There is much ado about polygamy these days. Media coverage, HBO’s Big Love, TLC’s Sister Wives, the acts committed by cult leader Warren Jeffs and his followers–all of these keep a slew of polygamy-related issues at the forefront of society. But none can depict the ongoing, daily atrocities and heartaches that are hidden behind the scenes, behind closed doors, within the hearts and souls of thousands of smiling faces.
Kristyn Decker’s memoir recounts the harsh realities of being born and raised in the second largest polygamist sect in America–the Apostolic United Brethren, or the AUB (Allred Group). For five decades, Kristyn, then Sophie, was caught up in a cult of plural marriage … and lived it until she thought it would kill her. When she finally had the courage to leave, she knew she had to share her story.
Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies describes a life of religious submission, lies, secrets, poverty, abuse, jealousy, depression, and loneliness. The gripping, detailed events in this book will shock you but will also inspire compassion, understanding, and perhaps even the courage to change your own life.
The second that I saw this book on NetGalley, I had to download it. It’s not really down the aisle of books I normally choose, I don’t normally read a lot of non-fiction, but something about it called my name and intrigued me.
It was a very long book, but I am so glad that I picked it up. Kristyn’s story is absolutely amazing, and quite heartbreaking. I’ve never known much about Polygamy, but as the summary of this book shared, it’s become more public lately due to the TLC show, so I’ve gotten a glimpse here and there.
I think it’s very hard to review a non-fiction book. How can you review someone’s life? I will say this book is gritty and sometimes painfully honest. She throws everything out on the table, no matter how difficult that part of her life was. It is very admirable that someone who went through so much, starting at such a young age can open up and tell their story.
I really enjoyed the book and give it 5 out of 5 bookmarks.