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Property ❴EPUB❵ ✰ Property Author Carol Christie – In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous abusive and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet In 2008 n In the early s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous abusive and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet In nearly years later she fled his religious sect Property is not a misnomer It accurately depicts how the women in the sect were treated Carol Christie reveals the degradation abuse and brainwashing that the Church Wives endured She exposes the physical abuse the mental cruelty the slave labour and the sexual deviance that took place near Owen Sound a small community just a few hours north of Toronto as well as at other locations She describes the many opportunities that officials had to investigate but walked away from swayed by the charismatic Prophet Carol is building a new life one of freedom and options With no money and no job she started again and is now dedicated to helping others who have escaped while raising awareness about the dangers of the cult.

  • Paperback
  • 168 pages
  • Property
  • Carol Christie
  • English
  • 05 December 2016
  • 9781459709768

10 thoughts on “Property

  1. Stacia (the 2010 club) Stacia (the 2010 club) says:

    I'm going to go into this review with a disclaimer that I might have enjoyed Property much better had I not read and been extremely moved by Escape and Stolen Innocence My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect Becoming a Teenage Bride and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs a few years back Both of those books are hard acts to follow especially Escape which had me on the edge of my seat wondering how the woman was going to get out from under the clutches of her abusive husband I honestly think my body was completely wound up as I read the scene in Escape when Carolyn had only moments to execute her mad dash to safetyBut it is what it is Carol Christie's account of life in a polygamous cult was meant to be told in its own right Her experience was no less meaningful or unworthy of attention I don't want to become so blase' about abusive spiritual leaders and sects to the point where I discount one person's experience as less than someone else's As a non fiction account there is a message which needs to be brought to the masses It is important for the outside world to know that abuse is happening in these closed off communitiesAs a book for the purpose of readability it was just okay Entertainment is not the key reason for reading non fiction and memoirs but I know that the compelling the read the likely I am going to want to keep reading It was easy enough for me to zip through Property because it was short But I never felt an emotional attachment to the story the way I have with other similar storiesEven with that I picked up several key notes which bear repeating If you've ever asked yourself why people stay in situations such as these this book will clear some of that up for you When a person is raised in a sect away from mainstream information it is literally all they know Information about how to leave or even survive on the outside will never be freely given The cycle continues on and on because it is all a person knows how to do and fear is so instilled into the followers that they honestly believe the wrath of God will befall them should they try to escapeI'm going to go off on a personal ramble which ties into part of my fascination with cults and alternate lifestyles A few of you know already that I've been working on a book which features a female lead who falls in love with a cult leader This book is based from a few of my own personal experiences one with a cult group I've interacted with one from a business in my town that I've freuented which is run by a cult and the rest from other random experiences I've happened upon Several years ago my husband and I vacationed in a small ski town and decided to wander into a local church one Sunday morning The pastor I use the uotes loosely because I've known and valued many honest and true clergy members was using the pulpit to ridicule his members into submission deriding them for tasks which they did not complete He stood up there and yelled at his congregation until one of them finally jumped up and started in on the task in uestion My husband and I gaped at each other probably with our mouths open and gave the signal that we needed to exit immediately This is not an example of a functioning and healthy church This is an example of what people can find themselves pulled into for various reasons whether it's being born into the situation and not knowing any better or even in times when a person finally finds a place where they feel they belong before the true nature of what goes on is revealed Books like Property serve a purpose in the world they allow us to see how atrocities like this do happen and that we should maybe not always be so uick to turn a blind eye to themI wish that I'd known what to do in the situation above Maybe my solution will be in writing about it Maybe this was the solution or even possibly therapy for the author of Property in getting her story out there While this book might not have been a grabber for me I thank her for being brave enough to come forward and I hope that she gets to reunite with loved ones and recover some of what has been lost to herOne last note I feel that polygamy should not be the focus when reading books like these Everyone who practices polygamy does so in a different way Not every person practicing polygamy is in a cult or is trying to force underage girls into marriage or is an abusive person When reading about religious sects I try to only look at the situation at hand and not use it as a base to judge everyone who participates in a lesser known lifestyle Polygamy is legal and respectively practiced in many parts of the world This book was provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  2. Sara Sara says:

