Thursday, May 8, 2008

Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

No, I'm not a polygamist's wife and I don't have shattered dreams. But I just read a book by that title and highly recommend it. I finished it in three days because I couldn't put it down.

With all the current news about the polygamist sect in Texas, it was fascinating to read one woman's account of what the lifestyle is like from the inside. 1 man + 10 wives + 56 children = abject poverty, constant moving, a life of instability and unhappiness. Without question, the women are miserable. And given the circumstances, I can't imagine that the man's life would have been much better. He is rarely home, forced to travel to find work. Yet sacrifices are made again and again with the idea of earning spots in Heaven. Despite living hell on earth.

Fascinating read.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

If you enjoyed this, another really good book on the issue of polygamy is What Peace There May Be by Susanna Barlow. It's a memoir of her childhood years growing up as the middle child (out of 46) in a polygamous family. Her story brings the effects of polygamy on the children to light in a way that only the telling of the story from a child's perspective can.

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