Banished: Surviving My Years In The Westboro Baptist Church
  • Banished: Surviving My Years In The Westboro Baptist Church
  • Banished: Surviving My Years In The Westboro Baptist Church
ISBN: 1455512427
EAN13: 9781455512423
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 5, 2013
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. The WBC is fervently anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti- practically everything and everyone. And they aren't going anywhere: in March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the WBC's right to picket funerals.

Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

Banished is the first look inside the organization, as well as a fascinating story of adaptation and perseverance.

Lauren spent her early years enjoying a normal life with her family in Florida. But when her formerly liberal and secular father set out to produce a documentary about the WBC, his detached interest gradually evolved into fascination, and he moved the entire family to Kansas to join the church and live on their compound. Over the next seven years, Lauren fully assimilated their extreme beliefs, and became a member of the church and an active and vocal picketer. But as she Read More chevron_right

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   Very repetitive.
I did not think the book was well written. It was the same thing over and over and over. I had to finish it and move on. The author said that she wasn't treated fairly and that she was treated differently than the Phelps girls. This could be told in a magazine article.
 
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   Illuminating, insightful!
This is a well- written book. As Lauren's family and church shift and crack, you can see the foreshadowing of the fissures that will eventually break her world. As a real- life drama, this is a deep insight into the many ways the human mind adapt and even warms to control by fear. Lauren had more time in this book to describe the after but I would have liked to hear more about how she dealt with the losses and dissonances that she's processed. Great read!
 
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