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The Witness Wore Red
The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice | Rebecca Musser
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Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs. 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. 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. 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 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. 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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AnansiGirl
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Another day another tbr 📚 Rebecca Musser‘s memoir of her escape out of the FDLS cult and taking the witness stand to save young girls from the abuse she had endured through WJ‘s religious fanaticism.

#papadontpreach #MOvember @Cinfhen

britt_brooke Good choice! This is a great read. Love that we both thought of this FLDS group. 👯‍♀️ 2mo
AnansiGirl @britt_brooke someday I‘ll muster up the time (and courage) to read this one. 2mo
Cinfhen Ive had this book on my #ReadersRadar for so long #somanybookssolittletime 2mo
AnansiGirl @Cinfhen So true with the hashtag! #neverendingtbr 2mo
Cinfhen Yup!!! Another great hashtag #NeverEndingTBR 2mo
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RachelO
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A good #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge day today - walked to a circuits class in glorious sunshine (AND remembered to put my Fitbit on before I went?👍), then a quick dash to the shops in what looked like a bit of a shower, and swiftly turned into a downpour! 💦💧💦

And started tagged book on audio. Not my usual, but I was craving non-fiction, and this has a lots of Litsy positivity. I know very little about FLDS, so I‘m finding it shocking already.

squirrelbrain Go you! Book sounds really interesting too... 8mo
julesG Damn! Why did you have to remember that fitbit. I'll never catch up with you. 😉 8mo
Itchyfeetreader Go you what a lovely day 8mo
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 8mo
bewareofwords That sounds like a successful day! 🤗 8mo
saguarosally It‘s an interesting book! 8mo
britt_brooke Great work! This is a great read. Her dad wrote a rebuttal, but I can‘t remember what it‘s called. It was a crock of 💩, though. 8mo
Bookwormjillk Great job! 8mo
Caterina Great job!! At least you got your steps in, even though the rain got you! 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 8mo
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bliophile
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Wow! This book was amazing! I listened to it on audio and i am glad i did as i may have found it a bit of a struggle to follow, and would have possibly given up. What these women went through is horrendous and i felt for them with every word i heard. I got goosebumps whenever kindness or support was shown to them - so much so i just wanted to cry for them. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Amor4Libros
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I‘m obsessed with FLDS and polygamy and I found this book dirt cheap on a Book Outlet sale a few months back and couldn‘t pass it up!

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britt_brooke
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DAY 20: Warren Jeffs is not #justacreep , he‘s a money-grubbing, brain-washing, child-abusing piece of shit. For years, he‘s controlled the Fundamentalist LDS church, largely located in the bordering towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, and the Yearning For Zion compound near Eldorado, Texas. He‘s currently in prison yet remains the FLDS leader.

#nofemmeber

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Centique Ooh one of these could make a good gift for my friend. She loves dark secrets and gripping page turners. Which one do you think would be best for that? 1y
britt_brooke @Centique Probably Prophet‘s Prey. It gives a good overall view. The writing is pretty dry, but still captivating. There‘s a documentary of the same name based on it. I read Breaking Free most recently and it‘s a good, though tough, read. The rest are pretty similar. 1y
Centique @britt_brooke thanks Britt! You‘re Santa‘s helper 🙌😍 1y
Cinfhen Ugh!!! This guy is the worst 1y
Billypar Would also work for the hashtags: #notevenJUSTacreep #creepisputtingitmildly 1y
emilyhaldi Preach! 🙌🏻 1y
REPollock Pardon my French but fuck this asshole. I lived in Cedar City UT while he was on the lam and wow, did the longtime residents have awful stuff to say about him. 1y
britt_brooke @REPollock Fuck this asshole is right. It hurts my heart knowing people still follow him. 14mo
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kelseynicburke
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I can‘t stop reading books written by ex-cult members. Wild.

Martta Can you recommend any good ones? I've been wanting to read some but just haven't encountered that many suitable ones. 😊 2y
TheDaysGoBy @Martta I second this! I've always had a fascination with cults, but only recently started thinking about reading/listening to books about them 2y
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kelseynicburke @Martta I sure can :) Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall, Escape by Carolyn Jessop, Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, Jonestown by Jeff Guinn, The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner. Also there‘s a list on bookriot called 100 must read books about life in cults and oppressive religious sects and there‘s way more on there that I haven‘t read so I‘m not sure if they‘re good or not. Enjoy! 2y
kelseynicburke @Martta also Member of the Family by Dianne Lake is good too 2y
Martta @kelseynicburke Thanks so much for the tips! I'll start from these and then see about the list. I've seen those lists as well but I'd rather have recommendations from someone who's actually read the books. 😊 This might help you as well @TheDaysGoBy 2y
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Mdargusch Are you liking this? I‘m fascinated by polygamy. 2y
Foragingfantasy @Mdargusch I am. It‘s is horrific and fascinating. Cult stories are the only non fiction I seem to read. 2y
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kaitieclark
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Finished this audio book this morning. Non fiction that reads like (or listens like) fiction is my favorite. Often, when I read about fundamental religious groups or cults, the people telling the story were in it for a short time or always on the outskirts. This story being told basically from the perspective of FLDS royalty was fascinating.

