Yes, I bought Carolyn Jessop's book, Escape, and read it in three days. She escaped from the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints) and her story is unbelievable. She was forced to marry a 55-year-old man at 18 years old and become his fourth wife, and by the time she was 30, she had eight children. I could talk about the insanity of this cult for days because that is exactly what it is...insane. The following are a few examples why, just in case you wanted a brief book report:
1. The color red is forbidden because it is reserved for Jesus. When Jesus returns, he will do so in a red robe, and wearing that color prior to his second coming is unholy.
2. The only way a woman can get to heaven is if her husband allows her to.
3. Warren Jeffs, who is now in prison for dozens of reasons, is the voice of Jesus Christ.
4. TV's and radios are banned, and most members of FLDS had no idea about 9/11.
5. If a woman or child becomes ill, it is because they have sinned and are full of guilt. Medical attention is rare because "they deserve it."
6. Women get assigned a husband that they usually do not meet until the day of her wedding. The women are usually between 16 and 18 years old, while their husbands are in their fifties or sixties and already have 8-10 wives each.
7. Believers equate obedience with salvation, and husbands brutally abuse their wives and children to teach obedience.
8. Men are intoxicated by their own power and need at least three wives to get into heaven. If he does well in heaven, he can eventually become a god and wind up with his own planet.
9. Women cannot go into town without being accompanied by their husband. Before entering the same room as her husband, she is to pray to God that he would put the same spirit on her as on her husband.
10. Sex is only used for procreation, and a man had the right to treat one wife better than another if she was more worthy of love.
Those are only a few of the crazy things I could think of off the top of my head. Anyway, Carolyn Jessop literally risked the lives of her eight children and herself to escape from the FLDS, and if she would have been caught, she and her children would most certainly have been beaten to death for being rebellious and disobedient. It is a great book and very interesting. Go ahead and read it and lets talk about it.
I wanted to do more research on my own and watch video footage of the raid in Texas that occurred last year at the FLDS compound, but before I got around to it, I received Tweak in the mail and had to start reading it immediately. I am sure I could be filling my mind with much more wholesome readings, but I'm enjoying reading about these extreme situations. I would also like to welcome anybody to recommend a good book to me. Even though I am extremely annoyed at bold fonts, I wanted to emphasize that sentence because I believe that recommended books are the best.
Enough about books and on to more relevant items for the day. My big brother Drew has asked me to write a feature story about him. I don't think he realizes that blogs do not require AP style writing or much thought at all, but I am going to take his request seriously, and will dedicate my next post to him. You are going to love it. I am going to make everybody want to meet Drew Maxwell and wish he was your big brother too. This blog could easily be dedicated to how incredibly awesome my entire family is, but I guess Drew thinks he deserves his own story. If anybody has any stories or pictures of Drew you would like see posted on the world wide web, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And something incredible has happened on this day of January 27, 2009. Cayden Hunter Hogue made his grand debut this afternoon, weighing in at six pounds, seven ounces. Cayden is the brand new son of Jaysen and Jennifer Hogue of New Albany, the latter being my college roommate. I asked Jaysen how Jennifer's labor went in a text message, and he replied, "Easy, she didn't feel a thing." That being said, Jennifer is going to have to teach me how to go through labor, because that seems like a good way to do it. No, I am not pregnant, but that doesn't keep me from wondering how excruciating of an experience it must be. Cayden is one lucky little guy, because Jennifer and Jaysen are going to be excellent parents, and he is going to have two wonderful sets of grandparents, both of whom I have gotten to know pretty well over the years. Happy Birthday, Cayden. I can't wait to meet you. I'm going to make sure Uncle Arnie accompanies me when I visit you in hopes that he will have a sudden change of heart and realizes he is ready to have a baby just like you.
And I believe thats all. More to come tomorrow.