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Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond By Deborah Laake Secret Ceremonies A Mormon Woman s Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond Secret Ceremonies is the story of the awakening of Deborah Laake who came of age in the early seventies in a manner that would have appeared out of step but certainly not tumultuous to an outsider At
  • Title: Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond
  • Author: Deborah Laake
  • ISBN: 9780440217800
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond By Deborah Laake
    Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond By Deborah Laake Secret Ceremonies is the story of the awakening of Deborah Laake, who came of age in the early seventies in a manner that would have appeared out of step but certainly not tumultuous to an outsider At a time when her generation was protesting a war and transforming national headlines into a saga of campus violence, she was instead a typical Mormon girl who experienced herSecret Ceremonies is the story of the awakening of Deborah Laake, who came of age in the early seventies in a manner that would have appeared out of step but certainly not tumultuous to an outsider At a time when her generation was protesting a war and transforming national headlines into a saga of campus violence, she was instead a typical Mormon girl who experienced her college years at peaceful Brigham Young University as the fulfillment of all her dreams She received good grades there, was attractive and popular and devout but most of all she found The One, the man who declared that his claim to her was a matter of divine revelation The role of dutiful wife and mother was the one she believed she was made for, and thus she was married in the sacred chambers of a Mormon temple while still in her teens, participating in angel inspired ceremonies of special handshakes and voodoo of which much of the world is still unaware From there her life a picture perfect one according to the Mormon standards by which she was raised became an out of kilter dream from which she feared she d never rouse Her husband was a man whom she had never loved, whom she nonetheless believed God had chosen for her, but with whom she couldn t force herself to remain Divorced by age twenty, she had failed at marriage, the only task that mattered, and gradually she realized that she was being punished Barred from the Mormon temple by church authorities, even threatened with excommunication, she found her depression deepening Trying to live up to the church s expectations of her, she married again, unaware that the result would be a spiral of mental illness that would propel her into a hospital ward ofunabashed psychotics, the likes of whom she d never imagined There, among the truly unconventional, she somehow recognized a modern world beckoning to her from beyond the closed patriarchal society that had always sheltered her yet kept her from true maturity Always lyrical an
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    • Update I just had to share this She is on the bed with her fiance, they are kissing and she says they are bumping pubic bones what the rest of us call dry humping or similar when she has her first orgasm, which sets him off So she doesn t know at 19 what it is but is afraid it has affected her purity so they go to a Mormon gynaecologist together to find out what it was It is obviously true, you wouldn t even think of something like this to make it up1__________What does this sound like to you re [...]


    • A compelling story that shows the danger of letting an organization control your thoughts and self esteem This is an extreme case, but tales of psychological abuse similar to this are all too common in the Mormon Church Deborah Laake s memoir is vivid in detail, intelligent, and ultimately very moving Deborah committed suicide years after this was published, but her book remains a warning to those of us left behind.


    • Yet another memoir by a woman who desperately needed mental health support but, guided by fundamentalist church leaders all men was told to cleave tighter to her church and submit to and obey her husband If only you were a better wife you wouldn t be so unhappy Add to this the complication in my mind, a complication that the fundamentalist church leaders were from the Mormon church and it was definitely very difficult for her So difficult to separate the notion of a loving God from the nonsense [...]


    • If you want to be convinced that Mormonism is a cult, then this is your book It s one woman s story of her experiences in the Mormon church, beginning with her marriage as a student at Brigham Young University It comes across as sensational and tell all and doesn t attempt to be balanced I can t deny that it was interesting but it s defintely one woman s story with no attempt at a greater sense of cultural or historical perspective.



    • I was working at the library and saw this book as I checked it out to a patron Interested, I put it on hold for myself I picked it up early this morning to read because I couldn t sleep, and surprisingly, have already finished it.It s surprising because truly, this book didn t hold my interest like I thought it would I was born and raised a very devout Mormon, and only left the Church a couple of years ago after I starting questioning doctrine that I had held as absolute truth all of my life And [...]


    • I have this book in hard cover I have read this book at least 3 times myself I first found it in paperback in my early 20s The book cover and the title is likened to a fiction book This book is non fiction and the complete title is Secret Ceremonies A Mormon Woman s Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond In my early 20s, I passed the book to a friend at work and I never saw that copy again That copy was passed around to just about everyone where I worked I am not good a writing reviews but you ca [...]


    • I thought this would be the next step after reading The Banner of Heaven to get insight on the rituals of Mormonism This was of a personal narrative with some discussion of the rituals involved in being a Mormon wife The author also never offers any take home points about women s role within the religion, while she touches on it briefly throughout the narrative.


    • A poorly written, almost Harlequinesque, highly sensational account of an ex Mormon woman s experiences at BYU, in the temple, and in marriage Not worth the paper it was printed on If you have questions, ask a real Mormon rather than relying on stuff like this



    • i read this book because of some research on it i did lowereastsidelibrarianfo la , and it is decidedly NOT SILLY.


    • This non fiction autobiography purports to be an expose of the Mormon religion, but is really just an expose of one woman s unhappy life.I haven t learned anything I didn t know about Mormonism from this book, but I have learned details than I really ever needed to know about a stranger s sex life The book isn t very well written, either, but it has the same weird appeal as that of a daytime talk show, where you can t really figure out WHY the guests want to reveal these sordid and intimate det [...]


