Book Review: Church of Lies, By Flora Jessop and Paul T. Brown
In Church of Lies , Flora Jessop gives us a glimpse into the world of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) community in Colorado City, Arizona, run by the recently incarcerated 'prophet', Warren Jeffs.
Flora tell us the story of her life within the FLDS polygamist community; the lies, the abuse (physical, sexual and emotional) that are so common in these sects. Flora was beaten, raped, told she was evil, locked away for two years, and forced to marry her first cousin, before finally escaping from the clutches of FLDS, and devoting her life to helping other women leave these abusive communities. She has successfully helped several other women escape FLDS.
Though this book was a little graphic at times, and made me weep for the women who are so degraded, I found it hard to put this book down. Prior to reading this, I had no idea how bad these women had it in the FLDS of course, had heard the news stories of the trial of Warren Jeffs, but I had no idea of the severity of the problems of abuse and neglect within these communities.
The story of Flora and of the others that have escaped FLDS must be read and shared. Not only are the women in these communities abused, but these communities have become a breeding ground for sexual predators. A person becomes a product of the environment in which they live. There is no excuse for this kind of abuse to continue, though it has been, and is still happening to this very day because the FLDS has members that have an influence on government agencies that could end this tragic abomination of humanity.
I give this book five stars and highly recommend picking it up!