Under the Banner of Heaven

Under the Banner of Heaven

[a Story of Violent Faith]

Audiobook CD - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
In UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, John Krakauer shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders. At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by a pair of brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they were commanded to kill by God. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this "divinely inspired" crime, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the United States' most successful homegrown faith, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the events that surrounded the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons Ron and Dan Lafferty, exploring the belief systems and traditions, including polygamy, that mark the faith's most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America.

Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2003
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780736695183
0736695184
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 13 hrs., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott

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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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Nov 20, 2017

Coarse Language: profanity

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jandt_mcmurray
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)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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