Thursday, May 08, 2014

New Book Review: Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies

Well I received this book from NetGalley for a honest review. 

Well all I can say is that this book is an eye opener. I am not surprised that this sort of stuff happens as my Mom had once told me about it, very vaguely though, I think from coming home driving through Colorado city. I feel Kristyn did a great job on writing a story about her life, in her opinion, it is her story, and it is very interesting how she over came all the obstacles that she had to endure during her first 50 years.  I love reading books about peoples lives, it is always very interesting to me. I feel bad for the wives who had to struggle like single parents to raise their families while there "husbands" were off trying to another wife or working to support their family. and for their children, so many children and so much abusive. Not everyone lives like the Sister Wives do or the My Five Wives shows., of course we don't really know how they feel emotional about their situation, it is all they know. 
If you at all interested in reading how this sheltered lifestyle can be detrimental to women and to men as well, this book is really good to read. 

Here is what is says on GoodReads about this book:
There is much ado about polygamy these days. Media coverage, HBO's Big Love, TLC's Sister Wives, the acts committed by cult leader Warren Jeffs and his followers--all of these keep a slew of polygamy-related issues at the forefront of society. But none can depict the ongoing, daily atrocities and heartaches that are hidden behind the scenes, behind closed doors, within the hearts and souls of thousands of smiling faces.

Kristyn Decker's memoir recounts the harsh realities of being born and raised in the second largest polygamist sect in America--the Apostolic United Brethren, or the AUB (Allred Group). For five decades, Kristyn, then Sophie, was caught up in a cult of plural marriage ... and lived it until she thought it would kill her. When she finally had the courage to leave, she knew she had to share her story.

Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies describes a life of religious submission, lies, secrets, poverty, abuse, jealousy, depression, and loneliness. The gripping, detailed events in this book will shock you but will also inspire compassion, understanding, and perhaps even the courage to change your own life.

"Fifty Years in Polygamy is a compelling read, full of raw emotion that reveals the abuses hidden under the cloak of religion. Kristyn Decker's book depicts the cries of thousands of women across the world--another voice who through fear remained silent for too many years."

--Irene Spencer, author of New York Times bestseller

Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamous Wife(less)

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