The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes


A hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in yourself. Finalist for the Morris Award.

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

As a Christian, I am constantly warned about cults and I look into churches before I go to make sure they don’t believe something odd or not in the Bible. I have heard and read more about cults in the past two years than ever before. They are a growing awareness that plague the world. This is the first time I have read about a cult like this one but, there is a show called “The Path” that I was reminded of while reading this.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I loved the writing, it was thought provoking and emotional. I did not however, like the way it ended. I would have liked a more definitive ending, or conclusion. I understand sometimes books are done this way to make a point but I would have liked to be more certain at the end. Despite that, this book was really good. I enjoyed reading it and I found myself devouring each page.

I also like that the image on the cover relates so closely to the book, at first I thought they were the girls hands but if you closely they are man hands and arms around a girl. Its such amazing imagery and foreshadowing in my opinion.

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