Book: Sacred Road: my journey through abuse, leaving the Mormons and embracing spirituality,
by Todd Maxwell Preston
Genre and Year of Publication: Spiritual memoir, 2013
Where I got it: Free Kindle download
Length: 152 pages
Briefly, it’s what it says in the subtitle: one man’s story of leaving the Mormons (“and embracing spirituality”)
Comments: The author’s childhood and adolescence were spent in New Zealand, Australia, and Utah. His parents were both converts to the Mormon religion – I would have liked to learn a bit more about their stories. The family was not a happy one, the father in particular being full of anger towards Todd, abusing him physically and emotionally (not sexually). The Mormon environment was very closed and manipulative, and when as an adult Todd came to realise that it was time for him to leave, it was very difficult. He had to leave behind his wife and children, as well as his relationship with most of his siblings.
I would agree with other reviewers who say that he blames things on the Mormon religion which actually should be blamed only on his particular family circumstances. With that caveat, it is an interesting book.
Challenges: Non-fiction reading challenge, ebook reading challenge.