Girl on a Wire: Walking the Line Between Faith and Freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church by Libby Phelps

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Read Girl on a Wire: Walking the Line Between Faith and Freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church Online Free - It wasn’t until Libby Phelps was an adult, a twenty-five year old, that she escaped the Westboro Baptist Church. She is the granddaughter of its founder, Fred Phelps, and when she left, the church and its values were all she’d known. She didn’t tell her family she was leaving. It happened in just a few minutes; she ran into her house, grabbed a bag, and fled. No goodbyes.

Based in Topeka, Kansas, the Westboro Baptist Church community is one the country’s most notorious evangelical groups. Its members are known for their boisterous picketing—their zealous members with anti-military, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay signs—“Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates Jews,” or “Thank God for 9/11”—and their notorious catchphrase “God hates fags.”

The church makes headlines in news across the country. You’ve driven past its picketers or seen them on TV. It has seventy members and ninety percent of them are part of Libby’s family. They picket concerts, football games, other churches, and, most notoriously, the funerals of servicemen and victims of hate crimes. For its members, to question its rules is to risk going to hell—where worms eat at your body and fire shoots out of your eyeballs.

In Girl on a Wire, Libby is candid about her experience and what’s happened since her escape. On Anderson Cooper Live, she was confronted by the mother of a soldier whose funeral had been picketed, and had to respond. Despite it all, she cares for her family. Her grandfather’s sermons were fear mongering, but she loves him. This unusual memoir presents a rare, inside look into a notorious cult, and is an astonishing story of strength, bravery, and determination.



Title : Girl on a Wire: Walking the Line Between Faith and Freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church
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ISBN : 151070325X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Reviews


Beth rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

It was interesting and horrifying to learn about what happened behind the scenes for Libby Phelps as she was growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church. As she says, she was brainwashed which is accurate. Given the kind of environment she grew up in, it is remarkable that she was able to escape an...


Kay rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2017

After watching the new all these years about the Phelps family, its nice to hear some good come out of it. Interesting!


Ashley rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2017

I've always been fascinated by the Westboro Baptist Church - any extreme religious movement, really - and while I read "Banished" by Lauren Drain, we really hadn't heard too much from members of the Phelps family themselves. The people who were born and bred to build the church. But that's change...


Nefertari rated it ★★★★☆

November 05, 2017

This is an amazing remembrance of a woman who pulled herself out of a cult and found her own direction in life. She's very open about the motives of those in charge and her own feelings towards the people that her church was screaming and picketing against. She expresses great regret, and offers...


Leslie rated it ★★★☆☆

October 19, 2017

Interesting if not well written account of a member of the Westboro Baptist church, famous for its picketing and knowledge of first amendment rights. Phelps is a direct descendant of the founding member Mr. Phelps, a famous attorney. I wish it had more details on how the church operated.


Nichole rated it ★★★☆☆

August 11, 2017

I found it very interesting to learn more about the church, it's beliefs and the type of home environment they live in. I felt like a lot of small details were repeated throughout the book. It was a quick easy read.


David rated it ★★★☆☆

September 18, 2017

Interesting read on indoctrination and radicalization in a religious setting. Only some of them like Libby could open their eyes a little to see the radical form of their surroundings, but not enough to reject the whole intersubjective belief system that is religion.


Julia rated it ★★★★★

August 13, 2017

<3 Much love to Libby and all her loved ones who made it out and are doing ok on the other side. Love to anyone and everyone recovering from their past and wanting a brighter future for us all


Taja rated it ★★★☆☆

September 18, 2017

The writing isn't great but it's interesting enough. Just really erratic and doesn't flow well. The inside look is cool though.


B rated it ★★★☆☆

September 10, 2017

The Westboro Church people certainly are an interestingly dreadful group of people. This easy to read, light biography provided some insight into how they think and what they believe.





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