Written by Wallace Jeffs, Shauna Packer & Sherry Taylor
In 1991, Wallace Jeffs was coerced to become an FLDS polygamist.
In 2011, Wallace rebelled against the sect, and the FBI helped him reclaim his kidnapped children.
Then an “accident” put Wallace into a forty-five-day coma.
Growing up as half-brother to future Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint prophet Warren Jeffs, Wallace tried to follow FLDS teachings. After he built a successful business, the church required him to marry a second wife. Wallace fathered twenty children, but he never felt comfortable with polygamy or many other FLDS beliefs.
As his prophet-brother increasingly manipulated him, Wallace started hearing about FLDS atrocities. On the day the FBI arrested Warren Jeffs for child rape, the prophet was en route to reclaim Wallace’s second wife for himself. Wallace defied the prophet and soon ended up in a coma. Though Wallace feared FLDS sabotage caused his car crash, he kept fighting the sect.
With today’s movement against male abusers, Wallace’s story reminds us that power and position don’t corrupt all men. In 2018, Wallace found resolution by marrying an LDS woman in the Salt Lake Temple. At the same time, he renews our concern for the thousands who still live under FLDS control, including some of Wallace’s own children.
Thought Provoking Read!
When I was first approached to review this novel, I wasn’t certain about how I would get on but it has completely captured my attention, and I raced through it in less than a day!
Not only a true story, this a humbling tale of a truly decent man indoctrinated from birth to believe in the right of one human to create the rules he must live by. It is a rare insight into the lives of those in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and a riveting read. Wallace Jeffs tried so hard to follow the teachings of the church he loved, even though he didn’t always agree with all the instructions handed down. He didn’t walk away lightly – in fact, he almost didn’t walk at all ever again.
I believe in having a strong respect for other faiths and religions; ever since watching the TV series ‘Big Love’, the lives of polygamists has fascinated me (not that I would ever want to be one!). This is not a light-hearted novel; rather, it is a serious read full of distasteful events – but not on the part of the author. Once I began reading, this book just swallowed me up, heart and soul. It is thought-provoking in the extreme, and it’s certainly not a story I’ll forget in a hurry. It would seem the situation is ongoing and that, for the families involved, is a real tragedy. If you have any interest whatsoever in justice being served, this is a novel I fully recommend.
My thanks to Zarahemia Books for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1944 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Zarahemla Books
- Publication Date: 6 June 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon.co.uk
Meet the Authors
Wallace Jeffs was born the thirtieth child of Rulon Jeffs, polygamous prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). Wallace is half-brother to imprisoned FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs. Raised as a devout FLDS member, Wallace was eventually excommunicated for defying Warren. Now he helps people leave the FLDS community and advocates for human rights and the protection of children. Father of twenty children and stepfather of eight, Wallace lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Shauna Packer has been a professional corporate and freelance writer, researcher, and content editor for over twelve years and is a multi-award-winning fiction and non-fiction author. Shauna has been published in several commercial anthologies, including Angels to Bear You Up, Utah Voices: A Literary Annual, and Mother’s Messages in a Bottle.
Shauna has worked on projects ranging from scripts for children’s educational shorts, web copy, corporate bios, social media branding, and “book doctoring” full length novels for clients. Destroying Their God is her first non-fiction book. This was not a book she expected to write, but felt captivated by this story of a man who was willing to die…and almost did…to save his children from spiritual slavery at the hands of a pedophile.
In addition, Shauna has two novels: one women’s fiction and the other historical fiction (set in Civil War-era western U.S.) in the marketing process. She has two further books, one fiction and one non, in development.
Sherry Taylor is the author of the Ceramia Trilogy, and a contributing author in Mormons and Mishaps. Most recently is the book, Destroying Their God. This is the autobiography of Wallace Jeffs that Sherry co-authored with Shauna Packer. Wallace is the half-brother of Warren Jeffs, self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS church who is now in prison for life.
Sherry lives at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. She is married to her best friend, John, and they have four amazing children and two totally adorable grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, walking, cross-stitching, painting, Dutch Oven cooking, and of course, reading. In the summer you will find her camping (especially in the Uintah Mountains), trimming her roses or sitting in the shade with a book.