Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement [NOOK Book]

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Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships. Irene's first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives. Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven.

The hard knocks of her environment were just the ...
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Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement

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Overview

Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships. Irene's first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives. Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven.

The hard knocks of her environment were just the beginning of Irene's shocking tale. Insanity ran rampant in her husband's family and was the source of inconceivable events that unfolded throughout Irene's adult life. CULT INSANITY takes readers deeper into her story to uncover the outrageous behavior of her brother-in-law Ervil -- a self-proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order -- and how he terrorized their colony. Claiming to be God's avenger and to have a license to kill in the name of God, Ervil ordered the murders of friends and family members, eliminating all those who challenged his authority.

For those who were gripped by Shattered Dreams, the rest of the story will blow them away. CULT INSANITY is a riveting, terrifying memoir of polygamist life under the tyranny of a madman.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599952130
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 8/12/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 112,148
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Irene Spencer came from four generations of polygamy and was the second of ten wives. She is currently an inspirational speaker, serving as a keynote speaker for "rescue missions," church congregations, women's centers, and other groups and events throughout the country as invited.

Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    Eye Opening Story

    Just looking at the title I wanted to see what this book was all about. Yeah, I am one of those people who wonder what goes on in the minds of others. And to know that people choose to take some paths that seem skewed to us makes me all the more interested. Irene Spencer was raised believing polygamy was the only way for a woman to go to heaven. So I As children we follow what our parents and those around them tell us is true. So the norm may be different as we are raised. Taking that into account I was still amazed at the life this woman led. Being on of ten wives and bearing 13 of her husbands 58 children, Irene lived in abject poverty and most often without her husband anywhere around. She was left in the hands of a man who's beliefs were ever growing of his greatness and power. The women who were left in his charge (and their children) never had enough to see a way out of their situation.

    Irene gives us a detailed account of what her life was like. And the insanity of the self appointed leader of this group. From her start as a very young second wife sharing a 3 room hut to seeing a growing community who bought into one man's beliefs of him being a prophet. She continues on to tell of his demands on the community til he finally has people being put to death for not complying with him. Her fears and race to out run her very own death sentence while trying to save her children and others in the community had me at the very edge of my seat.

    I will say this is a look inside the mentality of how a cult starts and continues to grow. I was amazed and also taken back to think that one's life can be controlled by one person.
    You may be interested in reading this one yourself.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2009

    amazing what some readers stoop to

    I support Irene, I am sorry for her and her sister wives and the life they had to endure. That is no way to live. I don't think Irene cares if she is known as en "exaggerator" on the LeBaron Poligimay Colony, she chose to get out and has not ever looked back. I know several of her family members and I can not be prouder to know each and every one of them who have escaped that life. They are delighful, loving, courageous, and happy!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Great Book!

    I read the 1st part of this book called -Shattered Dreams: My Life As A Polygamist's Wife-...WOW!!! Such an amazing story! This book is the 2nd part of the story and i thought it was just as great. Its full of more info on the family. Check it out!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    in a nutshell

    This book was an intense and powerful look at a life I never knew existed. Although the writing was a bit amateurish in some areas, the subject matter and the actual story kept me enthralled with every page. It is the story of Evril LeBaron, the leader of a fundamentalist faction of the Mormon faith. Irene, the author is Evril's sister in-law and lived years in the same compound as Evril, with him being the "Patriarch" of the group. The things Irene describes are terrible and frightening. I am still reeling from this book and I read it over a week ago.

    I think in saying the writing was a bit amateurish I need to explain myself. I found a lot of areas to repeat themselves and things moved along in a very choppily and it was hard to get a grip on during some parts. Especially during the climax of the book, she explains her way, then another persons view and then another. Either way this book is worth the read, especially if you are interested in cult societies.

    (Believe me when I say, I know my writing is amateurish, as well)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Fundamental LDS not to be confused

    This book is a tremendous account of life as a member of the Fundamentalist LDS (or FLDS/F-Mormon) faith. Not to be confused with theLDS or Mormon faith. FLDS is just as LDS as Baptists are Catholic. In otger words, they are two completely unrelated faiths. While FLDS thrive on polygamy, the LDS faith excommunicates those who practice it. They are 2 separate religions with their own structures and separate leaders.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Amazing what some people will do for attention

    Their are those how dedicate there time to uplift people and make a difference in society.
    and then there those who take great pleasure in righting stories totally exaggerated and many things said that are not true, only to get attention and make some money. I have compassion for this woman that lived this life for all those many years, supporting her husband and sister-wives had thirteen children with this man, then turns bitter got exited after so many people telling her she's a good storyteller and has a reputation as a exaggerator in her home town in LeBaron Mexico.

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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