Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

My Life as A Polygamist's Wife

eBook - 2007
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Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in marrying her brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron, becoming his second wife. When the government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona, Irene and her family fled to Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781599950280
1599950286
9781599950303
1599950308
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: viii, 385 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Staggerwing
Feb 16, 2014

Sad. Disgusting. Outrageous. Incredible. Nauseating. Believable.

Irene Spence suffered over a quarter of a century in a plural marriage before she finally came to realize she needed to follow her own common sense.

This cult has and still is destroying the lives of young women and children. And it's being supported by the American taxpayers. Places of rescue should be created to give these severely abused women a safe place to seek shelter.

Hard to stomach but a necessary read.

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jcjen
Jan 25, 2012

true story, many details describing events linking BC, USA and Mexico. Very impacting and gives you an understanding as to why the women stay. Brave woman to write this book.

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Scootermom
Jul 05, 2011

This is a very detailed account of the first few decades of the life of a God-fearing Mormon young woman. While the story is certainly fascinating material for those not familiar with the Mormon beliefs of plural marriage, the tragic events experienced by the author become somewhat repetitive in their description. Only a few remarks at the beginning and in the final chapters of the book show the author's change of heart regarding her faith, when she realizes that the core principles are based on inequality between men and women. It seems almost unbelievable that the author's abject poverty, deplorable health conditions, while suffering through a dozen or so pregnancies and births, is something that was experienced by a woman in twentieth century North America.

mattsam Jul 04, 2011

Interesting look into the lifestyle..well written but a sad story

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