Book Review: Escape
Escape is an autobiographical story of surviving and prevailing against overwhelming odds. It's not your typical survival book. There is no wilderness, no wild animals, no devastating natural disaster. It's the story of a young woman, Carolyn Jessop, who was born into and raised in a polygamous cult, the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS). This is not the LDS/Mormon Church. This group splintered off in the late 1800's when the Mormons disavowed polygamy. Neither recognizes the other as legitimate. You probably remember the raids on the FLDS compound and the manhunt and arrest of their leader, Warren Jeffs, a couple years ago.
Carolyn Jessop was born into the FLDS. Her family had been a part of it for generations. At 18, she was forced into a plural marriage with a powerful member, Merril Jessop, and over the next fifteen years, had eight children by him and suffered incredible psychological abuse at the hands of him, his older wives, and eventually, even her own family.
She eventually escaped, and contributed to the criminal and civil charges that brought down Jeffs, weakened the cult's power, and helped countless other wives and children.
Carolyn Jessop has amazing fortitude and mental strength that gave her the insight to learn that her life was not as it should be and that she had to escape in order to survive.
If you are interested in the psychological survival of those trapped by cults, or about the dirty backstory of apocalyptic religions, I recommend Escape for your library.
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