    I normally like reading memoirs of people who have escaped polygamous cults This book is nothing like most of the others I have read And that's not a good thing and here's whyThis author chose to protect all persons she wrote about so she does not name ANY names That makes it pretty hard to verify any of her story is true in my opinion Even the most villainous characters are not named Why would you protect the bad guys??Another issue I had with this book is the author's constant victim tone At every turn she points out how she was the victim of someone else's choicebehaviorverbal assaultetc This lady was not handed a fair deck of cards true A lot of people are dealt a bad lot in life but she seems to wallow in her own self pityHowever my Main Problem with this book is that the author actually sanctioned the physical emotional and mental abuse of herself and her own two children I say that because she was not raised in this cult she was introduced into it when she was a young adult So she had a lot of experience living in the outside world She knew the difference between right and wrong even if she had been brainwashed by her cult Who lets another person harm their child and does nothing to stop it from ever happening again???? I don't buy into the I was so brainwashed I didn't know I had a choice line of thought If she had been born and raised into the cult maybe; but even her own son who WAS born and raised into the cult had the brains and the courage to stand up and say This is not right I am leaving This book is terrible If you want to read a factual and compelling book about the polygamous lifestyle read the two books by Irene Spencer Shattered Dreams and Cult Insanity Another good one is Escape by Carolyn Jessop

  3. Teresa Teresa says:

    While the topic was interesting the execution of the story left a lot to be desired in my opinion There was a great deal of repetition and items which could have been expanded upon in further detail were glossed over while less interesting tidbits were expounded upon excessively There were gaps in the information which led to uestions than answers for example the children seem to have attended mainstream public schools and received mainstream medical care as did Carol but this conflicts with the idea that nobody knew there was another way to live or exist While they may have rejected it as being against their religion that's not really the same as not knowing The housing situation when Carol was essentially under house arrest was confusing as well I had the impression the apartment was located around non church members which again makes me uestion the not knowing claims Finally given Carol's own upbringing living a life outside the cult I fail to understand how she didn't actually know life beyond the cult Anyway those were a few of my thoughts upon finishing I'd love to know did she legally divorce the Prophet's son before re marrying? Did she get therapy? Could she hire a PI to locate her older son?All that said it was a fast easy read

  4. Sheila Sheila says:

    It is difficult to say I liked the book when the content is so disturbing Abuse on this scale in the name of religion is abhorrent but I kept reading because I knew the author had escaped the torment of so many years Also knowing the settings all within two hours of my home is interesting and I worked with the author's nowhusband years earlier so there is the reassurance that she will be well treated in her current life despite the history of cruel treatment

  5. Ionia Ionia says:

    With the popularity of Sister Wives and other related media I think this subject has seen light than it ever has I was curious to read this book and find out about the life of this woman and what she survived The book opens in an interesting way with the author sharing her feelings on her experiences and offering advice to others who may be in a situation that is making them uncomfortable or holding them back I liked the positive start especially for a book that dealt with such sorrow and dark subject matter The first half of this memoir should not be discounted as it tells the story of a woman who spent much of her life obeying the demands of others The abuse is terrible at times difficult to read and there are some places where I felt the subjects were not fully explored but in this case I was glad The acts of the prophets throughout this narrative make you internally cringe and feel surges of anger at the same time Still it was the latter half of the book that impressed me There have been a lot of autobiographical memoirs published and many of them tell stories of overcoming great adversity to reach a goal or start a new life but this one was very heartfelt and I couldn't help but root for this woman to live the rest of her life free of her confines It was the second half of this book that really made me feel something in my core and gave me respect for the author and her husband She has chosen to come forward with her story to enlighten her readers about the truth of what she lived through and to try to prevent the same thing from happening to others The author's voice was very honest and the writing was concise and easy to read I was in some ways surprised to find that this was a first bookOverall this is not a light and pleasant read but I felt it was a worthy read I appreciate the trauma the author must have suffered and applaud her for coming forward with her story If you wish to know about this subject this book is a good place to begin

