When Men Become Gods – Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back –by Stephen Singular
Illustrations: Yes (b/w photos)
Suitable for eReaders: Yes
I have read a few books by and about some of the women who escaped the polygamist lifestyle, and all of them were riveting. However, they were primarily about the women, and this book is primarily about Warren Jeffs and how he controlled his people, and, ultimately, how his downfall was brought about.
It took me two days to read this book. Had I forgone food and sleep, it would have been a "one sit read." I found it very interesting reading the backstory of how Jeffs was eventually captured, and his church brought down.
If you have ever watched the TV series, Big Love, and thought to yourself that polygamy isn't all that bad, after all, they're all consenting adults, I can only say to you to do some serious reading. Read Carolyn Jessop's book, Escape; read When Men Become Gods.
And if you think it can't be so bad, or the women would leave, think again. If they have been taught that leaving is not only evil, but condemning their very souls to Hell, if they are beaten and held against their will until they "keep sweet," if they have never known any other life, or even of any other life because their education is controlled (read: nonexistent), they have no radios, televisions, libraries, etc., if they have no way to earn a living, how do they know they can leave.
And what about the Lost Boys who are thrown out as uneducated young teens because they are competing for the girls for wives?
It is nothing more, nor less, than religious terrorism in our country. Radical, fundamentalist Islam is no different than the FLDS.
When Men Become Gods. Buy it. Read it.