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Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

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Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

Content warning violence/"blood atonement"

Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

In Dr. Groesbeck’s learned opinion, this revelation was a delusional artifact, as were all Ron’s revelations, spawned by depression and his deeply entrenched narcissism, with no basis whatsoever in reality. Which is, of course, what nonbelievers typically say about people who have religious visions and revelations: that they’re crazy. The devout individuals on the receiving end of such visions, however, generally beg to differ, and Ron is one of them. Ron knows that the commandments he’d received were no mere figment of his imagination. The Lord spoke to him. And he wasn’t about to believe the words of some faithless, pencil-neck shrink over the voice of the Almighty. That, after all, would really be crazy.

Under the Banner of Heaven by  (50%)

This hits a little closer to home than I'd generally care to admit.

Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

Joseph acted fast to resolve this dilemma [contradictory personal revelation] by announcing in 1830 — the same year the Mormon Church was incorporated—that God had belatedly given him another revelation: “No one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jr.” But the genie was already out of the bottle. Joseph had taught and encouraged his Saints to receive personal revelations, and the concept proved to be immensely popular. People liked talking to God directly, one-on-one, without intermediaries. It was one of the most appealing aspects of Joseph’s new church.

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I know this was definitely a draw for me.

Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

The tone of this book is interesting. The author makes no attempt to conceal his disdain for Mormonism. Admittedly, there is much worthy of criticism.

If I'd read this book as a believer, I'd have been quick to write this guy off as an anti-Mormon apostate, and probably wouldn't have finished reading.

Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

As his sixth wife, Debbie became a stepmother to Blackmore’s thirty-one kids, most of whom were older than she was. And because he happened to be the father of Debbie’s own stepmother, Mem, she unwittingly became a stepmother to her stepmother, and thus a stepgrandmother to herself.

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Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

Content warning criticism of Mormonism, mention of murder

Under the Banner of Heaven (2003, Doubleday) 4 stars

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. …

There has been a recent Hulu series of the same name made based on this book that's been criticized by many Mormons as being "filled with anti-Mormon lies"... so obviously I needed to read it.

I hadn't even finished the first paragraph before I found something I know they'd object to.

This is going to be an interesting read.

The Apollo Murders (Hardcover, Random House Canada) No rating

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The Apollo Murders (Hardcover, Random House Canada) No rating

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The Apollo Murders (Hardcover, Random House Canada) No rating

Chad gagged, his whole body convulsing as he tried to contain it. He fumbled in his leg pocket, yanking out a sick bag just in time to get it positioned over his face as the steak and eggs shot out of his mouth like a jet. Luke grimaced and pulled himself across the hatch to the other window. He poked Michael and silently pointed with his chin. Did they really have to make the bag transparent?

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