May Book Club Review

May 12, 2015 at 9:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

We read another nonfiction book this month, Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. Like most of Krakauer’s books (i.e. Into Thin Air and Into the Wild), this ties a real-life narrative to a broader historical event. In this case he weaves the story of the Lafferty brothers, Mormon men who committed a grisly murder in the name of their religion, and the history of that religion itself. I’ve never read much about Mormonism in general let alone Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (where the polygamists come into play) so it was really…eye-opening, surprising and informative. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Do you have a minute to talk about Jesus?

Two Lafferty brothers believed they had a revelation from God that directed them to kill their sister-in-law and her infant daughter. Unfortunately for them, the law did not think the same thing and they were both eventually caught and sent to prison. Their story is creepy, tragic and a great example of how people can become religious fanatics and allow that fanaticism to change their world and the worlds of those around them. I’m not saying all religion is bad or evil – everything in moderation – but the Lafferty’s took their faith to a whole new and disturbing level.

Overall, the ladies at book club agreed that, while perhaps overly long, the book was a good and interesting read. We met at SouthBranch, a nice place with a huge patio, on what was pretty much the warmest day of the year we’ve had so far. It was so wonderful, in fact, that sitting outside was impossible. However we were able to grab a table indoors so it all worked out. We each enjoyed a couple of cocktails and for dinner I had a red quinoa veggie burger with a delicious aioli sauce along with some tater tots, because you can never go wrong with tater tots. Ever.

Until next tots, I mean time!


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