M. Bridget Cook
New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Activist
M. Bridget Cook is the national bestselling author well-known for penning riveting tales of transformation. Her gift is her courage to bring light into the darkest places of humanity, and illuminating paths that awaken readers to their own magnificent journey. Her powerful work has been showcased on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and in People among others.
Bridget’s new release will be taking the world by storm in September of 2013: The Witness Wore Red, the 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice with FLDS survivor, Rebecca Musser. The book already has the publishing world buzzing! Bridget is also co-author of best-selling Shattered Silence, the Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter with Melissa G. Moore, and Skinhead Confessions: From Hate to Hope with former neo-Nazi TJ Leyden. Bridget’s stories continue to rock readers around the world.
In writing as in life, she loves to refute stereotypes. Bridget runs two trucking companies while enjoying her four amazing children and more pets than her beloved husband can handle. An internationally sought-after speaker and activist, Bridget wows audiences on the subjects of transformation, conscious business, and how to leave the footprints of an inspired legacy.
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The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice
Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family’s polygamous lifestyle from the “dangerous” outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people’s prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren’s father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.
The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca’s subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.
THE WITNESS WORE RED is a gripping account of one woman’s struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.Buy Now On Amazon.com
In the Media:
“Compelling . . . the book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness.” (Kirkus Reviews)
With the assistance of Cook (/Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter/, 2009, etc.), Musser describes her transition from obedient daughter and wife in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to a key witness in court cases against church leaders, including the “Prophet” Warren Jeffs.
The author was born into the religion, where multiple marriages were the norm, girls were taught to be subservient to their fathers and husbands, and marriage was the path to salvation. At 19, she was forced to become the 19th wife of the 85-year-old FLDS leader, Rulon Jeffs, who had more than 60 wives when he died. When Rulon’s son, Warren, followed him as leader, the abuses became rampant. More and more girls, some underage, were forced into “spiritual marriages” under the guise of God’s will, as handed down by Jeffs. On the other hand, teenage boys were routinely expelled from FLDS to fend for themselves, leaving more girls for church leaders. After her 14-year-old sister was forced into marriage and knowing that being a widow didn’t protect her from a second marriage, Musser fled. A motivational speaker, she views what happened at FLDS as nothing short of “human trafficking—both for labor as well as sex.”
Though compelling, Musser’s story is buried in a detail-laden, chronological narrative. The energy picks up when she describes her role in investigations of FLDS activities. She testified 20 times, always dressed in red, a color FLDS women were forbidden to wear. Courageous as she was, her role in seeking justice took a heavy toll on Musser, who lost all contact with family members still in FLDS. She felt the heavy weight of testifying against her “own people,” guilt for “deserting” her siblings and conflicting emotions about church teachings.
A decent addition to a growing body of work about polygamy, the book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness.
THE WITNESS WORE RED The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice Author: Rebecca Musser Author: M. Bridget Cook Review Issue Date: August 1, 2013 Online Publish Date: July 22, 2013
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Riveting Tales of Transformation by M. Bridget Cook
The Witness Wore Red
Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family’s polygamous lifestyle from the “dangerous” outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her […]
Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter
Throughout her life, Melissa Jesperson Moore had to hide her true identity. She had pretended that life was perfect after her parents divorced and she was suddenly uprooted from everything familiar and loving. She had to be silent, and to pretend not to be disturbed or upset by her father’s actions. Those experiences prepared Melissa […]
Living Proof: Celebrating the Gifts that Came Wrapped in Sandpaper
“What I love about the human spirit is, if one person has access to it, we all do.” — Lisa Nichols In Living Proof, her first anthology since the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul, Lisa Nichols presents more than 35 transformational true stories of ordinary people who made the extraordinary decision not […]
Skinhead Confessions: From Hate to Hope
A background in hate. A life of violence. A love for power. But all he needed was a moment of truth. I heard the gasp of horror and knew I’d been caught. “What are those?” she cried, pointing at my body, which was covered from neck to waist in graphic, sinister tattoos. No way was […]
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