  6. Ashley Ford Ashley Ford says:

    Carol Christie's Property written with the help of her now husband tells the story of her time as a church wife in an offshoot branch of Mormonism in Missouri In her novel Christie aims to give the reader a glimpse at the experiences and existance of a polygamous wife and specifically one that was brainwashed and coerced into a disturbing unwanted relationship The book is scheduled to be released April 27 2013 Christie published this novel is hopes of shedding light on the problems with polygamy the fate of those who are still trapped in this type of situation and bringing awareness to why polygamy should remain illegal be prosecuted and be thoroughly investigated by authorities I received a galley of this novel from the publisher prior to its release in exchange for an honest reviewThe book follows the traditional format of an autobiographical memoir and retells her story beginning in her late teen years when her mother seemingly goes off the deep end drops her fondness for alcohol and replaces it with an addiction to a fanatical religion She is cornered into marrying their Prophet by her own mother and is forced to abandon her own dreams of a normal life and pursuing her own interests Instead she finds herself becoming a church wife fulfilling her duties which are not limited to housekeeping childbearing and sharing a bed with her husband even at times while he is engaging in intercourse with his other wivesThe story itself is an eye opener and there is no shortage of dramatics and intrigue while delving into the world of a religious sect However throughout my reading I couldn't help but feel as though some of the writing was missing something Despite feeling as though the delivery was a little lackluster I did enjoy reading about her day to day experiences and learned than I would have otherwise known about how an intelligent woman can be manipulated into staying in an undesirable marriage with other women bearing children who have what seems to be innumerable half siblings and somehow sharing responsibility for all of them Despite the interest I had in the topic and my fondness for memoirs Christie's voice simply did not suit my preferences At times she would digress from chronological order in order to explain but in my own opinion there were times that it simply did not flow well While she did get her point across I found myself less emotionally moved than I would like to have been Christie states in the beginning of the novel she does not capitalize her references to the prophet through pronouns out of respect but one can't help but feel that way as they constantly see prophet he him and his capitalized throughout the text Between that and what felt to me as a lack of raw emotion and instead simply recalling facts I did not feel emotionally connected to her as I do the main individuals in many books written to tug the heartstrings Despite those things Christie definitely has an interesting story to tell and she does manage to keep the reader going The fact that it is a relatively short easy read also helps me to say that the book is worth the effort to finish even if it could have been a little better if it pulled the reader in a bit The bravery that it takes to recall years of abuse and openly write about it deserves respect in itself I find myself hoping that other members of the cult including her son from who she is now estranged may somehow find out about the novel and pick it up for a read If she can persuade anyone to leave the lifestyle the book will than have served its purpose

  7. Lynn Lynn says:

    Today's Nonfiction post is on Property The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife by Carol Christie and John Christie It is 168 pages long and is published by Dundurn The cover is brown with a keyhole under the title and a house in the distance The intended reader is someone who is interested in cults polygamy and survivor stories There is very mild foul language talk of sex and violence in this book There Be Spoilers AheadFrom the back of the book The true story of a brave woman's nearly 40 years in a polygamous cult her eventual escape and her struggle to integrate into a world she barely knew In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous abusive and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet In 2008 nearly 40 years later she fled his religious sect Property is not a misnomer It accurately depicts how the women in the sect were treated Carol Christie reveals the degradation abuse and brainwashing that the Church Wives endured She exposes the physical abuse the mental cruelty the slave labour and the sexual deviance that took place near Owen Sound a small community just a few hours north of Toronto as well as at other locations She describes the many opportunities that officials had to investigate but walked away from swayed by the charismatic Prophet Carol is building a new life one of freedom and options With no money and no job she started again and is now dedicated to helping others who have escaped while raising awareness about the dangers of the cultReview This book sounds like it is promising to give the reader an inside up close and personal view into the life of a polygamous woman It gives some in bits and pieces but it gives any real details about her life her marriage or even her cult Christie just does not want to give details about anything other than some of the abuse that she survived at the current leader's hands That is it she does not really talk about being a polygamous wife she does not really talk about the inside of having other wives their children and all the problems that comes with that I am not sure what she is trying to do with this book as she will not even name who the abusers are so that outside people can know what is really going on The writing is not terrible but there is just no substance to the story I was disappointed at times bored and overall unimpressed with this survival narrativeI give this a book a Two out of Five stars I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library

