What Peace There May Beby Susanna Barlow
The isolation proves to be a breeding ground for abuse and Susanna struggles to reconcile
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Young Susanna doesn’t know anything other than the family environment that has been created for her-a system without regard for society or man’s laws. Raised in a sequestered home in a busy city neighborhood, everything beyond the front gate is off-limits.
The isolation proves to be a breeding ground for abuse and Susanna struggles to reconcile her desire to escape and her need to belong. The book recounts six critical years in Susanna’s life as she comes to terms with her conditions.
This coming of age story is as much a testament to survival as it is to surrender. Pushed to the limits of her coping abilities, Susanna tries anything she can to bring about the peace that seems always out of reach.
In an impulsive moment and an act of daring she contacts a newspaper journalist and finds herself in a predicament that she never before considered. That decision becomes the impetus that propels her finally to where she wants to be and to find what was always there.
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Meet the Author
Susanna is the 23rd child of 46 children, the quintessential middle child. Growing up in a fundamentalist religious home shaped her life, her values, and her views on literally everything.
Although she is no longer affiliated with any polygamous group on a religious level she is surrounded by family and friends who are practicing polygamists.
She is currently working on her second memoir detailing her marriage within the polygamous culture and what motivated her to leave. Another important theme in the second book is the impact of abuse on relationships and the ability to parent.
Susanna lives in Bluffdale Utah with her husband, six children and their dog.
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I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read more by the author. I grew up in polygamy, but I didn't experience this kind of abuse. However, I knew that it went on. Heartbreaking! My father, mothers, brothers and sisters are all good people. It's so sad for me to read what this lifestyle did to her family. Like Susanna and her husband, my husband and I chose not to practice. I listened to Susanna on some of her radio interviews and she is amazing. Coming out of that belief system and being so forgiving is no small feat, believe me. I work on it everyday and I had a fairy tale childhood compared to hers. Do yourself a favor and read this book. It will toucn you deeply.
Susanna Barlow is the 23rd child of 46 born into a polygamist sect who captures you with her own memoir of growing up in the heart of Salt Lake City hiding the secrets of what went on behind the closed doors so close to her neighbors. Her writing brings you right into the heart of her home and experiences. This is a book I have recommended to many and been thanked for telling them about it. SG
I LOVED READING THIS BOOK!!! I just could NOT put it down! I read while I worked, I read while I walked, while I shopped, while I was driving, while I was in class, I read until there was no more to read! There are SO many different emotions! My heart was poring out to the characters in so many ways. I was almost to tears part of the time, in happiness and in sorrow. My mind was opened to a clearer point of view. I was VERY impressed about the religion taught, realization was far beyond words. It gave me a greater outlook on life and made me care more for my own family. I will definitely be reading this book a second time! ^_^