Favorite Wife: Escape from Polygamy

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A RIVETING MEMOIR OF LIFE INSIDE ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS POLYGAMOUS CULTS She had no choice in the matter—none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was fifteen years old when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron, one of the leaders of a rogue Mormon cult, who was engaged in a blood feud with his brother that from 1972 to 1988 claimed up to two dozen lives. In this gripping and eloquent book, Susan Ray Schmidt ...
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Overview

A RIVETING MEMOIR OF LIFE INSIDE ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S MOST NOTORIOUS POLYGAMOUS CULTS She had no choice in the matter—none of the girls did. Her mission was to give birth to and raise many children in devoted service to a shared husband. Susan was fifteen years old when she became the sixth wife of Verlan LeBaron, one of the leaders of a rogue Mormon cult, who was engaged in a blood feud with his brother that from 1972 to 1988 claimed up to two dozen lives. In this gripping and eloquent book, Susan Ray Schmidt tells the story of growing up on the inside and of her ultimate escape with her children from an oppressive and violent life. Delving more deeply into this mysterious underworld than any previous work, Favorite Wife is a powerful account of the affairs of the heart, coming of age under exceptional circumstances, and the tough choices that are sometimes painfully necessary to preserve human dignity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599214948
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 624,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Susan Ray Schmidt was once a member of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Times and the child-bride of polygamist Verlan LeBaron in Colonia LeBaron in Mexico. After eight years of marriage, she left her husband and fled with her five children back to America. She remarried three years later.
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Where was the excitement I had anticipated as the wife of a leader in God’s church? We were supposed to be an army for the Lord, and yet babies, back-breaking work, and never enough money to go around were the lot of a polygamist’s wife. All around me were poverty-stricken homes filled with lonely women and children, living for the scattered moments when our husbands could find time for a hurried visit home. And yet the time Verlan spent at home was the most frustrating time of all. Knowing he was close, yet sleeping in another wife’s bed only blocks away, was the purest form of torture. The irony of it all was the fact that when he was with me, I felt sorry for the others.
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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Very Insightful

    It amazes me the kind of isolation these compounds and religious cults seem to have. I thought the author did a great job trying to be fair and balanced to her old faith and how she sees things now. She did a wonderful job capturing her reason and the spirit of her young self and beliefs. I could see that she worked very hard no to insult anyone's way of life while also trying to be honest about some of it's pitfalls. She also did a wonderful job enticing me to read some of the works by others of the same events just so I could further compare the picture and perhaps begin to better understand what brings people to the idea that polygamy is divine and how one lives within that framework.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Highly recommended

    A great book... well told story that is interesting and keeps you flipping pages.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    A must read!

    An insightful peek inside a community far different from the norm. Very interesting and page turning. A great addition to several other books written about the Mormon way of life. I finished this book in one day!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    The life Susan shared was done so with courage. So many who hea

    The life Susan shared was done so with courage. So many who hear of polygamy do so without the knowledge of what it involves emotionally and physically for the women and children who are raised in the environment. My heart ached with Susan's sufferings and the choices she had to struggle with, and tearfully rejoiced with her determination to have her children escape the same struggles. This book is insightful and gives an honest, unbiased inside look at what polygamy truly produces.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    What a read!

    This book was a great book! I can't say enough!!! What a read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Good

    A little slow moving at times but lots of good info

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    It's so hard to understand the hold some religious leaders have

    It's so hard to understand the hold some religious leaders have on their followers. This book does an excellent job of explaining why she stayed. It's amazing to me that she found the strength and courage to leave that way of life, especially having five children to take into consideration. I'm so glad she finally found the happiness she searched for and deserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Intersting

    Theres some crazy people out there and this book proves it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Interesting!!

    This book was very interesting. I had already read the book, Shattered Dreams, by another wife in this same family. This book gives a totally different perspective and more details on polygamy and the LeBaron family.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

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    Was Ok

    Dragged at times

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