Carol Christie lived an abusive and polygamous life for close to 40 years and escaped the church cult in 2008. She is determined to put an end to the cult's power and help its survivors, is now happily (and legally) married to John Christie, and lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.
The true story of a brave womanâ€™s nearly 40 years in a polygamous cult, her eventual escape, and her struggle to integrate into a world she barely knew.
In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous, abusive, and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet. In 2008, nearly 40 years later, she fled his religious sect.
Property is not a misnomer. It accurately depicts how the women in the sect were treated. Carol Christie reveals the degradation, abuse, and brainwashing that the Church Wives endured. She exposes the physical abuse, the mental cruelty, the slave labour, and the sexual deviance that took place near Owen Sound, a small community just a few hours north of Toronto, as well as at other locations. She describes the many opportunities that officials had to investigate but walked away from, swayed by the charismatic Prophet.
Carol is building a new life, one of freedom and options. With no money and no job she started again and is now dedicated to helping others who have escaped while raising awareness about the dangers of the cult.
This has got to be one of the bravest books I have encountered in years.
...there are many lessons that can be learned from Carol's very personal and revealing autobiography. This is, after all, a story of victory of one woman against abuse and oppression, a victory which should be celebrated. And it is a cautionary tale for those who might be attracted to splinter groups.
John Christie was a widower for several years when he met Carol in the fall of 2008. A fourth-generation Owen Sounder and former city councillor, he has worked in media, ministry, and public transportation. Now semi-retired, he remains active as a broadcaster.