Friday, October 09, 2009

CULT INSANITY--A Memoir Of Polygamy, Prophets, And Blood Atonement
By Irene Spencer, Author of The New York Times Bestseller Shattered Dreams

Cult Insanity delves deeply into the story of Irene Spencer's arduous life in a polygamous fundamentalist Mormon sect. In her book Shattered Dreams she tells of sharing her husband with nine other women (and fifty-six children) in abject poverty and intense mental and emotional anguish. Cult Insanity delves deeper and focuses on the terrifying acts of Ervil LeBaron her brother-in-law and a self-proclaimed prophet who determined he had been called to set the house of God in order. Irene tells how her life was enveloped in a dark cloud of fear and anguish. Survival for herself and her ever-growing family turned into a constant flight from one desert camp to another across the harsh badlands of Baja, California.

Bud Gardner, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul wrote, "Irene Spencer is my hero. In her second book, Cult Insanity, she delves even deeper into the soul-stealing world of polygamy. She bravely exposes Ervil LeBaron, her evil brother-in-law and the self-proclaimed prophet of the world, for ordering the deaths of twenty-eight family members and converts who opposed him. This book plunges a dagger into the heart of polygamous slavery."

Why in the world would anybody want to sit and read this kind of horrifying story? I wanted to read it because it is a part of religious history. It's true. It actually happened. I wanted to know all about it and try to understand it. If you have that kind of intellectual and curious interest you will want to read this book. I'm not going to say you will enjoy it. But you will be informed and the book will hold your attention from the first word to the last.


The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!

  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please.
  • You do not have to be a blogger to win. You can win more than once on my blog.
  • I MUST have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments October 23 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).


Mary said...

Hi Clif,

I watched a television movie that I believe was about this woman, or at least it was a woman with a similar story. We also just watched an old "Touched By an Angel" episode based on a cult situation. I have wondered what could make anyone believe and follow a person that is so controlling and deceptive.

Sign me up for the drawing...I would love to read this book, and I think it would be a very good read for my book club. If I've already won too many, no problem, I want to share my good fortune of winning great books from you!


edmontonjb said...

This book looks very good. What a strong woman! Please enter my name into the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I would very much like to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Sandy said...

I just finished a novel dealing with this subject dealing with teen pregnancies. I applaud anyone who can escape. Add my name to the draw please.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Clif, please sign me up for this book. I'm always interested in what makes people tick and history itself tells so many stories. Thank you and have a good day.



Sarah said...

I am very interested in Mormon history and this looks like a good book. I would love to win!

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Sarah said...

thanks for letting me win! :)