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Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage

Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Kody Brown , Meri Brown , Janelle Brown , Christine Brown , Robyn Brown

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In many ways, the Browns are like any other middle-American family. They eat, play, and pray together, squabble and hug, striving to raise happy, well-adjusted children while keeping their relationship loving and strong. The difference is, there are five adults in the openly polygamous Brown marriage—Kody and his four wives—who among them have seventeen children.

Since TLC first launched its popular reality program Sister Wives, the Browns have become one of the most famous families in the country. Now Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn reveal in their own words exactly how their special relationship works—the love and faith that drew them together, the plusses and pitfalls of having sister wives, and the practical and emotional complications of a lifestyle viewed by many with distrust, prejudice, even fear. With the candor and frankness that have drawn millions to their show, they talk about what makes their fascinating family work, addressing the topics that intrigue outsiders: How do the four relationships differ? What effect does a polygamous upbringing have on their children? What are the challenges—emotional, social, or financial—involved in living this lifestyle? Is it possible for all four sister wives to feel special when sharing a husband—and what happens when jealousy arises? How has being on camera changed their lives? And what’s it like to add a new wife to the family—or to be that new wife?

Filled with humor, warmth, surprising insights, and remarkable honesty, this is a singular story of plural marriage and all the struggles and joys that go with it. At heart, it’s a love story—unconventional but immediately recognizable in the daily moments of trust, acceptance, forgiveness, passion, and commitment that go into making one big, happy, extraordinary family.

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The Brown family members—husband Kody, wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, and their seventeen children—are open polygamists and the stars of the popular TLC reality program Sister Wives.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7230 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 290 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1451661304
  • Verlag: Gallery Books; Auflage: Reprint (1. Mai 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005C776IK
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sad Stories 6. Mai 2012
Von Carol E. Wasson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I watch the show Sister Wives on TLC but don't consider myself a starry eyed fan. I watch the show because I enjoy learning about other lifestyles and cultures. I don't have any issues with the family living however they want, I am a big fan of freedom of choice in how you live your life. Although I watch the show, I wanted to know more about why this family has chosen this life. The book doesn't really answer this fully. I understand there is a celestial principle that they believe in and also understand that taking plural wives is part of adhering to this principle. Although it doesn't really say this, the general impression I get is that they feel that in order to enter the highest kingdom of heaven, the celestial kingdom, they are required to live 'the principle' which requires plural marriage. This is how I understand it, but I could be wrong.

All that being said, that explanation above is about the only reason I can see these women agreeing to live in this lifestyle. Each woman's section and story is actually very sad. I was refreshingly surprised that each wive in their sections appeared to be writing very honestly about their struggles with plural marriage. I find both Janelle's and Christine's stories to be particularly heartbreaking. Both Janelle and Christine had such difficulty with being accepted and approved by Meri that they both in different ways ended up moving out of a shared house to separate houses, Christine to a cottage on the property and Janelle at one point, actually moved with the kids to a house near her mother. It seems that for both Christine and Janelle, they could never do anything right in Meri's eyes so there was a lot of friction. It was heartbreaking to read Janelle's description of sitting in a chair by herself while Meri and Kody held hands when they watched movies at home.

It seems that they didn't all live together in the true plural marriage sense until the Lehi house. Even then it sounded like Meri liked to keep her distance (and made kind of catty remarks about how she and her daughter liked to be healthy and quiet vs. the other wives, which seemed like unnecessary jabs), it seemed the Janelle and Chrsitine had a better bond in the Lehi house. Then Robyn enters the picture. Although Meri portrays on the show that she finally found the sister wive she had always wanted, the book tells a different story. Once it was decided to have Robyn join the family, both Meri and Christine fell into deep depressions.

Robyn's chapters are the most confusing to me. Confusing in that she is either very empathetic and caring and trying to keep peace in the plural family relationship or she is very manipulative and cunning. It's hard to know. She seems to say all the right things but it is her story that makes me wonder if she is being as honest as the others. Since her story is relatively new to the group, I guess time will tell with that.

Now that they all live in Las Vegas, it seems that they are further than every from living the true 'principle". They all live separately and seem to all be responsible for all their own bills. I guess for now the TLC paychecks keep everyone afloat. They don't seem to enjoy each other as 'friends' at all, they appear to rarely get together with the wives unless required by their Sunday church service and brunch and the mention of Friday night get togethers. The wives even mention in various ways that they don't know if they would even be friends with their sister wives if they weren't part of the family. Honestly it seems like 4 single mothers who all have the same husband. I don't see much in the way of a true big family relationship at all.

So my review comes down to this: I found each of the stories to be interesting and mostly honest. I feel that these women must feel that they have to life this lifestyle in order for future rewards in heaven (or the after life, or whatever terminology you would use) because otherwise I have no idea why they would stay in a situation where they are for the most part miserable and insecure. All the assurances that this lifestyle helps refine them doesn't feel honest to me, I think they are just trying to make the best of a bad situation. And none of the wives really hold Kody responsible for any of their unhappiness...they all love and accept him just as he is. Interestingly, his story is not all that prominent in the book and the general impression I get is that they all live their own separate lives and Kody is around on his days and on Sundays.

I will definitely watch the show now with a different understanding. I was surprised and pleased by the honesty of especially Christine and Janelle and find myself hoping they find a way out of this situation and a way towards happiness.

