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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Laake Narrator: Meredith MacRae Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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Secret Ceremonies is the story of the awakening of Deborah Laake. A devout Mormon, she attended Brigham Young University, received good grades, was popular - but most of all, she found the One, the man who declared that his claim to her was a matter of divine revelation. Thus, while still in her teens she was married in the sacred chambers of a Mormon temple.

From there her life began to disintegrate. Divorced by age 20 from a man she never loved, barred from the Mormon temple and threatened with excommunication, she found her depression deepening. Still trying to live up to the church's expectations, she married again, unaware that the resulting mental illness would propel her into a hospital ward of unabashed psychotics. It was there, among the truly unconventional, that she somehow recognized a modern world beckoning to her from beyond the closed patriarchal society that had always sheltered her yet kept her from true maturity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 2/7/2014

    " I actually read this when I was very young, and attributed it more to the religion of Mormonism, but re-reading it, as an adult, I saw it as a journey through depression and insecurity. If you have ever been a sufferer of depression, you will recognize yourself in parts of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dena Beck | 1/13/2014

    " very interesting memoir of a former Mormon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/9/2014

    " This book is mostly about the author's descent into mental problems and how the church failed her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denidevine | 1/8/2014

    " Facinating look at a part of Mormonism...the author commited suicide after the book was out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Twiggy Strauss | 1/7/2014

    " I thought this would be the next step after reading "The Banner of Heaven" to get more insight on the rituals of Mormonism. This was more of a personal narrative with some discussion of the rituals involved in being a Mormon wife. The author also never offers any take home points about women's role within the religion, while she touches on it briefly throughout the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 12/26/2013

    " This was the first book I read about the Mormon religion. It is the author's life experience in the Mormon religion, discussing how she was raised, the ceremonies that are supposed to be kept secret to the general public, her marriage and her eventual ex-communication from the Mormon church. I found it to be an excellent introduction into discovering some of the mysteries of the religion and explanation of how the membership behaves in families and in public. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the first person experience or for anyone wanting an introduction into what would be considered controversial information about the Mormon religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting, but getting rather tedious towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 12/17/2013

    " Interesting Mormon information... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 11/29/2013

    " fascinating. convinced me that mormonism is a cult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Snow | 10/4/2013

    " Very interesting to see inside of an organized religion where few are privy to its secrets. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rae | 8/25/2013

    " A poorly written, almost Harlequinesque, highly sensational account of an ex-Mormon woman's experiences at BYU, in the temple, and in marriage. Not worth the paper it was printed on. If you have questions, ask a real Mormon rather than relying on stuff like this... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 7/27/2013

    " Hummmm, what to say.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody Schreiner | 7/19/2013

    " Written proof of the hypocracy and sexism in modern religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Rhea | 6/8/2013

    " Interesting insight on the complicated and sometimes naive mormon woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/22/2013

    " Fascinating look at Mormons and marriage. Some of it is outdated, but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 melissa | 2/16/2013

    " I'm crazy about cults and the Mormons are one of my faves. Deborah Laake presented a nicely written story about her experience in the church and all of the weirdness that comes with it - including the Special Undergarments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 12/21/2012

    " Being raised a Mormon (but no longer a member of that faith), I could totally relate to so much of this book. The author gave a voice to so many of the Mormon secrets and oddities. I found it very interesting and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 9/3/2012

    " Insider account of the secret rites and ceremonies, in addition to the Mormon lifestyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsey | 11/24/2011

    " Interesting book, more for learning some of the things/rituals that happen in the Mormon temple and how they treat women who divorce from within. This book is all based on her experiences/trials from within the Mormon religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 9/13/2011

    " WOW! Who knew. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawn | 7/6/2011

    " I guess I've read enough of these types of books that it just doesn't surprise me any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Hart | 6/13/2011

    " Interesting read. I always knew the Mormon church was one bizarre religion, but this helped enlighten me to just how bizarre it is. Midway through reading this book, I learned that the author committed suicide several years after it was published, which kind of makes the ending bittersweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 4/27/2011

    " This book tells of a Morman woman's intimate diary of marriage and beyond. She talks of temple ceremonies, saying they will "slit their throats and gouge out their hearts" to put their church first. It told a lot of what college dating etc. is like as Mormans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 4/15/2011

    " If you've ever been curious about what goes on in the super secret Mormon temples, here's an inside look. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lelia | 2/13/2011

    " I think I've read this before... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawng | 9/7/2010

    " I guess I've read enough of these types of books that it just doesn't surprise me any more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 7/20/2010

    " Written proof of the hypocracy and sexism in modern religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 3/6/2010

    " Interesting insight on the complicated and sometimes naive mormon woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SueAnn | 12/9/2009

    " The author writes about her Mormon marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denidevine | 11/5/2009

    " Facinating look at a part of Mormonism...the author commited suicide after the book was out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennie | 9/27/2009

    " Is this thing still around? I read it years ago and laughed my head off. It's nothing but the silly justifications and emotional ramblings of a mentally ill woman and bears little resemblance to reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dena | 8/20/2009

    " very interesting memoir of a former Mormon "

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