Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
Publish date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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I felt like I needed to take a long shower after finishing this book. I considered abandoning it several times as it continually made my skin crawl. It doesn't help that the "victim" of the book is very unlikeable. The title "Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church" suggests that Lauren Dr...
This was an interesting book. The writing itself was not that good, but that did not detract from the experience of reading this. I think Drain needed to write this, for herself: to vent, to rationalize, and it was a form of therapy for her. I respect that narrative. I will say one thing about the ...
I picked this book up largely because I was hoping to learn why the WBC pickets military funerals, funerals of victims of violent tragedies, and other assorted events entirely unrelated to their core message of "god hates gay people." I did not learn this. Instead, I learned that the WBC will pick...
The book focuses a lot on her time in the WBC community rather than her recovery from it. The last twenty pages (if that) are devoted to Drain's life after she has been banished. I wish there was more of that than of the inner scandals of the Phelps family. While I did find it interesting (yet not s...
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