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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,265 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307715586
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In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up her eight children, including her profoundly disabled four-year-old son, and escaped in the middle of the night to freedom. Jessop detailed the story of her harrowing flight and the shocking conditions that sparked it in her 2007 memoir, Escape. Reveling in her newfound identity as a bestselling author, a devoted mom, and a loving companion to the wonderful man in her life, Jessop thought she had put her past firmly behind her. 
 Then, on April 3, 2008, it came roaring back in full view of millions of television viewers across America. On that date, the state of Texas, acting on a tip from a young girl who’d called a hotline alleging abuse, staged a surprise raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a sprawling, 1700-acre compound near Eldorado, Texas, to which the jailed  FLDS  “prophet” Warren Jeffs had relocated his sect’s most “worthy” members three years earlier. The ranch was being run by Merril Jessop, Carolyn’s ex-husband and one of the cult’s most powerful leaders. As a mesmerized nation watched the crisis unfold, Jessop once more was drawn into the fray, this time as an expert called upon to help authorities understand the customs and beliefs of the extremist religious sect with which they were dealing. 
  In Triumph, Jessop tells the real, and even more harrowing, story behind the raid and sets the public straight on much of the damaging misinformation that flooded the media in its aftermath. She recounts the setbacks (the tragic decision of the Supreme Court of Texas to allow the children in state custody to return to their parents) as well as the successes (the fact that evidence seized in the raid is the basis for the string of criminal trials of FLDS leaders that began in October 2009 and will continue throughout 2010), all while weaving in details of her own life since the publication of her first book. These include her budding role as a social critic and her struggle to make peace with her eldest daughter’s heartbreaking decision to return to the cult. 
 In the book’s second half, Jessop shares with readers the sources of the strength that allowed her not only to survive and eventually break free of FLDS mind control, but also to flourish in her new life. The tools of her transformation range from powerful female role models (grandmothers on both sides) to Curves fitness clubs (a secret indulgence that put her in touch with her body) to her college education (rare among FLDS women). With her characteristic honesty and steadfast sense of justice, Jessop, a trained educator who taught elementary school for seven years, shares her strong opinions on such controversial topics as homeschooling and the need for the court system to hold “deadbeat dads” accountable. (Among Jessop’s recent victories is a court decision that ordered her ex-husband to pay years of back child support.) An extraordinary woman who has overcome countless challenges and tragedies in her life, Jessop shows us in this book how, in spite of everything, she has triumphed—and how you can, too, no matter what adversity you face.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/11/2014

    " Wow .... just as good as Escape. Really gives an insight into life after FLDS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/11/2014

    " After reading this and Escape, Carolyn Jessop amazes me. That she walked away from the only life she ever knew to save herself and her children from abuse and did it. And then she continued on to fight for other FLDS women and children. She is one strong woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/9/2014

    " I preferred Escape as this book felt like it kind of dragged along. Maybe because I already knew that she got out and was safe. Still a good book that was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 1/26/2014

    " I have read several books about the FLDS. While this book provides some repetition form her first book "Escape", I really enjoyed her analysis of the 2008 Government Raid on the YFZ ranch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Kurtz | 1/19/2014

    " The follow up to Escape. A survivor's tale and incredible insight in the FLDS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/18/2014

    " Well, I had a nice big write up but it didn't save. So, since I am a bum, I will just say this was a great book with great insight to the YFZ ranch raid in Texas a few years back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolin | 1/17/2014

    " A very great surviving story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin Buehler | 1/14/2014

    " Her first book was WAY better....this was meh "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/10/2014

    " Couldn't finish reading this one. I loved the first one, but this one was just too "slow" for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varsha | 1/6/2014

    " an unbelievable book with so much of information- I truly respect and admire Carolyn Jessop for her courage, strength and love for herself that gave her the tools to escape this lifestyle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/19/2013

    " Loved it. I couldn't put it down. I love her strength and love and hope. I wish she would write more books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diannacrest | 11/26/2013

    " All I can say is interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/7/2013

    " this is a sad but true and crazy story of how she got herself and her kids out of the cult!! It's interesting to see how she had to hid and to take care of her children to keep them from their dad!! A must read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherae | 10/16/2013

    " Think I was so surprised in book one that nothing really surprised me in book II. She is one strong women though and I can't imagine walking in her shoes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelle | 7/31/2013

    " A good follow-up to Escape. I thought it might be more of the same, but she shares an interesting perspective on the Texas raid on the FLDS ranch. It made me outraged all over again and wondering how these crimes can continue in modern day America (and why all of those children were returned???!!!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Ham | 11/25/2012

    " Besides the raids in Texas, nothing new in this book. Half of the book was a waste. Sadly, I wa not impressed with this second piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey Levinsohn | 9/22/2012

    " I read Escape by Caroyln Jessop awhile ago and was totally mesmerized by her harrowing story of escape from the FLDS. Her follow-up Triumph was much more inspirational than I expected; she also spends time focusing on the recent raids at the Texas ranch and how it effected her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/17/2012

    " Depressing to think women and children are treated like this.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenalyn C | 9/12/2012

    " It was not as compelling as her first book, it was repetitive, but it did offer some new information into the FLDS comes to justice story. I will read with great interest when her ex-husband Merril Jessop comes to trial this fall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 3/17/2012

    " Her first book is more compelling, but this one was interesting as well. She talks in detail about the raid on the Yearning For Zion Compound in Texas and all of the fallout. Frankly, the whole subject matter is very eye-opening and upsetting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2012

    " Started reading this book the minute finished her first book, Escape. This was a narrative of what her life has been since escaping her plural marriage. Good follow up to the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina Jensen | 12/6/2011

    " Watching the YFZ ranch drama unfold in the news and reading her first-hand account really put a lot into perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara S. | 11/28/2011

    " This was her follow up book to Escape. It tells why she left and what the driving force was behind her leaving the FLDS where she had been raised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Johnson | 8/29/2011

    " It's just heartbreaking what women and children endure in the FLDS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 8/17/2011

    " Not as good as Escape but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/28/2011

    " Very interesting and fascinating look into the FLDS. A little slow 3/4 of the way end, but ends strong! Reading her first book, Escape, next! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 6/2/2011

    " A lot of rehash of her book "Escape" and little new or enlightening information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/17/2011

    " I don't know if I read Escape and Triumph too close together but I was sick of hearing about pologamy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2011

    " This was an interesting follow-up to Escape. It gave more detail about Jessop's journey to her escape while still within the FLDS and finished by giving an update on herself and her children - it's always nice to know that the story has a (mostly) happy ending! "

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

    " Not the best written book, but a fascinating topic. Follow up to her memoir, Escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/14/2011

    " Her second book. Yes, still obsessed with this woman's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/11/2011

    " I preferred Escape as this book felt like it kind of dragged along. Maybe because I already knew that she got out and was safe. Still a good book that was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 4/7/2011

    " I love Carolyn's voice. ANd I am now officially obsessed with the YFZ folks. I need more reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/30/2011

    " It was an interesting book and it was great to find out how the family is doing now, but it was not as addicting and catchy as the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 3/28/2011

    " It was good, but I liked her first one a lot better.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diannacrest | 3/23/2011

    " All I can say is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Journeywoman | 3/16/2011

    " Not as good as Escape, but still an excellent read. My biggest issue with it is that it both assumed you read Escape and then repeated a lot of stuff in it. "

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