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5,0 su 5 stelleFor those that are curious about the WBC this book is highly recommended.
DaM. Martinil 29 luglio 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
After reading the book Banished written by Lauren Drain I thought all the bases was covered in regards to the life in the Westboro Baptist Church as seen by a former member of the WBC. Girl on a Wire by Libby Phelps shows us more of the day to day life in the WBC and how it changed over the years. There are several differences describing several WBC members as seen by Lauren Drain and Libby Phelps. One example is Shirley Phelps-Roper was described as a maternal force in the WBC by Lauren Drain while Libby Phelps describes Shirley as a mean control freak. The book is a page turner that I completed reading it at one sitting. For those that are curious about the WBC this book is highly recommended.
5,0 su 5 stelleIt was wonderful to read about her essential transformation
DaAmazon Customeril 6 agosto 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I read it in two days since it was both a page turner and not very long. After having read Banished by Lauren Drain and seeing Libby talk about leaving the church in the Louis Theroux documentary, it was interesting to hear about her experience in her own words. This book differs from Banished in several ways, but one key one is that Lauren came into the church as a teenager and was therefore already (probably) educated on concepts such as puberty and sex whereas Libby spent her childhood in the church and had an extremely limited- she describes it as sheltered- experience with such concepts. It was wonderful to read about her essential transformation, after she had left the church, to becoming not only far more accepting but a gay rights activist. It gives me hope for the human race.
My one recommendation: Do not buy a paperback version of the book. It was easy to take off the dustjacket since I had a hardcover copy, but the image of Libby with the signs on the front made me paranoid about people getting the wrong idea if they saw me reading the book in public.
5,0 su 5 stelleBalanced - Great Counterpoint to "Banished"
DaeSmil 12 agosto 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I recently read "Banished," by Lauren Drain, and found the tone of that book to be a bit disconcerting - Drain writes as though she would never have left the WBC if she hadn't been forced to do so. This book by Libby Phelps is far more balanced and accessible, I think. She does an excellent job of describing the conflict in a way that makes me understand where she was coming from, both during and after her time in the WBC. I appreciated her honesty at the end of the book, when she describes her current thinking. Although not as lengthy or specific as Banished, this book shows the overall transition of Libby as a person within the context of the WBC, while Banished mostly focuses on the conflicts and abuse in Lauren's family. I do appreciate this book as a counterpoint to Banished, since it demonstrates that people can truly change and choose to leave the WBC, rather than only being thrown out.
5,0 su 5 stelleA powerful and heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story
DaConnoril 12 agosto 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Libby writes with an engaging and authentic voice about her journey to self-actualization and a normal, happy life. This journey just happens to take place within the context of one of America's most notorious extremist religious groups.
For Libby, the hate-spewing picketers of the WBC are her beloved immediate family, and she manages to paint a very human and at times even sympathetic face on them while also expressing disgust in at their destructive and intolerant belief system.
Her story is powerful and heartbreaking, but uplifting in the end.
Even with WBC fading out of the headlines in recent years, this is a must-read story of redemption and transformation.
DaDebra L. Drummetil 13 agosto 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This is a very honest view of the Westboro Baptist Church written by a brave woman who had the courage to leave. This is relevant to the dark times our country is experiencing as well. An excellent read!
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