In his prologue, Jon Krakauer writes that the aim of his book is to “cast some light on Lafferty and his ilk,” which he concedes is a daunting but useful task for what it may tell us “about the roots of brutality, perhaps, but even more for what might be learned about the nature of faith” [p. XXIII]. "Now there's an interesting sight," DeLoy declares, sizing up the wreckage of a television satellite dish behind some sagebrush off the side of the road. But if both proudly refer to themselves as the Lord's chosen, they diverge on one especially inflammatory point of religious doctrine: unlike their present-day Mormon compatriots, Mormon Fundamentalists passionately believe that Saints have a divine obligation to take multiple wives. Now in prison, Antonio Martens ... Alexander’s beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts ... Alexander’s beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts The author of Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant historical novel. What does it reveal about brutality and faith and the connections between them? Kyle decided he would try to sleep in the car and stupidly decided I would try to sit it out in the tent. 2. Since we were running low on time to get back to Montana in time for Christmas eve, we decided to skip Zion. Joseph Smith called himself “a second Mohammed,” and Krakauer quotes George Arbaugh who suggests that Mormonism’s “aggressive theocratic claims, political aspirations, and use of force, make it akin to Islam” [p. 102]. He knows that I’m imperfect and that I’m a work in progress. Engrossing. are hard to argue with.” —Boulder Daily Camera“One hell of a chilling read.” —Maxim“Compelling. After repeated coffees and candy bars, we got too tired near Idaho Falls. Krakauer’s knack for crackling narrative and taut focus . 7. Philip Jenkins, Spam Free: Your email is never shared with anyone; opt out any time. 372 pp. A chilling look at Mormon fundamentalism.” —The Charlotte Observer“Horrific, gripping. 10. After my little meltdown I felt really low and unworthy. We jogged about 2/3 of the way or so. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. However, Kyle didn’t expect me to replace his stove that I broke even though I offered, so I felt stupid about bringing up the gas. Someone gives you a gift and you  give back an equivalent gift, it becomes an economic exchange. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. . Reader Reviews. . As Kyle was trying to get comfortable in the car, he kept accidentally honking the horn while repositioning himself. . . . Timely. as a professional reader. Colorado City, home to some nine thousand souls, is more than five times as populous as any other town in the district. How does polygamy affect young girls? . police of a Latin American regime who tells the haunting story of the father and son he ensnared and destroyed. It is hard to stop reading.” —The Baltimore Sun“Stunningly researched. Mormonism is considered in some sober academic circles to be well on its way to becoming a major world religion—the first such faith to emerge since Islam.Next door to the temple, the 325 voices of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir swell to fill the tabernacle's vast interior with the robust, haunting chords of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," the ensemble's trademark song: "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord . Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. provocative. . The last mile and a half were just brutal. . . Author Bio, First Published: It was a beautiful walk, the wash had very high walls, interesting rocks, balanced rocks, and crusty dunes like those in the painted desert. All but a handful of the town's residents are Mormon Fundamentalists. Not only was DeLoy born and raised in this faith, but his forebears were some of the religion's most illustrious figures: his great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were among the thirteen founding members of the Mormon Fundamentalist Church, and his adoptive grandfather, LeRoy Johnson, was the prophet who immediately preceded Uncle Rulon as the leader of Colorado City. I questioned my ability to make it up; it still seemed so far. Much of Under the Banner of Heaven explores the tensions between freedom of religion and governmental authority. A white-knuckle mix of true-crime reporting and provocative history.” —New York Post“Scrupulously reported and written with Krakauer’s usual exacting flair, Under the Banner of Heaven is both illuminating and thrilling. . Just $12 for 3 months or 11. Incisive. We had a brief disagreement about the last tank filling. The next day was pretty uneventful on our drive home. The road was closed up there so we ended up going the way past Vermilion cliffs. Jul 2003, 400 pages I figured that gas was its own category and should be reckoned just by alternating fills.