular father set out to produce a documentary about the WBC, his detached interest gradually evolved into fascination, and he moved the entire family to Kansas to join the church and live on their compound.

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church #ad - . Now a new york times bestseller you've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. And they aren't going anywhere: in March, the U. S. Over the next seven years, Lauren fully assimilated their extreme beliefs, and became a member of the church and an active and vocal picketer. Supreme court ruled in favor of the WBC's right to picket funerals.

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Girl on a Wire: Walking the Line Between Faith and Freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church

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Skyhorse #ad - In girl on a wire, libby is candid about her experience and what’s happened since her escape. You’ve driven past its picketers or seen them on TV. It has seventy members and ninety percent of them are part of Libby’s family. She didn’t tell her family she was leaving. She is the granddaughter of its founder, and when she left, Fred Phelps, the church and its values were all she’d known.

Its members are known for their boisterous picketing—their zealous members with anti-military, ” “God Hates Jews, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay signs—“Thank God for Dead Soldiers, ” or “Thank God for 9/11”—and their notorious catchphrase “God hates fags. Search for them online and you’re directed to their website, www.

Girl on a Wire: Walking the Line Between Faith and Freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church #ad - Godhatesfags. Com. The church makes headlines in news across the country. This unusual memoir presents a rare, and is an astonishing story of strength, bravery, inside look into a notorious cult, and determination. They picket concerts, football games, most notoriously, other churches, and, the funerals of servicemen and victims of hate crimes.

It happened in just a few minutes; she ran into her house, grabbed a bag, and fled. Despite it all, she cares for her family.

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I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape from---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult

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St. Martin's Press #ad - With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, which issues degrees of questionable value while making vast sums of money for its founders- The way the IFB influences politics on the local, state, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations including: - The disturbing world of abuse within the IFB and doctors and teachers who cater exclusively to church members and fail to report physical and sexual abuse- The IFB-controlled Bob Jones University, and national level, and protects its abusive culture under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion .

A compelling memoir and account of the Independent Fundamental Baptist church and its shocking history of religious abuse. Jocelyn zichterman was born, raised, married into, and finally, with her family, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist church. Founded by the fiery preacher bob jones, a subservience for women, with several hundred thousand members, IFB congregants are told they must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals, with an emphasis on secrecy, insular marriages within the church, and unusual child raising practices.

I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape from---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult #ad - In i fired god, exposing a cult-like atmosphere of corruption, greed, Jocelyn Zichterman systematically details the IFB's disturbing history, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanor America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on 19 Kids and Counting disguises the truth about the darker side of the church.

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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization. The activist and ted speaker megan phelps-roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in AmericaAt the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

Soon, however, dialogue on twitter caused her to begin doubting the church’s leaders and message: If humans were sinful and fallible, how could the church itself be so confident about its beliefs? As she digitally jousted with critics, she started to wonder if sometimes they had a point—and then she began exchanging messages with a man who would help change her life.

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church #ad - A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy.

As phelps-roper grew up, she saw that church members were close companions and accomplished debaters, applying the logic of predestination and the language of the King James Bible to everyday life with aplomb—which, as the church’s Twitter spokeswoman, she learned to do with great skill.

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Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside

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HarperElement #ad - Alone, and grappling to come to terms with an unbelievable sense of betrayal, she was stuck in a kind of limbo – confused and unable to feel part of either way of life. Natacha is one of the lucky ones; not all of her family survived the battle to shed the shame and pain of their past. Natacha never expected to live to adulthood.

At the age of 18 natacha escaped, but quickly found herself hurtling through a world she had no understanding of. To date over 40 ex-children of God members of Natacha’s generation have committed suicide. All natacha ever wanted was to feel normal, but escaping the cult was only the beginning. Natacha tormey was born into the infamous religious cult known as The Children of God.

