Weekly Religion news with a new book from the Brown family from "Sister Wives," a quote of note, religion around the world and more.

America's favorite polygamist family has recently come out with a book: "Becoming Sister Wives" by Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Brown.


The Brown family became famous after starring in their own reality series on TLC called "Sister Wives." The series focused on breaking down stereotypes about polygamist families and giving outsiders a rare glimpse into this controversial lifestyle, perhaps explaining its strong ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research.


During the series, Kody Brown said polygamist families –– or "plyg kids," as they call them –– often live in secrecy, hiding their true religion from their school, neighbors, employers, friends and, of course, law enforcement authorities. But Kody Brown and his wives decided to come out publicly as a polygamist family and face their friends and neighbors with the truth.


The show began in September 2010 while Kody Brown was living in Lehi, Utah, with his three wives and 16 children. Since then, the family welcomed a new wife, Robyn, and another baby. The second season ended with the family finding themselves as the subject of an investigation by state authorities, resulting in the Brown family moving to Las Vegas.


Here's what the publisher, Gallery Books, had to say about the new book:


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 and 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.


-- Dayna Fields/ GHNS


Week in Religion


May 9, 1945, Czechoslovakia was liberated from Nazi occupation.


May 10, 1939, the Declaration of Union reunited the Methodist Episcopal Church in the U.S. after 109 years of division.


May 11, 1824, St. Regis Seminary was opened in Florissant, Missouri. It was the first Roman Catholic institution established in America for the higher education of American Indians.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Quote of the week


"Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car." -- Garrison Keillor


The Word


Ram: Pronounced “Raam.” In Hinduism, one of the two most popular incarnations of Lord Vishnu and venerated hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana. For most Ram devotees, his name refers to the unqualified absolute, or Brahman. Ram’s exemplary life helps to set high standards of dignity and nobility as an integral part of the Hindu way of life. Sita is his wife.


-- religionstylebook.com


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Laos (2005 census)


Buddhist: 67 percent


Christian: 1.5 percent


Other and unspecified: 31.5 percent


- CIA Factbook


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