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Banished

Surviving My Years In The Westboro Baptist Church

By Lauren Drain

-Now a New York Times bestseller-
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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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781455512423


Format: Book
Author: Drain, Lauren
Summary: "In the bestselling tradition of Escape and Stolen Innocence, the first look behind the curtains of the Westboro Baptist Church, by a young woman cast out from its clutches"--Provided by the publisher.
Title: Banished : surviving my years in the Westboro Baptist Church / Lauren Drain with Lisa Pulitzer.
Publisher Date: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013.
Subject: Drain, Lauren. Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan.) -- Biography. Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan. -- History. Baptists -- United States -- Biography Demonstrations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity. United States -- Church history
Isbn: 9781455512423 (hardcover) 1455512427 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: B Drain
Oclc: 806014892
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Bib Id: 421003

Format: Book
Author: Drain, Lauren.
Summary: "In the bestselling tradition of Escape and Stolen Innocence, the first look behind the curtains of the Westboro Baptist Church, by a young woman cast out from its clutches"--Provided by the publisher.
Title: Banished : surviving my years in the Westboro Baptist Church / Lauren Drain with Lisa Pulitzer.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013.
Description: 295 pages, [6] pages of plages : illustrated ; 24 cm
Subjects: Drain, Lauren.
Subjects: Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan.) -- Biography.
Subjects: Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan. -- History.
Subjects: Baptists -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Demonstrations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subjects: United States -- Church history
Other Author: Pulitzer, Lisa
LCCN: 2012041784
ISBN: 9781455512423 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1455512427 (hardcover)
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: B Drain