Joanne Hanks’ “quasi” brother-in-law praises “It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass
By S. L. Patterson
Disclaimer: I know Joanne Hanks (my former quasi-sister-in-law) -- But I sure didn't know ABOUT Joanne Hanks.
A few things I learned about Joanne from her book:
2) That Joanne has such a great sense of humor. I see it in her now-adult daughters, so I guess it had to come to them from somewhere. I was very pleased to see that Joanne can laugh about all of this afterwards (though I'm sure there wasn't as much laughter during, as she explains so well in the book).
3) That Joanne is so honest and forthcoming about her experiences in this underground, secretive world. The worst part of coming back out of something like this, is facing up to the fact that not only did you delude others, but you deluded yourself. How many of us have the courage to do that? Joanne does.
I would recommend this book for anyone wanting insight into the world of Mormonism. The larger LDS church denounces these so-called “apostate” groups, but the reality is that what happened to Joanne and her family during their sojourn is very similar to what was happening in mainstream Mormonism from its very beginnings to well into the 20th century.
One can certainly extrapolate the feel and reality of living "the law of celestial marriage" from this thoughtful and expressive tome written by one who knows -- and who is honest and transparent enough to share it with us.
Thanks, Joanne. I think we have a lot more to talk about now!