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Alicia
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First audio of 2018! An intense FLDS memoir on audio, narrated by the author. For those who follow my reading at all you know I love reading FLDS memoirs. I really liked this one because it talked about the YFZ ranch in Texas I didn‘t know much about. I will say it was a bit long, but I can understand Musser‘s need to tell her own story in her way.

britt_brooke I love FLDS reading, too. This is one of the stronger memoirs I‘ve read. I didn‘t listen to the audio, but I can imagine it was emotional. 2y
Rachellynnwright This is probably a really stupid question but what is FLDS? 2y
Alicia @britt_brooke it was!! I really liked this one too! 2y
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Alicia @Rachellynnwright not a dumb question!!! It stands for Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints. It‘s the fundamentalist Mormons who practice polygamy. 2y
Rachellynnwright Oh! I feel like I should have known that 😶 thanks for the info! This sounds interesting! 2y
Alicia @Rachellynnwright it‘s so interesting!!! I also recommend John Krakauers Under the Banner of Heaven if you want a general primer - but the memoirs are really good for that internal perspective! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Nov 19th in #NovemberByTheNumbers. Sometimes it‘s takes until #19 until someone speaks up and speaks out....honestly that‘s a long time to wait, what were the first 18 thinking?

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#augustgrrrl #familyaffair @Cinfhen

While certainly not a normal or happy family, Warren Jeff's polygamist cult is fascinating to me.
This book is still TBR, and I need to get to it soon!

Caroline2 I know what you mean, I'm always drawn to books about cults!! 🤔 2y
kendrastephaniekaryn @Caroline2 They're eerily fascinating! 2y
Cinfhen I've been curious about this book forever 2y
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flying_chipmunk I normally love books about cults, but I just had to put down Carolyn Jessop's autobiography--too heartbreaking for me right now! 2y
britt_brooke I'm kind of obsessed with this sect. Have you seen the documentary Prophet's Prey? There's a bool@of the same name but the documentary is more up to date. Crazy stuff! 2y
kendrastephaniekaryn @britt_brooke I'm obsessed too! That's a great documentary. I also enjoyed this book 2y
britt_brooke @kendrastephaniekaryn I've read that one as well. 👍🏻 2y
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TheNextBook
Pickpick

This wasn't the most well written memoir but it gets the job done. It exposes the FLDS and pulls back the curtain on many of the abuses followers, especially women, suffer from. Interesting and appalling Musser exposes all she was privy to and the way in which she personally suffered even after leaving the church. Definitely an account worth reading if you are interested in the FLDS

britt_brooke I also recommend Stolen Innocence if you haven't read it. Elissa is Musser's half sister. Very compelling story of her own. 3y
britt_brooke And this one ... 3y
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TheNextBook @britt_brooke she referenced Elissa quite a few times and mentioned that she had written a book. I'll have to check it out. 3y
TheNextBook I'm watching the documentary for Prophet's Prey right now! 3y
britt_brooke I have a bit of an obsession with Warren Jeffs and his sect of the FLDS. 3y
britt_brooke @TheNextBook The documentary is really good! You won't need to read the book then. The documentary is more thorough. 😉 3y
TheNextBook @britt_brooke did you read this?! It's what got me curious and I too have become way too fascinated by this topic. I can't help it. It is so removed from everything I have ever known! 3y
britt_brooke @TheNextBook Yes! That was my gateway to the FLDS as well. It's crazy to think that this exists in our country. It's fascinating and disturbing. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'll have to check these out. I felt similarly when I started reading about Scientology, but I haven't read any in this area yet. 3y
TheNextBook @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don't know if I can even start with scientology. I watched the Going Clear documentary and was in shock! What in the world? 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheNextBook I started with Leah Remini's Troublemaker on audiobook. She has such a unique voice and reads the book herself, so there is some humor involved... but you still leave it going What The Heck? How is this not a cult, extortion, child abuse, etc, etc? Worth the read, but yes...disturbing stuff. 3y
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TheNextBook
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Starting this today. Full disclosure: I have been obsessed with polygamy for years because I simply dont understand it and it is so far removed from anything I could imagine. Decided to read this before tackling an ARC fiction about a young girl in polygamy. This book is about Warren Jeffs, the FLDS church and the journey of the woman who would eventually speak out against the church...

