Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Jon Krakauer / Dec 09, 2019
Under the Banner of Heaven A Story of Violent Faith A multilayered bone chilling narrative of messianic delusion savage violence polygamy and unyielding faith This is vintage Krakauer an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an ot
  • Title: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • ISBN: 9780330419123
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • A multilayered, bone chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith This is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.Jon Krakauer s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits In Under The Banner of HA multilayered, bone chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith This is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.Jon Krakauer s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits In Under The Banner of Heaven A Story of Violent Faith, he shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this divinely inspired crime, Krakauer constructs a multilayered, bone chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith Along the way, he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.Krakauer takes readers inside isolated communities in the American West, Canada, and Mexico, where some forty thousand Mormon Fundamentalists believe the mainstream Mormon Church went unforgivably astray when it renounced polygamy Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the leaders of these outlaw sects are zealots who answer only to God Marrying prodigiously and with virtual impunity the leader of the largest fundamentalist church took seventy five plural wives, several of whom were wed to him when they were fourteen or fifteen and he was in his eighties , fundamentalist prophets exercise absolute control over the lives of their followers, and preach that any day now the world will be swept clean in a hurricane of fire, sparing only their most obedient adherents.Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear eyed look at Mormonism s violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism The result is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.
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    1. I don t know where to start with this book I couldn t put it down It was enthralling A quick note about Krakauer this was the first book I ve read by him and I was duly impressed with his story telling ability and his writing style I will definitely add his other books to my reading list.Now for the book holy shit Like most people I didn t know much about Mormons beyond the basics And let it be known right off the bat that I am a devout athiest who thinks all religions are a load of bull I can c [...]


    2. I read this book for the book club at my local library Afterwards, I felt indignant, confused, intrigued, and disgusted about all forms of faith So, I sincerely hoped that a Saint or two would show up at the book club meeting, to nullify my extremely negative view of the church Alas, no LDS believers showed, so I am left to my own conclusions about the book and faith in general Here are some of my conclusions and questions after reading this sprawling, fascinating account of the history of polyg [...]


    3. 4.0 to 4.5 stars For non fiction, this book had me absolutely riveted from the very beginning This true crime narative has three main themes, all of which I think Krakauer accomplishes extremely well First, this is a true crime story of the brutal double murder of Brenda Lafferty and her 15 month old baby girl at the hands Ron and Dan Lafferty the older brothers of Brenda s husband Second, is a survey of the origin and early history of Mormonism and the basic doctrines of the Mormon faith Third, [...]


    4. This is a hard book for me to review given that I have quite a few Mormon friends and that although my own philosophy leans towards existentialism than anything else, I feel its differents strokes for different folks, who am I to criticise and all the other cliches to do with tolerance Hard because this is my review, my feelings and yet I do not seek to be offensive, and don t want to be taken that way Hard because I am led inescapably by this book to view Mormonism as a cult that has changed a [...]


    5. You know, I probably shouldn t have read this directly after finishing In Cold Blood I m not saying the combination brought out the homicidal psychotic in me, but I did have to pay for stabbing the hell out of a turkey in the Albertson s meat section the other day Is there a stranger sect out there than the Mormons I mean, golden plates lost tribes Nephites battling Lamanites Orrin Hatch Well, yes, I guess one look at Tom Cruise jumping up and down on Oprah s couch suggests that Scientology has [...]


    6. This book makes a lot of big promises, but it suffers from several serious flaws 1 Lack of focus.2 Too long.3 Preposterous claim.4 BoringThis is a true crime novel maybe set against the history of the Mormon Church but not really trying to tie in a couple of murders committed by a couple of sickos all too common into an historical and political climate of post terrorist, millennial religious revival unsuccessfully.For true crime, it s shockingly dull, and the crime is committed by the middle of [...]


    7. Onvan Under the Banner of Heaven A Story of Violent Faith Nevisande Jon Krakauer ISBN 330419129 ISBN13 9780330419123 Dar 372 Safhe Saal e Chap 2003


    8. Hmmmwhere do I start First of all, I didn t finish reading this book It was intriguing in the beginning to learn about the Fundamentalist Mormons and the interestingly odd things they believe and practice It was also interesting to contemplate the power of faith Faith in something or someone, regardless of what or whom they are, can make people do unbelievable things This is true.I can see how Krakauer would have been frustrated when access to historical documents and interviews with prominent L [...]


