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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly 
by Stephanie Oakes


Minnow has lived most of her seventeen years in the woods.  She is a Kevinian.  She believes in a God named Charlie who has glass green eyes.  There are rules.  One is that the Prophet decides who he is going to marry.  The Prophet decides everything.  Minnow has questions.  The Prophet's answer to Minnow's questioning is that God has told him to take Minnow as one of his wives.  Minnow doesn't want to marry the Prophet.  And that's where we meet Minnow, at the Missoula County Juvenile Detention Center.  

In The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly we hear the story backwards.  The story unfolds little by little as Minnow sits in the Missoula County Juvenile Detention Center.  From her move from the city to the woods.  To her exploration of the woods around her.  To her meeting with Jude.  To the fire.  

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a complicated coming of age story.  Minnow's life is tragic, yet it is also sacred.  She has to determine which questions need to be answered, and which ones she has to leave to faith.  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a great read for people of all ages, but most importantly for girls in their later teens through their mid-twenties.  Minnow's self-realizations on her own terms make her a hero to women worldwide.  To be a part of her struggle and to see her come out on the other side gives all of us hope the we can do likewise!

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