ReadingEnvy For a non American perspective I can recommend 3y
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Kimberlone For a broader look at the LDS church, FLDS sect, and polygamy check out Jon Krakauer's 3y
TheNextBook @Kimberlone That book is what started it all! I could not believe what was going on and I had no idea. Have you watched Prophet's Prey? He helped with that 3y
Kimberlone @TheNextBook I have not seen the documentary...Krakauer's book was eye-opening/disturbing enough...I'm not sure if I could make it all the way through the movie. Maybe on a day when I'm feeling particularly strong emotionally. 3y
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CouronneDhiver
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I found this book riveting... the author's experience is so foreign from my own! I felt it was presented with a bias that detracted, somehow, from the inspirational nature of her story... maybe more "victim" than "victor" for my taste? Nevertheless, an excellent read!

Demanda I felt the exact same way about this book. The bias definitely took something away from the message 3y
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kaykay521
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Jeeze, reading about what these poor people have gone through all in the name of "religion" makes my blood boil. ?. Recommended reading for anyone wanting to know more about spiritual and sexual abuse in the FLDS

britt_brooke This is a great read. Her father wrote a rebuttal to this book and I read the kindle version for free. It was horrendous. 3y
CouronneDhiver Oh wow! Sounds like this is definitely worth a look 3y
saguarosally @britt_brooke I thought that was her brother. Can't find the rebuttal anymore though. 3y
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britt_brooke @saguarosally https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B015BNI7YG/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr= It's $4.99 now. I borrowed it for free a while back. It's not worth buying. The writing was pathetic and elementary. (edited) 3y
britt_brooke Have you read this one? There's a documentary of the same name and it's excellent. 3y
britt_brooke This one is good, too. 3y
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Alicia
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Some of my #feministtbr for #24in48. These are all badass amazing women who I would be honored to march with today. About to head out to our little town march in over a foot of snow! #badfeminist #pussygrabsback

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kaykay521
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As if I don't have enough to read, I'm entering @Liberty giveaway. Here's hoping I win some books, #Andawaytheygo

BookFreakOut Cinder is a fun series! 👍 And just think, if you win via giveaway then you can spend your money on other books! 3y
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saguarosally
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#setinasmalltown and what a small town Short Creek (Colorado City/Hildale) is. Creepy. #photoadaynov16 @RealLifeReading

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saguarosally
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Not sure what to think yet. Horrifying? Skeptical? Wishing I had a family tree to keep up with the FLDS, but it would look more like a tumbleweed.

Alisnazzy That's what I forgot to post in my review! Dang! I did wish she put in some sort of family tree or list in the book that we could reference. I did find myself going a little bonkers trying to remember how people were actually related. 3y
saguarosally @Ambrosnazzy I wonder how you would present a family tree like that where it would make sense and fit on a page. One person has 347 cousins, 15 of which are her aunts. How do you diagram that? 3y
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Alisnazzy
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All together, this was a good memoir of a survivor of the FLDS cult. Obviously there are some triggers (child rape, extreme misogyny), but the author is pretty careful about not getting too graphic. The only negative I have is that she uses the word "admonish" too much. It bugged me a little. Also as a non-believer, some of her personal talks w/God were a tad over the top to me, but it's not too prevalent. 4?

britt_brooke Her dad wrote a rebuttal to this. I read it for free on Amazon. It was such a horribly written piece of garbage. 3y
britt_brooke I'm also a non-believer but you probably already knew that. 😉 3y
saguarosally I'm just amazed at how much of the group remains. 3y
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BookishFeminist I read a really affecting memoir earlier this year of a escapee of a polygamist cult in Mexico- I highly recommend it if you haven't read it! There aren't really any "talks with God" so to speak, as I'm a non-believer too and it didn't bother me and they often do. 3y
Alisnazzy @BookishFeminist thanks for the recommendation. It's been added to my TBR list 😊 3y
becausetrains Reminds me of a much earlier memoir from back when the LDS itself allowed plural marriages: 3y
cariashley Jon Krakauer's book on the FLDS is also really good. I listened to it before going to my close Mormon friend's wedding in Utah last year, maybe not the best choice (am def not a believer) 😳 3y
britt_brooke @BookishFeminist @becausetrains I'm adding both of those. Thanks! 3y
britt_brooke @cariashley That is the first FLDS book I ever read and it started a bizarre fascinations. I would also recommend Prophet's Prey (and the documentary of the same name). It's about the capture of Warren Jeffs. 3y
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Alisnazzy
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Having a hard time getting to sleep tonight. Someone else...not so much. Taking a short break from The History of the Medieval World (a great book, but so fast-paced I just needed to slow it down for a couple hours.)

CherylDeFranceschi ❤️😻! 3y
LauraBeth Awwww 😻😻 3y
MrBook 😻 3y
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Chele
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This book was horrifying and hopeful and riveting and compelling all at once. I could barely put it down. And I want to be best friends with Rebecca. She is so determined and gutsy. An awesome woman to read about.