    • This is a pretty good book but i like to save 4 and 5 stars for brilliance What an insane coaster ride a Mormon girlhood looks to a critically thinking mind Which is why that sort is discouraged Intellectual , i hear, is a derogatory term to Mormons What blew me away most was the prying into her most private self so that untrained and horribly sexist white men could decide her worthiness.She describes her Temple marriage which sounds like a cartoon version of a Masonic rite during which she hear [...]


    • Living in a huge Mormon community, it was eye opening to read this book It shows how the LDS church values male priesthood authority above all else How a female cannot get to the celestial kingdom the highest level of heaven without having a husband to bring her there If I had any thoughts of ever entertaining this religion, this book sealed the deal not too I felt the author has a lot of mental health issues, not sure why, if she was born with her issues or if they were caused by her church The [...]


    • A client gave me this book to read was shocking but I am unsure how much is true It is the story of a girl raised in the mormon church and her struggles in marriage along with details of the church practices May be offensive to members of the church and I don t recommend taking everything she says as the truth.


    • I lived in Utah for a number of years and reading books relating to the dominate religion of the area has provided a lot of insight into the culture of that state.I can see how beliefs that one is raised with can really stick in your sub conscious, and mold your behaviors long after you consciously choose to leave them behind Mormonism is a very strange belief system, and I truely wonder at the highly educated individuals with whom I am acquianted who are members of the LDS Church and folks, I m [...]


    • Badly written The author was extremely childish and naive throughout, and comes across as a very flat, one sided character It s hard to believe anyone was actually that simple in how she thought I m sure the author was trying to just oversimplify the events of her life, but it didn t come across that way.I didn t really learn anything new about Mormonism either, which is why I read the book, and could not like Laake as a person, which made for a dreadful book.


    • I was drawn to this book because my biological dad and his family are Mormons and I was curious about the weird rumors I d heard about the religion This book starts out spilling all the juicy details, then veers off into this woman s battles with depression, low self esteem and possible mental illness It s an interesting read.


    • on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 I wrote about this book Read this in a couple of hours I was shocked to learn that the author had commited suicide a couple of years after this book was published.It was a very interesting read Not the best of writing but an interesting view on the Mormoms church.


    • This wasn t what I expected I am fascinated by the history of the Mormon church and its secretive ceremonies You do get glimpses into these topics, but the book is really about one woman s journey into self discovery It was an interesting read, just not what I was expecting.


    • This is an interesting book I grew up Mormon I now know it s a cult This book reminded me of many things I was told taught growing up that sound crazy now but I accepted because I was a child Some parts were pretty slow and hard to keep my attention.


    • Supposedly Mormon secrets, but mostly about her descent into mental problems and how the church failed her expectations Kind of a sad book



    • The book cover is really misleading It is not some lurid tell all book full of dramatic secrets It is an ironic, funny, thoughtful coming of age story set among the Mormons There is a lot humor and irony than you would imagine by looking at the cover I expected it to read as a flat autobiography written by a ghostwriter Instead I found Laake s writing style to be really enjoyable It would make a great TV mini series.



    • e day ahead was made up only of opportunities for catching the glance of the love of my life as we passed each other on the side walk, and I fell asleep wondering how many days would slide by before I found him I knew romance was about to overtake me This thought to me sums up what the heart of this novel is Laake does delve into how her Mormon upbringing shaped her and how the religion had an effect on her but the issue which seems to loom the largest in the book is her overwhelming need to ha [...]


    • It s a decent story about a former Mormon who is raised in the faith but encounters disappointment as an adult I thought it might be a bitter account of someone who hated the church, someone full of bias critiques, but even later in life she finds herself going back to the vicinity, because as imperfect as its members can be, the gospel has a certain draw Not a great read I, being a guy, can t relate, and my experiences have not been similar Then again, lots has changed since the 70 s when most [...]


    • Laake s story of her young adulthood as a Mormon is very easy to read although the content is somewhat disturbing Her religious aspirations to be pleasing to God found their earthly home in bad marriages which assured her way into heaven and damning her when they failed In spite of oaths that would require bodily harm if she shared any information about the secret ceremonies, Laake allows her readers to join her in the Temple ceremonies which bound her to her first husband in this life and the a [...]


    • I found this book interesting, but also tiresome and dreary The first 3 4ths are a chronicle of going from one relationship to another, it s a story about the men in my life than my life And it got on my nerves The last part was when she finally broke through that whole thing of living through men and started living for herself and it got much better right before it ended.This author revealed way about the ceremonies in the Mormon Temple than any other I ve read She was also graphic in much of [...]


    • I picked up this book because of Martha Beck s mention in her awesome Leaving the Saints She was recalling her temple marriage, and my interest was piqued when she referred to Laake s book as far revealing than hers about inner Temple practices So, meh I thought Laake s style was horrendous and disjointed and I m snobby enough to find sentences such as I never got completely clear on the nature of Eugenie s disorder intensely irritating I m not a perfect writer, but well, I guess there are just [...]


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