The Sound of Gravel - Ruth Wariner

The Sound of Gravel

By Ruth Wariner

  • Release Date: 2016-01-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
The Sound of Gravel book review score

5 Score: 5 (From 354 Ratings)

The Sound of Gravel Ruth Wariner Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

An instant New York Times bestseller

“A haunting, harrowing testament to survival."People Magazine

“An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community.”New York Magazine

“Unforgettable”Entertainment Weekly

The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story.

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User reviews about this book

  • The Sound of Gravel

    By Burry R
    Sad story.
  • Very engaging

    By HotElectrician
    This well written biography will have you cheering at how well these children turned out considering what they went through.
  • Memoir loved by non-reader

    By Frustrated to the max
    Wonderfully written memoir that was truly a page turner and made a non-reader unable to put the book down!
  • Gripping, raw, must-read

    By K_wagner_Chi16
    I couldn't put this down. An honest, gripping, heartbreaking tale. Your will laugh, cry and feel everything in between.
  • Riveting

    By stacespace63
    Sad and uplifting at the same time. Troubling throughout but completely riveting.
  • Could not put this book down

    By Normajean73
    I love this book. Despite it being heart wrenching at times, it also gives you hope. I want to give Ruthie and all her siblings a big hug. Thank you for your openness and honesty. Bless you and your family!
  • The Sound of Gravel

    By Kat8286
    One of THE best books I've ever read! I'm so amazed by the authors strength throughout her life and how she has overcome such pain. I will recommend to anyone and everyone. Thank you for writing this book.
  • The Sound of Gravel

    By Lanerhamm
    This book is well written. I am so sorry that these children were forced to live such a wretched childhood with little education and no future unless they left their "Church". Why do some adults blame God for their lacks when they won't do for themselves. Scamming welfare costs everyone. Shame on both the husbands and wives. There are still unfortunate children growing up in polygamous families in the United States. Blessings to Ruthie for taking care of her siblings and helping them to become caring adults.
  • A page turner. Riveting, disturbing... Truthful.

    By infinityblade lover
    Well written. Honest account of life in a contrived polygamist community. Ruthie is someone you root for. She never disappoints. Her mother is painfully manipulated and weighted down by an oppressive, cultish man who terrorizes her and her children. Triumph comes after much pain and suffering. Ruthie becomes the heroine you find faith and comfort in. Such a great read. So sad that this is a true story. But, so glad it had a happy ending.
  • Incredible Story

    By MeriNW
    I am just blown away by Ruth's determination, resilience, courage, loyalty to her family, and her love - and her writing skills! Growing up as I did in the mainstream Mormon Church, I only heard faint stories of the "other Mormons," the polygamists who never stopped believing in Joseph Smith's principle of Celestial Marriage, as he originally defined it to be plural marriage between one man and multiple wives. I am the descendant of polygamists, prior to The Manifesto - the so-called convenient revelation that stopped new polygamist unions from being sanctioned in the LDS Church. It is a delicate subject in mainstream Mormonism. With the Internet, the carefully crafted re-writes of Mormon history are being exposed and people are leaving the religion in droves, after being able to research on their computers in the privacy of their own homes. The truth is being discovered in polygamist communities too - via the media and the Internet. The arrest and conviction of Warren Jeffs has turned Short Creek/Colorado City in Southern Utah inside out and more and more, people are discovering the lies that have kept them and their forebears tied to Smith's edic. Ruth Warner is unique in that she figured out herself without outside intervention the rotten core of the polygamist lifestyle that hides physical and sexual abuse of women and children, and some men and boys too. And she escaped, not only herself, but she took her family out with her. She is a person of honor. I am so grateful she wrote this book. It is her testament of what she experienced, as well as the story of her success in overcoming so many odds against her and her siblings. I highly recommend this book!

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