Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My FaithMartha BeckRandom House / 2006 / Trade Paperback$13.46 Retail:2 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Bill McKeever2 Stars Out Of 5November 5, 2006Bill McKeeverDon'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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