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This is an auction for LEAVING THE SAINTS by Martha Beck.

"Beck is an extraordinarily good writer--not that she doesn't have a lot to work with in this compelling (and controversial) memoir. After the birth of a son with Down syndrome, Beck and her family left Harvard, where she and her husband were studying for degrees, to return to Utah and the comfort of a supportive Mormon community. As the daughter of one of the leading apologists for the Mormon faith, Beck was used to being blessed by strangers for her father's work. But back in Utah and teaching at Brigham Young, her rebellious scholarship gets her in trouble with church authorities. At the same time, her revelation that her father sexually abused her leads to religious, mental, and physical breakdowns. Told in alternating chapters that find Beck confronting her 90-year-old father in a hotel room and flashing back throughout her life, the book offers a powerful testament to the stranglehold that family and faith can put on people, even when both seem to harm rather than help. The highlight, however, is the way that Beck writes about her spirituality. Even in the face of her experiences with organized religion and with her father, she is able to express her connection to God in a manner so pure that it can lift a willing reader to the place of all-encompassing love that she has found for herself. And one other thing: the book can be hilarious. In the midst of all this pain, sorrow, and deeply felt spirituality comes such humour that one can almost hear God laughing."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 2005.

306 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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