If you watch the show, I think you will be intrigued by their individual stories. This book will not at all encourage people to embrace the plural marriage lifestyle but does give some good insight as to what really goes on in these families.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting for fans of the show 19. Mai 2012
Von Allison Wonderland - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Browns' book provides information on their lives and marriages leading up to and slightly past Robyn's son's birth in fall 2011. It is a little hard to navigate since the story is told from the perspectives of all five adults who basically retell the same stories, gradually moving the timeline from past to present. The book is very similar both in style and content to "Love Times Three," by the Dargers, though the Dargers is marginally better written.

They answer a lot of questions regarding the wives and their relationships with Kody and with each other, however, it seems that they stop giving information on a topic at the exact moment it becomes truly interesting. For instance, we know that Meri was pretty cruel to Janelle for the first few years of marriage, but we know very few details about the sorts of cruel things she did. Same thing with Christine and Robyn: what specific things did Christine do to Robyn? Furthermore, they definitely brush over uncomfortable topics such as Janelle moving out, Robyn's first husband, Meri's overbearing tendencies, and, of course, sex. I can see why these touchy topics would be brushed aside by the authors, but it leaves the reader somewhat unsatisfied and very curious.

My impression of the Browns has changed as a result of this book. From examining the Browns through the TLC lens, I assumed that the family's problems were minor and the jealousies were kept to a minimum because of their faith in God and in their lifestyle. The book leads me to believe though that the women are pretty darn unhappy and that the bad times out number the good times. The book made me feel sorry for them. If they really are happy, I hope they write a second book that shows how happy and satisfied they are.

If you enjoy their show, this book will provide you with some answers, some questions, some food for thought, and plenty of typos (in the kindle version at least). This book is great encouragement for those who strive to learn about and be accepting of all faiths. According to Kody, "Too many people, regardless of their faith, are small-minded enough to imagine that their beliefs...are the only way to be saved or to know God." He acknowledges that it is not possible that his "family members are the only people who got it right." (page 4)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Repetitive & Depressing 5. Juli 2012
Von mark b. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Let me start by saying that I'm a "fan" of the show. I find the psychology and sociology surrounding this family extremely fascinating. The show only gives us a surface view of the family and I wanted to delve a little deeper into their history.

This book is extremely repetitive, which can be fully blamed on the editors decision on the layout. One chapter goes over "his" version of events and the next chapter goes over "her" (whichever "her" it may be) version of events. Often times the information overlaps and is repeated verbatim. There is a set of chapters where the women talk about child rearing. It was really off putting to see one of the wives make a passive aggressive statements about the other wives' child rearing techniques, and in the very next chapter that wife defends her child rearing choices. For instance, Meri goes on and on and ON about how she's strict and doesn't let the kids jump on the couches but that's OK because her furniture is kept pristine for years, whereas Janelle and Christine's couches are disgusting and break quickly. Then Janelle pipes in and says she lets the kids do what they want and that's ok because they're getting to explore and she doesn't mind paying the price in short lived couches. It's so bizarre!

Christine mentions that she and Meri had a falling out about a year or more ago, because Christine thought that Meri was being way too hard on one of her kids and disciplining them. She said it got so bad that her children were afraid of Meri. Naturally in the next chapter, Meri goes on and on about the method behind her actions and why it's the superior way of child rearing. They say the same thing about their diet choices. Meri and Robin are all about non-processed healthy food whereas the other two have nothing but pre-packaged/processed options.

Through all the rhetoric I've learned the following:
* These people were kids when they chose the polygamist lifestyle. Meri and Kody were happy and then Janelle came along and asked to be part of their marriage because she was divorced and needed some financial stability. Janelle and Meri basically hated one another so badly that Christine was brought in to lighten up the mood.
*Meri and Janelle dislike each other to this day but manage to tolerate one another.
*Meri and Christine used to get along until the disagreement over child discipline and they now just have a surface relationship to keep the peace
*Meri needed a friend in the family and met Robin, who she thought would be a great candidate. That is, until Meri realized that she'd have to share Kody all over again. There was more upheaval until Meri got used to it. Now those two are BFF while Janelle and Christine just keep to their own households.
*Kody was only physically attracted to and in love with Meri and Robin when they got married. Janelle was purely business and Christine was a strategic move. He thought Christine was fat and gross when they got married (see unfortunate Nacho incident) and was scared to death to go through with it. Eventually he became more attracted to her.
*There is a lot of drama and depression that goes along with this lifestyle. It is nowhere near as happy and rosy as they depict on the show.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Conglomeration of Unhappiness 1. Juli 2012
Von Wary - Veröffentlicht auf
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Those who are familiar with the TLC "reality" program, "Sister Wives," might be interested in this book. It presents a stark contrast between television's portrayal of chaotic but cooperative, close and loving relationships between the adult family members, versus the longstanding and dominant undercurrent of resentment and disappointment of the women. Eating disorders, at least arguably associated with this unhappiness, are not addressed. Ignored, but relevant to the tale of this plural marriage, are questions about how this large and now public group of people financially supported itself before receipt of an undisclosed amount of remuneration from TLC and associated opportunities. There is no realistic explanation about how income through the employment of only a few of the adults (before the family's association with TLC) sustained the ever-expanding family. There is no mention of the bankruptcies filed by several of the adults, which essentially required their unsecured creditors to unwillingly subsidize the family's volitional lifestyle.
Despite the purported goals, very little information regarding this sect's religious philosophies are explained.
The women claim that if starting their lives over, they would once again choose this lifestyle. If so, why do they seem so miserable?
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't waste your money 3. Juli 2012
Von bindy - Veröffentlicht auf
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Even though this book was an easy read about real people and their real thoughts it is nothing more than a gloss over of their TV show. There isn't any depth to this book and if you have ever watched the show you already know everything. I hate that I spent the $12.99 for this book. I wanted to learn something that I didn't already know. Boring.
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