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Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church [Hardcover]

Lauren Drain , Lisa Pulitzer
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March 5 2013

You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. The WBC is fervently anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti- practically everything and everyone. And they aren't going anywhere: in March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the WBC's right to picket funerals.

Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later. BANISHED is the first look inside the organization, as well as a fascinating story of adaptation and perseverance.

Lauren spent her early years enjoying a normal life with her family in Florida. But when her formerly liberal and secular father set out to produce a documentary about the WBC, his detached interest gradually evolved into fascination, and he moved the entire family to Kansas to join the church and live on their compound. Over the next seven years, Lauren fully assimilated their extreme beliefs, and became a member of the church and an active and vocal picketer. But as she matured and began to challenge some of the church's tenets, she was unceremoniously cast out from the church and permanently cut off from her family and from everyone else she knew and loved. BANISHED is the story of Lauren's fight to find herself amidst dramatic changes in a world of extremists and a life in exile.

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"In gripping detail, [Drain] reflects on her fall from grace, how it opened her eyes and how she's built a new life filled with love, not hate. Three out of four stars."

About the Author

LAUREN DRAIN works as a registered nurse. She lives with her fiancé in Connecticut, where she enjoys outdoor activities including endurance races, hiking, dirt biking, and camping. This is her first book. LISA PULITZER is a former correspondent for The New York Times. She is the author and co-author of more than a dozen non-fiction books, including the bestselling Stolen Innocence.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not well written April 29 2013
By Jewel
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The best part of this book was the last chapter. The rest of the book is hard to read because its boring. It really just repeats over and over the same story. There was no real insight into this group or the writers family. It was a snoozer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Aug. 11 2013
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This was an interesting look into the Westboro Baptist Church. It's surprising that the author was banished from the "church" rather than wanting to leave, as corrupt as it is.
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By Jessica
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I'm not very good at reviews but I'll do my best to sum up why I like this book so much. Not only does it dive into the values and beliefs of the controversial 'Westboro Baptist Church', it also went into Drain's family life and the trauma of being cut off from one's family. It was tragic but also fascinating. I couldn't stop reading until I had finished the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Banished by Lauren Drain - A good eye opener read! March 29 2013
By lar57
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I just finished reading Banished. It was interesting and she's courageously shared enlightening details of her journey with her family and Westboro Baptist Church. A weaker person would likely not have come through this in one piece. It's hard to imagine those in the grip of WBC being freed from their fears and narrow focus apart from the love and mercy of the hateful God they promote. A book worth every penny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book April 7 2013
By twin609
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This was very interesting, it makes you once again remember that we should all go to the Bible the living word of God and make absolute certain that what is being taught in Church is not taken out of context. God's word when read in whole is the only guide line anyone should follow. Such damage can be done when someone makes up their own rules...
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