The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes intrigued me in so many ways. I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first sentence! A girl who has no hands – extremely sad. A girl whose hands were cut off purposely by someone else – horribly tragic and frustrating. Minnow’s hands were taken from her just because she didn’t want to marry someone who already had eight wives. When Minnow was five, her family joined a religious cult lead by a prophet named Kevin. Therefore, they were known as Kevinians.

This compelling story has so many different facets, so once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down. The cult life, Minnow’s anger and confusion, the sadistic prophet, Jude and his struggles, Minnow’s escape and first confrontation with a city dweller, and the forensic psychologist Dr. Wilson and his affect on Minnow. This book is inspiring with the message that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or believes, it only matters what you think!:)

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