Triumph: Life After the Cult–A Survivor’s Lessons by Carolyn Jessop

After fleeing the FLDS with her 8 children, Carolyn Jessop becomes involved in the events following the raid on the FLDS compound where 400 children were taken by CPS because underage girls were being forced into plural marriages with old men.

I am fascinated by closed communities, and Triumph taught me so much about the inner workings of the FLDS, a radical sect of Mormonism that puts plural marriage at the forefront of their theology. Even better, I learned so much about what really went on when the FBI raided that compound in Texas. The psychological complexity of the women and men who make up this powerful cult was just fascinating beyond belief. It was a good companion piece to Daughters of Zion, with much better writing.

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