Item description for Illegitimate: How a Loving God Rescued a Son of Polygamy by Brian Mackert...
Overview SUBTITLE: How A Loving God Rescued A Son Of Polygamy
This is an insider's look into the theology behind the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) and the lifestyle of those living in the FLDS church under the leadership of Warren Jeffs. For Brian J. Mackert, life inside this fundamentalist Mormon sect was all too real. As a son in a family of one father, four wives, and 31 children, Brian experienced firsthand the devastating realities of polygamous cults.
Brian tells his remarkable story of tragedy and healing. Illegitimate takes readers behind today's shocking headlines and inside the walls of this controversial sect. Brian reveals a world of loving mothers and abusive fathers, devoted children and sibling rivalry, deceptive religion and the truth eventually found in Christ-outside the walls of the FLDS. Ultimately, Illegitimate demonstrates the incredible love of God, and His ability to bring light into the darkest of places.
The recent events at a Fundamentalist Mormon compound in Texas have ignited a national dialogue on religious sects. Formed as a splinter group of the LDS church, these secretive cults exist in an insular world far removed from mainstream American culture. A world of abuse and twisted theology that seems too bizarre to be true.
Yet for Brian J. Mackert, life inside this sect was all too real. As a son in a family of one father, four wives, and 31 children, Brian experienced firsthand the devastating realities of polygamous cults.
Now Brian tells his remarkable story of tragedy and healing. Illegitimate takes readers behind today's shocking headlines and inside the walls of this controversial sect. Brian reveals a world of loving mothers and abusive fathers, devoted children and sibling rivalry, fake religion and the truth eventually found in Christ-outside the walls of the FLDS. Ultimately, Illegitimate demonstrates the incredible love of God, and His ability to bring light into the darkest of places.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.97" Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 1434766918 ISBN13 9781434766915
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More About Brian Mackert
Brian Mackert was raised in the fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a community that endorses polygamy. He later embraced a true relationship with Christ and became a licensed Baptist minister. In addition to his profession as a telecom engineer, Brian regularly speaks to church groups about the realities of radical Mormonism."
Reviews - What do customers think about Illegitimate: How a Loving God Rescued a Son of Polygamy?
Life of a lost boy Apr 22, 2010
This was a GREAT book. Wonderful insight into the life of a lost boy in the FLDS faith. His sister Mary Mackert has a Fabulous book as well...The sixth of seven wives.
illegitmate review Oct 13, 2009
This book makes me want to become an activist for abandoned children. excellently horrifying. A need to read by polygamist defenders and parents who aren't paying attention to the souls of our children.
Great Explanation from the Male side of polygamy Sep 29, 2009
Illegitimate is the biography of one man who was one of the youngest children of 32. all living in the same house with his mother and 3 "sister" wives. The book begins with a session with a psychologist after he indicated he wanted to kill his father.
The author does an excellent job of weaving in and out of his life. the lives of his 32 siblings. and the shame felt because he had to hide his identity.
This book does a wonderful job of explaining the belief system of the FLDS from the man's perspective. In fact.I plan to keep the book on my shelf as a reference book. He includes the history. and both pro's and con's of living under this system.
Unfortuantely. in this family the father was sexually abusing his daughters. which led to disolving the entire family as he knew it. His story also includes how he became a Christian. and his story of how he feels it saved his life. and took away his need to kill his father.
For those who are interested in learning about this lifestyle. I cannot think of a better written book from the man's perspective.
Good book to read for insight on polygamy Jun 23, 2009
A sad story about a young boy trying to find himself as well as a relationship with his father. This book was interesting and I enjoyed reading it but enjoyed "Escape or Shattered Dreams" much better. They just seemed to be more interesting throughout the book. I felt the ending was the best part of this book where Brian was able to continue his fighting for peace in any way he could. It was great that he was able to finally see family members that had been lost to him for many years.
Freedom! May 10, 2009
Brian Mackert's childhood is a tapestry of the familiar; wide open spaces, mischief, farm animals, and the secret solidarity of brothers. A strictly frugal and distant father, a timid yet loving mother, all of these elements form the backdrop for a life that might be taken from the pages of any number of works of classic Americana. While the details, nuances and flavours of childhood may seem so familiar to us, the larger picture of Mackert's childhood is strikingly foreign and unfamiliar.
One father, four mothers, 31 children: Mackert's birth into a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) community sets his experience of early life in direct contrast to those of the vast majority of North Americans. Related in a straightforward narrative Illegitimate: How a Loving God Rescued a Son of Polygamy transparently shares the logistical difficulties, emotional challenges and fear of persecution that the life of an FLDS child is filled with. Boasting a familial ancestry tracing itself to the earliest Mormon church fathers, they held firmly to the doctrine of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young despite raids, pressure from mainstream Mormons and mainstream culture.
Mackert's recollections of his life to date are interwoven with the religio-political progression of leadership within the FLDS. With the life of each family member determined in large part by the priesthood of the FLDS church, the shifting balance of power is directly relevant to the deep wounds, bitterness and hurt that grew in Mackert's heart. Alongside the spiritual doubts, fear and rejection we explore through the author's life, we have access to an insiders view as the Jeffs family rising to power and Warren Jeffs seizing complete control over the community.
Reading Illegitimate was a deeply personal and troubling experience for me. Having been raised in a Mormon home (polygamy free) as a young child, it is only as an adult that that I have begun to explore the roots of that religious system. Like Mackert I too have experienced the deep hypocrisy, sexual abuse, and circular reasoning that seem to spring from these beliefs. His fall into anger towards God and family upon leaving the church is also heartbreakingly familiar in both myself and other family members. Oh, how thankful I am to be the child of a God that is patient, that draws lost sheep like Brian, a number of his siblings, and myself into His loving embrace.
Unlike similar expose biographies exposing the FLDS cult, Mackert's work goes beyond the disillusionment, the grief, the pain and reveals the true gospel that he was denied as a child. He shares the unfolding of God's free gift of grace, that boundless love free of performance expectations. The transformation that came over his life upon truly meeting Jesus, resulted in forgiveness and grace shed abroad upon those who harmed him.
This unique, transformative vision lifts Illegitimate above the other works trickling into mainstream consciousness on the subject. The contrast between bondage and freedom, fear and grace, works and faith is undeniable, and I highly recommend this work to both those who've been harmed by Mormonism and those seeking to understand the literal, erroneous, early teachings of Joseph Smith and how those play out when practically applied.