Wednesday, March 19, 2014

REVIEW: Fifty Years in Polygamy by Kristyn Decker

Title: Fifty Years in Polygamy
Author: Kristyn Decker
Series: none
Publisher: Synergy Books Publishing
Published Date: republished Dec 25, 2013
ISBN: 9781936434527
Buy It Link: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Fifty Years in Polygamy is the personal history of Kristyn Decker, the daughter of a polygamist prophet. Within, she reveals a rare, uncensored, firsthand account of the inner workings of a Utah-based polygamist sect whose members today include high-profile reality television stars. Her gripping narrative describes the rampant anguish and abuse behind the happy faces that polygamist women present in public. Fifty Years in Polygamy is Kristyn’s inspiring journey, in which she challenges the common misconception that polygamy is simply a harmless lifestyle choice. For many, it is like modern-day slavery, she says.

Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an emotionally painful book to read. Because it is truly a memoir, the writing style can be choppy at times, but the content of the book far supercedes any of the style, and pulls you in. Because I like to know more about this world than just the little micro-cosm that is my life, this is the second book on polygamy I've read. The first was His Favorite Wife by Susan Schmidt. Some of the people in that book were brought up in this book. 
There is a common theme between the two books, and its one of destitution and jealousy. The husband produces so many children and can't support, either monetarily or emotionally. The different wives, despite what the TV show Sister Wives will show, have a rampant jealousy over one another for their husband's time and affection. It's only human nature.
There is a theme of childhood sexual abuse within both books as well which is painful to read, and I would hope, is being addressed by the proper authorities.
Overall, its a very interesting book to read to get you out of your comfort zone and open your eyes to parts of this life that may not be a part of yours.


  1. I've only seen a few episodes of the TLC show, Sister Wives. I've noticed that they insist there is no jealousy but it really seems like there is.

    Also, I feel that Meri consented to the lifestyle in the first place so that she could have children. I just sense a lot of sadness from her.