Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Aug 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships. Irene's first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of her struggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives. Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven.

The hard knocks of her environment were just the beginning of Irene's shocking tale. Insanity ran rampant in her husband's family and was the source of inconceivable events that unfolded throughout Irene's adult life. CULT INSANITY takes readers deeper into her story to uncover the outrageous behavior of her brother-in-law Ervil -- a self-proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order -- and how he terrorized their colony. Claiming to be God's avenger and to have a license to kill in the name of God, Ervil ordered the murders of friends and family members, eliminating all those who challenged his authority.

For those who were gripped by Shattered Dreams, the rest of the story will blow them away. CULT INSANITY is a riveting, terrifying memoir of polygamist life under the tyranny of a madman.
  

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Review: Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement

User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

This book is not written very well; but, the topic is so fascinating to me, I couldn't put it down. I also highly recommend reading Irene Spencer's "Shattered Dreams" first to avoid confusion. Read full review

Review: Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement

User Review  - dejah_thoris - Goodreads

Similar to Carolyn Jessop's two books, Escape and Triumph, Irene Spencer's previous memoir, Shattered Dreams, is a much more personal account of her struggle living polygamy whereas Cult Insanity ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
CHAPTER THIRTY
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO

CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
CHAPTER FORTY
CHAPTER FORTYONE
CHAPTER FORTYTWO
CHAPTER FORTYTHREE
CHAPTER FORTYFOUR
CHAPTER FORTYFIVE
CHAPTER FORTYSIX
EPILOGUE
WORKS CITED
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Irene Spencer currently lives in AnchorageAlaska, with her husband of 17 years, Hector Spencer. During the 28 years of her first marriage to a polygamous husband, Irene gave birth to 13 children (all single births). She also adopted a newborn daughter, who became her ninth child. Irene has 114 grandchildren. She has 17 great-grandchildren, (four more on the way). Among her many talents, she is an accomplished seamstress who sews for family and friends, she's a great cook and bakes pastries and homemade bread, she speaks Spanish and English fluently and has traveled to 23 foreign countries and 23 states.

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