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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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