    9. I really enjoyed Into Thin Air, but now I wonder if it is poorly done as this book was As a Mormon I was amazed at Krakauer s complete naivete that he s trying to pass off as expertise and a well researched book I d be scared of Mormonism too if I read this and didn t know better The logic leaps he makes are simply massive For a story about the Lafferty s, this is a nicely told yarn For understanding its extrapolation into a story about Mormonism it is foolishness at its finest.


    10. Intriguing and Incisively IconoclasticRon Dan Lafferty, convicted of vicious 1984 murders of their brother s wife infant daughter shown below A razor edged examination of fanaticism in religion, focused primarily on the Mormon Church and its fundamentalist offshoot sects that continue to adhere to the norms the federal government forced the Church to abandon over a century ago polygamy and the marriage of pubescent females Jon Krakauer concentrates on the true story of the 1984 murders of a woma [...]


    11. Thank God that s over no pun intended This book may have been confused about what it was or maybe it s just me thats confused, but by the end of this or, to be accurate, well before the middle I felt saturated with history and facts to the point that I could no longer distinguish what was referring to Mormonism and what was FLDS The crime discussed on the cover doesn t feel central to the book, and I didn t get a true sense of where the author was placing blamercissistic personality disorder or [...]


    12. My father s family is obsessed with Mormons, I think it s fair to say Well.t Mormons Most of the Mormons I ve known have been perfectly regular people If you re Mormon, please forgive me if that sounds callous We are, however, obsessed with Mormonism, and have been since my aunt and uncle took a trip to Salt Lake City many years ago and came back with something we call The Mormon Movie The Mormon Movie is like the axis point of a fascination that s gone on for years and is easy to explain we re [...]


    13. This book is fantastic Krakauer looks at the history of violence in the Mormon religion both against them and perpetrated by them and how this violence, romanticized by modern fundamentalist Mormon polygamists, led two men to kill their sister in law and her baby because they said God told them to These men felt, and continued to feel, no remorse because of their doctrine that killing for the Lord is entirely acceptable if it is necessary to do God s will.Krakauer s greater point is to look at A [...]


    14. This 2003 book by Jon Krakauer provides a well crafted interweaving of two histories the origin and evolution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints LDS Church , and a modern double murder committed in the name of God by brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who subscribed to a fundamentalist version of Mormonism These histories are interrelated because the murder was motivated by endeavors of the Lafferty brothers to follow their understanding of the original manifestation of LDS teachings [...]



    15. Gosh, I still feel a bit stunned This book gives you a lot to think about, and it does it with a thwack Basically this is story of the Lafferty brothers, born into a deeply fundamentalist Mormon family with a sometimes brutal but sometimes loving father, whom they adored As they grew older they really went off the rails, and they did so by becoming even fundamentalist than their father, immersing themselves in old Mormon writings, and living their lives by these tenets, in a way that was both o [...]


    16. I don t know if I can write an unbiased review of Under the Banner of Heaven I ll say this Krakauer s well researched, exceedingly well written 2003 book, which is 1 3rd a true crime examination of the brutal 1984 murders of Brenda Lafferty and her young daughter Erika by two Fundamentalist i.e polygamous Mormons Dan and Ron Lafferty her brothers in law and 2 3rds an exhaustive examination of the Mormon religion particularly its violent foment , is a fascinating read What I have some trouble wit [...]


    17. An impressive undertaking by Jon Krakauer A book of history, the tale of a modern religion, an extreme sect and a cold hearted murder Those ingredients would attract a vast array of audience and indeed it did and still do A nonfiction that narrates a history of the latter day church the Mormons their tale, their beginning with Joseph Smith and the story of the Golden plates Polygamy, and how that tenant in the historical church caused a schism and gave birth to the fundamental LDS, that believes [...]


    18. Good grief At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews So why another one Good question.Predictably, if you are a Mormon you won t like this book, although it does seem to be well researched and relatively even handed What appears to us skeptics as just silly nonsense is, for some people, inspired holy writ Go figure The Mormons themselves can t figure out what s revelation or not and who is or is not a prophet as Joseph Smith discovered to his dismay His o [...]