  8. Mary - Buried Under Romance Mary - Buried Under Romance says:

    As memoirs go this book served as a call to action rather than a simple autobiography Then again is there ever a simple autobiography? I will not rehash the retelling of Carol Christie's years living as a Church Wife The stated purpose of Property is that its readers will realize how terrible the practice of polygamy is that we do not want it in CanadaLoc 34 of 1519 From what I perceive upon reading this memoir it is not so terrible the practice of polygamy but rather fanatical religious cults where degrading practices are condoned due to one man's claim to godhood In all fairness what people suffer from polygamy is mostly emotional dissatisfaction that stems unwanted rivalry among the same sex for competition of a spouse It is natural for humans to become possessive towards objects of their affections so the practice of monogamy allows for the idea of belonging to only one However judging by the retelling of events in this memoir it took Carol Christie a long time to physically escape the cult even when she was not forced to stay Why was she able to withstand so long being one of several Church Wives? Why did she not simply leave the place? This delves a lot into the psychology of cults rather than the simple practice of polygamy Ultimately it is a difficult criteria for which a memoir is to be judged By the uality of its message this book fails as persuasive propaganda against polygamy because normal people who commit polygamy are not subjected to the terrorism displayed by the cult leader the Prophet There may be many who disagree with my opinion; while I in no way condone polygamy I find this book teetering on the absurd due to the dichotomy between its contained message and intended purpose and likely would not prove to be a moving piece of literature in any reading circle ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  9. Robyn Lesauvage Robyn Lesauvage says:

    PROPERTYTHE TRUE STORY OF A POLYGAMOUS CHURCH WIFEBY CAROL CHRISTIE WITH JOHN CHRISTIE160 pages Published by Dundurn Press 2013ISBN # 978 1 4597 0976 8“Anti polygamy laws arose in Canada out of objections to the lifestyle of early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the MormonsThe first Mormons came here from the United States in 1888 just two years before their church finally ended the controversial practice of male devotees taking multiple wivesSir John A Macdonald was Canada's prime minister at the time and his government actively sought out religious groups to settle the country opened up by the newly built Canadian Pacific railroadBut Macdonald told the head of Canada's first Mormon colony Charles Card that he wanted no truck with polygamy In 1890 as mainstream and dissenting Mormons who still favoured multiple spouses settled on the Prairies Canada passed its first laws against polygamy They were if you like Mormon specific” uoted from Files from Danial Lak CBC Staff The Canadian PressCarol Christie in her first book autobiography bravely and selflessly leads us into her life journey which was a devastatingly painful experience of Polygamy Most of us would never dream of sharing this horrible abusive personal history with anyone She has courageously stepped out and moved forward in an heroic effort to save her own life as well as her two sons After surviving many years of mental and physical abuse at the hands of so called religious “leaders” without knowing any truths about the outside world Carol fled a life of inhumane existence In writing this book Carol Christie has to some extent freed her soul and in doing so has gracefully shone a light for others to follow

  10. Stephanie F. Stephanie F. says:

    This a very interesting book It is about a woman the writer who was forced into a religious in her late teens She was forced to marry the head of this sect known as the Prophet and gave birth to two sons by him Immediately I felt deep sympathy for this woman She was like most young women full of dreams and good aspirations and then she had those torn away from her Carol Christie writes of what her life was like in this religious sect that she spent most of her life apart of There was an overwhelming amount of verbal abuse physical beatings and sexual abuse When her oldest son is in his thirties he leaves the cult A little later so does Christie The younger son stays with the community and is still there as far as anyone knows Leaving was very difficult for them because they had lived their whole lives hearing that the outside world was evil and they would suffer eternal damnation for leaving What they found on the outside though was that there were kind people and organizations willing to help them assimilate and hopefully lead fulfilling lives I enjoyed reading about this woman's experience even though it was heart breaking I think it is important to realize the truly unfortunate and dispicable situations that people have had to live I feel like the book could have been put together better chronilogically speaking somethings just felt out of place Also I hope that the author who has lost all respect or appreciation for any organized church or religion can one day see that they are not all bad and have done a lot of good for many people

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