Abused, and brainwashed by ‘The Family’, exploited, Natacha’s childhood was stolen. Born to french hippy parents attracted to the religious movement by the unusual mix of evangelical Christianity, free love and rejection of the mainstream, from an early age Natacha was brainwashed to believe she had a special destiny – that she was part of an elite children’s army bestowed with superpowers that would one day save the world from the Anti-Christ.

Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside #ad - Torn away from their parents, Natacha and her siblings were beaten on a daily basis and forced to sing and dance for entertainment in prisons and malls. Shocking, this is natacha’s full story; it is both a personal tale of trauma and recovery, but ultimately inspiring, moving, and an exposé of the secret world of abuse hidden behind commune walls.

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Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future

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Convergent Books #ad - I was raised in a homegrown, street preaching, fundamentalist Christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, and the King James Version of the Bible. Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her.

To leave. In her memoir, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: when is spiritual zeal a gift, and when is it a trap? What happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? And how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.

Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future #ad - Selah. A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire. Elizabeth esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings to “break her will”. I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away.

Verily, verily i say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable. Includes reading group discussion guide and interview with the author.

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Lost Boy

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Broadway Books #ad - Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10, 000-strong community. In the polygamous fundamentalist church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints FLDS, but boys are expendable, girls can become valuable property as plural wives, even a liability.

Tragically, brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world. But he knew that behind the group’s pious public image—women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips—lay a much darker reality.

Lost Boy #ad - Now brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become “lost boys” when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion. Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield—the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it.

So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former flds member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet’s compound—and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - The following year, rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.

Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. Covered head-to-toe in strict, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, modest clothing, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs.

The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice #ad - Rebecca musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Always seeking to be an obedient priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages.

The witness wore red is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.

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Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical Faith

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She Writes Press #ad - Raw and illuminating, once you go in is a coming-of-age tale about the beauty and danger of absolute faith, and the stories people tell themselves to avoid their deepest fears. She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Soon, she is on fire for God. Carly gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town.

She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastor’s every word―and it’s not until her life is burnt to the ground that she finds the courage to leave.

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Daughter of Gloriavale: My Life in a Religious Cult

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Allen & Unwin #ad - When her parents fled with their children, Lilia was forced to make a desperate choice: to stay or to leave. In this personal account, Lilia Tarawa exposes the shocking secrets of the cult, with its rigid rules and oppressive control of women. In the outside world, Lilia struggled. No matter what she chose, she would lose people she loved.

Would she be damned to hell for leaving? how would she learn to navigate this strange place called 'the world'? And would she ever find out the truth about the criminal convictions against her grandfather? She describes her fear when her family questioned Gloriavale's beliefs and practices.

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When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back

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St. Martin's Press #ad - In addition to coercing young girls into polygamous marriages with older men, Jeffs reputedly took scores of wives, many of whom were his father's widows. In when men become gods, new york Times bestselling author Stephen Singular casts a light on a dark corner of religious extremism. Television, and newspapers were shunned, radio, creating a hidden community where polygamy was prized above all else.

But in 2007, after a two-year manhunt that landed him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, Jeffs's reign was forcefully ended. It was a movement championed by law enforcement, and perhaps most vocal of all, the Feds, private investigators, a group of former polygamous wives seeking to liberate young women from the arranged marriages they'd once endured.

When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back #ad - He reveals a group of fundamentalists operating in the present-day United States, where teenage girls are kept in virtual bondage in the name of upholding the "sacred principle" of polygamy. As the leader and self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, a sect of Mormonism based in isolated southern Utah, Warren Jeffs held sway over thousands of followers for nearly a decade.

His rule was utterly tyrannical. The book offers new revelations into a nearly impenetrable enclave-a place of nineteenth-century attire, and eerie seclusion-providing readers with a rare glimpse into a tradition that's almost a century old, inbreeding, but that has only now been exposed. He was convicted of rape as an accomplice for his role in arranging a marriage between a fourteen-year-old girl and her nineteen-year-old first cousin.

In when men become gods, edgar award nominee Stephen Singular traces Jeffs's rise to power and the concerted effort that led to his downfall.

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