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Secret ceremonies : a Mormon woman's intimate diary of marriage and beyond

Author: Deborah Laake
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 her college years at peaceful Brigham Young  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Controversial literature
Autobiography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laake, Deborah.
Secret ceremonies.
New York : W. Morrow, 1993
(OCoLC)624349491
Named Person: Deborah Laake; Deborah Laake; Deborah Laake; Deborah Laake
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Laake
ISBN: 0688093043 9780688093044
OCLC Number: 27011618
Description: 240 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Chapters One to Eight --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Deborah Laake.

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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 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. Closed patriarchal society that had always sheltered her yet kept her from true maturity. Always lyrical and often unexpectedly funny, Secret Ceremonies is a compassionate but brutally honest insider's look at modern Mormon society. It describes the mystery of the rituals, the beauty and rigor of the theology, and the traditions of one of the world's fastest-growing Christian churches. It is also a complex rite-of-passage story, a tale of the war between religious faith and personal integrity. As a book that states the unspeakable - the official and unofficial secret ceremonies that underlie the lives of Mormon wives - it is a triumphant act of self-affirmation.

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