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Out of the wilderness : escaping my father's prison and my journey to forgiveness  Cover Image Book Book

Out of the wilderness : escaping my father's prison and my journey to forgiveness / Elishaba Doerksen with Mike Yorkey.

Doerksen, Elishaba, (author.). Yorkey, Mike, (author.).


"Elishaba Doerksen was the oldest of fifteen children born to ex-hippies Robert and Kurina Hale, also known as Papa Pilgrim and Country Rose. Elishaba grew up in a dilapidated 340-square-foot log cabin in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico, isolated from civilization by a fundamentalist father intent on keeping his large family cloistered from a godless world. When she was nineteen, Papa Pilgrim began taking liberties with Elishaba in unimaginable ways and beating her, and her siblings, when he judged them to be "rebellious." The horrific sexual and physical abuse continued after the family moved to a remote valley in the Alaska wilderness. After ten years of terrifying mistreatment, Elishaba gathered her courage to make a run for it on a snowmobile. What happens next is the basis for a powerful, dramatic story about perseverance, faith, and redemption, as well as forgiveness."--Back cover.

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  • ISBN: 9781950465484
  • ISBN: 1950465489
  • Physical Description: 431 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: [Palmer, Alaska] : Core Media Group, Inc., [2022]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
The escape -- The rise of Bobby Hale -- Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains -- Crossing the line -- The last frontier -- The escape, part 2 -- Epilogue -- Photo gallery -- Acknowledgments -- Afterwords by Dr. Larry Severson -- About the authors -- Ask Elishaba to speak at your community event or church conference.
Subject: Doerksen, Elishaba.
Hale, Robert (Robert Allen), 1941-2008 > Family.
Hale, Robert (Robert Allen), 1941-2008.
Pioneers > Alaska > McCarthy > Biography.
Fundamentalists > Alaska > McCarthy > Biography.
Criminals > Alaska > McCarthy > Biography.
Abusive men > Alaska > McCarthy > Biography.
Dysfunctional families > Alaska > McCarthy.
Incest > Alaska > McCarthy.
Cults > Alaska > McCarthy.
Frontier and pioneer life > Alaska > McCarthy > Biography.
Christian life.
Vie chr├ętienne.
Abusive men.
Christian life.
Dysfunctional families.
Frontier and pioneer life.
McCarthy (Alaska) > Biography.
Alaska > McCarthy.
Genre: Biography.

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Homer Public Library AK B DOERKSEN (Text) 000166924 Alaskana -- Biography Checked out 02/29/2024

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