    19. This book was intense I m a sucker for religious studies anyway, especially those different from my own, and this book has been on my radar for awhile now because Mormonism in general and fundamentalists of all kinds have always interested me, so when I found out this book was about Mormon fundamentalists, there was never any doubt that I d read it eventually But what I was expecting from this book and what I got were two totally different beasts My expectation was to walk away thinking, hm, yes [...]


    20. Somehow, in Krakauer s and every other story of Christian fundamentalism and extremism that is exposed, those involved justification for doing evil and ignoring good is all founded on extreme and polarizing doctrines Polygamy Holy Wars Visions Revelation Line of succession All legitimate things to think and worry about, but they seem to completely ignore the important things that Christ taught while on earth Saymething like.blessed are the peacemakers And loving our neighbors And repentance, hop [...]


    21. If you, like me, were enlisted in Catholic school as a child, or even if you weren t, you may remember the story of how god commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Issac the only , I seem to remember, was always emphasized in the telling But just as soon as Abraham got little Issac up to the top of the mountain and was standing over him with a dagger or something like that, god said, and I m paraphrasing here, LMFAO you were really going to do it, weren t you While I admittedly can t rememb [...]


    22. Isn t it funny, an amazing coincidence, how the commandments of God so often match the desires, ambitions and bigotries of His self proclaimed prophets Feeling horny That s cool, God is down with polygamy, bone away to your heart s content, sin free Like drugs So does God Smoke up, bro Hate women God is so totally over those uppity chicks, dude Racist Oh boy this is your lucky day, God is totally racist Not racist Wait, God changed his mind, he was just fooling ya Did that guy just flip you off [...]


    23. Somewhere, there is a story aching to be told about Mormonism, the positive and negative effects of religious faith on thought and psychological development, the painting of an integrated mainstream with the tarred brush of extremist fringes, and the general place of religion in US culture This book is oh, so totally not it.


    24. UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH BY JON KRAKAUER I finished Under the Banner of Heaven two days ago now, and I haven t written the review yet, waiting to see if anything would change in my mind about Mormons, and so far nothing has I still think it s a horribly misogynistic religion that goes even further than all other religions I know to take away all responsibility, independent thought, and individualism, and literally sacrifice oneself to god and whoever is your president [...]


    25. I m not going to finish this book So far, he is recounting the history of the Mormon church without listing a single positive thing He has taken every exaggerated idea, including some of his own making, and used those to support a warped idea of something that I hold pretty close to my heart It s kind of the same problem I had with Mark Freiden s The World Is Flat He only told one side of the story, to praise the ideals of capitalism My analogy would be like sitting a three year old down and tel [...]


    26. Also read my review here bookbum.weebly book reviewTRIGGER WARNING rape, incest, domestic abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, child murderI m speechless OK, maybe not What the heck did I just read You re telling me this is non fiction How HOW This isn t just some freak incident either, people live like what s described in this book, I m baffled by it I mean I m a little baffled by strict religious following anyway no offence meant but Mormonism is just on another level.The story of Mormonism is so [...]


    27. Wow I m slowly becoming of a fan of non fiction, and this book is great for that Krakauer gives a well researched judging from the length of the bibliography account of the history of the Mormon church, interwoven with an absolutely chilling look at Mormon Fundamentalist communities that practice polygamy in the desert wilds of Utah, Arizona, and Canada These people are nuts, plain and simple I can have a limited respect for a watered down and spiritualist form of religion, but this kind of ext [...]


    28. I have to admit, the terrorists were following their prophet They were willing to do essentially what I did I see the parallel But the difference between those guys and me is, they were following a false prophet, and I m not Dan LaffertyThere is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane as a means of inciting evil, to borrow the vocabulary of the devout there may be no potent force than religion.More like 3.5 st [...]


    29. The low rating isn t because the book is poorly written it s not At times the book is fascinating and at times horrifying my husband just finished it too and found it riveting The subject matter, however was pretty dark and gruesome for me personally to enjoy Although well researched and even handed at times, as he explored the underbelly of Mormonism, there was undercurrent of contempt from the author It showed in the description of a man with a comb over, liver spots and bad grammar who Krakau [...]


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