Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope

Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope

As featured on the BBC documentary, 'The Most Hated Family in America' it was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world of extreme discipline, of siblings vanishing in the night.

Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church - the fire-and-brimstone religious sect at once aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic, rejoiceful for AIDS and natural disasters, and notorious for its picketing the funerals of American soldiers. From her first public protest, aged five, to her instrumental role in spreading the church's invective via social media, her formative years brought their difficulties. But being reviled was not one of them. She was preaching God's truth. She was, in her words, 'all in'.

In November 2012, at the age of twenty-six, she left the church, her family, and her life behind. Unfollow is a story about the rarest thing of all: a person changing their mind. It is a fascinating insight into a closed world of extreme belief, a biography of a complex family, and a hope-inspiring memoir of a young woman finding the courage to find compassion for others, as well as herself.

Title:Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope
Edition Language:English
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    Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope Reviews

  • Laura Floyd

    Hi. I'm Laura from Chapter 8. This is NOT an unbiased review. Some framework: I have the great privilege and pleasure to call Megan a beloved friend. I have been by her side - always metaphorically, s...

  • Lou

    I, myself, am agnostic/non-religious, but I don't have an issue with others believing in a higher being as in this life, we need to hold dear those things that bring us comfort. The trouble really beg...

  • Carrie Poppy

    Fantastic. ...

  • Grace -breadandbutterbooks

    As a queer person, attacked in the past by vicious homophobes, I never thought I would cry at a description of Fred Phelps's last days. But I did, I wept as this book ended. The infamous 'Gramps' was ...

  • Figgy

    After watching Louis Theroux's original visit to the Westboro Baptist Church over a decade ago, and his visit around 2012 (either just before or just after Megan left), I was fascinated to know how so...

  • Jenna Bookish

    This post will be a little different than most on my page; I’d like to post less of a formal review and really talk more about why this book is so important to me. In terms of quality, I’ll be bri...

  • TJL

    Second Verse, Same as the First:Don't feed the damn trolls, kids.Don't do it.And while she spoke in vaguer terms at the end, the author's got a good message about tribalism, and a total unwillingness ...

  • Andy

    Megan Phelps-Roper is the voice we all need to hear in an increasingly polarized, angry and hateful world. It's so much easier to think of the Westboro Baptist Church as a bunch of evil, stupid loony ...

  • Anneke

    Book Review: Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist ChurchAuthor: Megan Phelps-RoperPublisher: Farrar, Straus and GirouxPublication Date: October 8, 2019Review Date: May 16, 201...

  • Lloyd

    I can imagine this, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, is the biography the author, Megan Phelps-Roper, needed to write, but publishing it all doesn’t make for nea...