Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith  -     By: Martha Beck
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Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

Random House, Inc / 2006 / Paperback

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As "Mormon royalty" within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marth Beck was raied in a home frequented by the Church's high elders in an existence framed by the strictest code of conduct. As an adult, she moved to the east coast, outside of the Mormon enclave for the first time in her life. When her son was born with Down Syndrome, Martha and her husband left their graduate programs at Harvard to return to Utah, where they knew the supportive Mormon community would embrace them. But when she was hired to teach at Brigham Young University, Martha was troubled by the way the Church's elders 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307335992
ISBN-13: 9780307335999
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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 in an existence framed by the strictest code of conduct. As an adult, she moved to the east coast, outside of her Mormon enclave for the first time in her life. When her son was born with Down syndrome, Martha and her husband left their graduate programs at Harvard to return to Utah, where they knew the supportive Mormon community would embrace them.

But when she was hired to teach at Brigham Young University, Martha was troubled by the way the Church’s elders 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. The New York Times bestseller Leaving the Saints chronicles Martha’s 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.

Leaving the Saints 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.

Author Bio

Martha Beck is the author of the New York Times bestselling Expecting Adam, Finding Your Own North Star, and The Joy Diet. She lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about her at marthabeck.com, and join the discussion at leavingthesaints.com.

Editorial Reviews

“One of the bravest, most achingly honest books I’ve read in years. Leaving the Saints is a priceless gift.” —Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

“Few have such fascinating tales—or the literary chops and emotional range with which to tell them—as Martha Beck. . . . That Beck can write so eloquently about [her break from the church] without bitterness is a gift worth its weight in gold plates.” —Ralph Frammolino, Los Angeles Times

“Trying to get your truth out against a wall of resistance? Looking for a spiritual bonus in the struggle? Your struggle is Beck’s, and Leaving the Saints tells it consolingly well.” —Detroit News and Free Press

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    November 5, 2006
    Bill McKeever
    Don't be fooled by the title. Martha Beck's "faith" after Mormonism is not Christianity. She claims that while she was undergoing surgery that she encountered a bright light that was "about the size of a golf ball." Though "far brighter than the surgical lights," she said that instead of blinding her, it seemed to make her eyes "more able to tolerate the brilliance" around her. As it grew, it touched her and flowed into her material body (p.102). The light began to speak to her and said, "Hey, kid... There are some things you'll need to remember." This is the story of a woman who, as a result of this mystical experience, came to the realization that she was molested by her famous Mormon father, Hugh Nibley. Nibley denied this to his dying day. As I concluded in my full review of the book at mrm.org, "I'm not going to say that Leaving the Faith is a must read. I probably would not have chosen to read it had I not been asked to talk about it in a radio interview. I for one have no way of knowing if her abuse allegations are true, so I can't chime in with some of her supporters and give accolades of bravery. Personally I think her memories of abuse are highly suspect, but since I come far short of omniscience, I can't say one way or another. Overall I think this book is a sad story that exposes a family in ruins. Mormon or not, that's not a happy ending."
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