Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

By: Beck, Martha Nibley

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"Leaving the Saints" is an unforgettable memoir about one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders--known as the apostles--and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct. Wearing her sacred garments, she married in a secret temple ceremony--but only after two Mormon leaders ascertained that her "past contained no flirtation with serious sins, such as committing murder or drinking coffee." She went to church faithfully with the other brothers and sisters of her ward. When her son was born with Down syndrome, she and her husband left their graduate programs at Harvard to return to Provo, Utah, where they knew the supportive Mormon community would embrace them.
However, soon after Martha began teaching at Brigham Young University, she began to see firsthand the Church's ruthlessness as it silenced dissidents and masked truths that contradicted its published beliefs. Most troubling of all, she was forced to face her history of sexual abuse by one of the Church's most prominent authorities. This book chronicles her difficult decision to sever her relationship with the faith that had cradled her for so long and to confront and forgive the person who betrayed her so deeply.
This beautifully written, inspiring memoir explores the powerful yearning toward faith. It offers a rare glimpse inside one of the world's most secretive religions while telling a profoundly moving story of personal courage, survival, and the transformative power of spirituality.

Title: Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

Author/Composer: Beck, Martha Nibley

Categories: Biography/Memoir,

Publisher: Crown Publishers: 2005-03-01

ISBN Number: 0609609912

ISBN Number 13: 9780609609910

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 005298

Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Red marker dot shows on bottom outer page edges. Minor visible cover wear and outer soil. Hardcover book with dustjacket book copy of Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Nibley Beck. Publisher summary: A memoir of one woman's spiritual quest and journey toward faith. As Mormon royalty, Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church's high elders, and her existence was framed by their strict code of conduct. However, soon after Martha began teaching at Brigham Young University, she began to see firsthand the Church's ruthlessness as it silenced dissidents and masked truths that contradicted its published beliefs. Most troubling of all, she was forced to face her history of sexual abuse by one of the Church's most prominent authorities. This book chronicles her difficult decision to sever her relationship with the faith that had cradled her for so long, and to confront and forgive the person who betrayed her so deeply. New York: Crown Publishers (Random House), 2005. First Edition Fourth Printing. ix, 306 pages. 6-5/8 x 9-5/8 inches, 25 cm. List price 24.95. This edition is currently out of print. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

Keywords: Literature Biography, Mormons Autobiography, Martha Nibley Beck, Church of Jesus Christ if Latter Day Saints Ex Church Members, 0609609912, 9780609609910, OCLC 55494925,