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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,871 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Beck Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • Martha Beck’s riveting memoir teaches us more about love, spirituality, trauma, truth telling, and hope than all the self-help books combined. It is 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
  • A courageous, touching, and beautifully written spiritual journey of the heart. I applaud Martha’s candidness and perseverance in her steadfast pursuit of the power of love. Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Positive Energy and Dr. Judith Orloff’s Guide to Intuitive Healing
  • Very sad. Very brave. Very true. Martha Beck has written a universal story for anyone who has confronted physical and spiritual abuse and freed themselves from the tenacious grip of patriarchy. Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and The Open Space of Democracy
  • Leaving the Saints is a brave book. Martha Beck shares her journey out of religion and into faith and healing with heartbreaking candor, softened by wit and uplifted by a deep spiritual longing. Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Falina Lloyd | 2/19/2014

    " This book was very interesting to say the least. It's an amazing biography of the authors life experiences and how she came to love and believe in herself and God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/16/2014

    " I'm always fascinated by religious fundamentalism, and so getting the inside scoop on the Mormon religion from a dissenter was a real hoot. Wow! It reads more like a tell-all than a memoire, and I had been afraid of just the opposite. A good read, if a little wordy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 2/13/2014

    " very good book, but very hard to read. Too much sexual abuse, I almost didn't finish it, but I'm glad I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim Willemsen Wolffe | 2/10/2014

    " Martha Beck's personal story of healing her past and finding her true self "

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