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The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman& #8217; s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn& #8217; s heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband& #8217; s psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.

Carolyn& #8217; s every move was dictated by her husband& #8217; s whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse& #8212; at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife& #8217; s compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to hername.

Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop& #8217; s flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. 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. And in 2006, her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.

Synopsis:

A woman forced into a plural marriage as a teenager with a man thirty-two years her senior describes growing up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the years of psychological abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, her ultimate decision to escape with her eight children, and her successful battle with the church over custody of her children. 75,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.

Carolyn's every move was dictated by her husband's whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be trea

About the Author

CAROLYN JESSOP was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a group splintered from and renounced by the Mormon Church, and spent most of her life in Colorado City, Arizona, the main base of the FLDS. Since leaving the group in 2003, she has lived in West Jordon, Utah, with her eight children. LAURA PALMER is the author of Shrapnel in the Heart and collaborated on five other books, the most recent being To Catch a Predator with NBC's Chris Hansen. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767928472
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Author:
Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer
Author:
Laura Palmer
Author:
Jessop, Carolyn
Author:
Palmer, Laura
Author:
Carolyn Jessop
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Colorado
Subject:
Mormon women
Subject:
Arranged marriage
Subject:
Mormon fundamentalism.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Christianity-Mormon Controversial Literature
Subject:
Christianity - Mormonism
Subject:
Religion Western-Cults
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071016
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
413

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Biography » General
Biography » Religious
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Relationships
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
Religion » Christianity » Cults and the Occult
Religion » Christianity » Mormon » Mormonism

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Product details 413 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780767928472 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A woman forced into a plural marriage as a teenager with a man thirty-two years her senior describes growing up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the years of psychological abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, her ultimate decision to escape with her eight children, and her successful battle with the church over custody of her children. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy.

Carolyn's every move was dictated by her husband's whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be trea

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