Under the Banner of Heaven

Under the Banner of Heaven

A Story of Violent Faith

Downloadable Audiobook - 2004
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This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America's isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer's book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America's fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
Publisher: New York :, Anchor Books,, 2004.
ISBN: 9780739329788
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 20, 2017

Other: polygamy

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 20, 2017

Sexual Content: incest

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 20, 2017

Violence: murder, physical abuse

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 20, 2017

Coarse Language: profanity

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Nov 20, 2017

History, religious background, murder, community --- this book has it all. Jon Krakauer explores the history & background of the Mormon faith (aka Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), more specifically the Fundamentalist LDS, by detailing the crime & subsequent trial of a modern-day FLDS family. The Lafferty brothers, Ron & Dan, along with 2 sidekicks murdered their 23 yr old sister-in-law & her 15 month old daughter because "God revealed to them that these people needed to be destroyed." While the author describes the Lafferty family & their beliefs prior to the murders, he jumps back in time to various points in the history of the Mormon church & its founder Joseph Smith & leader Brigham Young. By giving brief glimpses of the church's history, he is able to better explain how the Lafferty brothers & others come to their Fundamentalist beliefs.

I have had a deep interest in the Mormon church & its believers for several years. My grandpa & aunt did a TON of research on the church as they came in contact with Mormons believers constantly in their home state of Arizona. Since I got my hands on their research, I began picking up where they left off. I believe the author does a fair job at trying to be unbiased & simply report the facts as seen by both parties. He does, however, point out his particular beliefs in an epilogue. I think many people would find this book interesting, but I believe every Christian in particular should read this book in order to get a basic background on an ever-growing church.

Age recommendation: 14 & up (profanity, murder, polygamy, physical abuse, incest)

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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