Slavery Of Faith

Slavery Of Faith

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by Leslie Wagner-Wilson
     
 
Slavery Of Faith...the quietly kept story of a young woman's escape through the jungles of Jonestown, Guyana the morning of the massacre November 18, 1978 and her struggles to live in the aftermath.

November 18, 2008 marks 30 years since the Jonestown, Guyana Massacre/Suicides and the death of its founder, the Reverend Jim Jones.

Escaping Jonestown, Guyana the

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Slavery Of Faith...the quietly kept story of a young woman's escape through the jungles of Jonestown, Guyana the morning of the massacre November 18, 1978 and her struggles to live in the aftermath.

November 18, 2008 marks 30 years since the Jonestown, Guyana Massacre/Suicides and the death of its founder, the Reverend Jim Jones.

Escaping Jonestown, Guyana the morning of November 18,1978 with nine others, Leslie Wagner-Wilson then twenty one years old, trekked thirty seven miles through the jungle with a 40-pound care package strapped to her back with a sheet, her son, later to be known as the youngest survivor of Jonestown. That evening, she would be told that Jonestown was gone along with her plan to escape and return with her father, Richard Wagner who was a part of the Concerned Relatives to free the rest of her family. Amongst the carnage would be her husband, mother, brother, sister, niece, nephew, sister in law, brother in law and the friends she had grown up and loved since 13.

Slavery of Faith reveals the life of a thirteen year old coming of age in the heart of People's Temple Disciples of Christ Church where the pastor Jim Jones, exhorted his followers to consider him divine and to call him "Father" while he touted his extra-marital affairs from the pulpit. The world of Jim Jones was one of inverted ideals, isolation and alienation. However, what began as a church that appealed to peoples inner spirit to help others, was turned into a living hell. Yet it was a place she would go, half a continent away, to be with her 2 year old son, who'd been taken to Jonestown by Jim Jones as he made his exodus to Guyana. It shares the horrors of Jonestown - the labor punishment squads, suicide drills, sleep deprivation, drugging, and humiliations. It also takes the reader through the escape that she says was revealed to her in the spirit.

Thirty years since Jonestown, Slavery of Faith also chronicles her return to the U.S. under a veil of secrecy in fear of the "death squads", her fight to maintain her faith in her most darkest hours; suffering survivors guilt, drug addiction, a family suicide, and finally redemption. It shares her journey through psychological and spiritual jungles to reach a place of remembrance-- to "live their love and not their deaths." Faith has allowed her the resiliency to as she states "tuck and roll" and discover that through pain, tragedy and joy, her life has found divine order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595512935
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/09/2009
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
545,437
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every step has me saying, "This can NOT be real!" but the sad fact is, they are. This woman picked up more pieces than most put down in the first place. I watched a Jim Jones documentary on Netflix which led me to purchase this book and it is such a steal. Gripping discriptions of every detail of Peoples Temple, and a side story of family issues, drug use, abuse, overall fragility made for an addicting read. Every reader can relate to being in situations when they feel like they have lost all control, but this author inspires to show that every decision YOU make should be for YOU. I was alittle depressed to read about her sons issues and her never ending soul searching had so many jump off points. I would have liked to have heard her opinions on some other new evangelicals of the 80s, her acceptance of non socialist ideals and what she would have thought about the fall of the berlin wall. I would have liked to have known if her son and her ever talked about jonestown when he reached maturity. Would she ever visit that place again?
DC-10 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! Slavery of Faith is very insightful, personal, funny-at-times, suspenseful, sad, thought-provoking, and inspiring. The Author (Leslie Wagner-Wilson) delivers an intimate glimpse into her life before and after Jonestown. Leslie's experiences beyond Jonestown was almost as tragic as the event. What is most impressive is her faith in God, and how it sustained her through her addictions, legal troubles, and family suicide. Leslie is a true survivor, and she wil inspire anyone whose lives have been marred from tragedies. This book, although insightful, still raises questions...Why?? No one, not even Leslie will know the full truth of Jonestown. Leslie's story however, will impel its readers to question and draw conclusions...Which makes it a very fine read!
carabryn More than 1 year ago
If you've ever been curious about what went on inside Jonestown -- beyond the wrenching night of slaughter -- this is a must read. Leslie's first hand account of her own entrapment, escape and the haunting aftermath will spell it out for you and keep you spellbound!
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