Girl on A Wire

Girl on A Wire

Walking the Line Between Faith and Freedom in the Westboro Baptist Church

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It wasn’t until Libby Phelps was an adult, a twenty-five year old, that she escaped the Westboro Baptist Church. She is the granddaughter of its founder, Fred Phelps, and when she left, the church and its values were all she’d known. She didn’t tell her family she was leaving; there were no goodbyes. In Girl on a Wire, Libby is candid about her experience and what’s happened since her escape. This unusual memoir presents a rare, inside look into a notorious cult, and is an astonishing story of strength, bravery, and determination.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Skyhorse Publishing,, [2017].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781510703254
Characteristics: 208 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stewart, Sara - Author
Summary: It wasn’t until Libby Phelps was an adult, a twenty-five year old, that she escaped the Westboro Baptist Church. She is the granddaughter of its founder, Fred Phelps, and when she left, the church and its values were all she’d known. She didn’t tell her family she was leaving; there were no goodbyes. In Girl on a Wire, Libby is candid about her experience and what’s happened since her escape. This unusual memoir presents a rare, inside look into a notorious cult, and is an astonishing story of strength, bravery, and determination.

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SarahDormat
Dec 06, 2017

I've got a lot of respect for Libby Phelps and her life as she's choosing to live it now. Unfortunately, I didn't get much satisfaction out of her book. It seemed lacking in self awareness. Perhaps she wasn't far enough removed from the WBC to truly reflect on it or maybe the writing itself was the problem. Either way, I found myself cringing at times when she would say things like, "I didn't think we were bullying anyone. I thought we were helping them," but then she wouldn't really go on to say that now she understands. I needed more. She may not be ready to give more and that's understandable but I found the lack of revelation disappointing.

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