When They Were Mine

When They Were Mine

Memories of a Branch Davidian Wife and Mother

by Sheila Martin

Edited by Catherine Wessinger

235 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781602580008
  • Published: February 2009



When They Were Mine is the autobiography of Sheila Martin, a member of the Branch Davidian Church at the time of its apocalyptic encounter with the FBI in April, 1993. The assault resulted in a fire that killed 76 Branch Davidians, including 23 children. Sheila's husband and four oldest children died in the fire. Martin told the story of her life, both before and after the attack, to Catherine Wessinger, who then wrote this first-person narrative from the recordings of their sessions together. The result is a haunting account of one life, typical in its ups and downs, made atypical by a collision of faith with history.