#44. Sacred Road (Todd Maxwell Preston)

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.

#3. Mommy Had a Little Flask (A. K. Turner)

Book: Mommy Had a Little Flask  , by A. K. Turner

Genre: Humorous Essays / non-fiction (a “momoir”)

Where I got it: Free Kindle download

Length: 224 pages

Briefly, it’s a very funny collection of inter-related essays by a mom of two girls, aged five and three, about her life, her family, and a three-month vacation spent with her in-laws in Mexico.  The author is a columnist and radio broadcaster in Boise, Idaho.

Comments: I had a day off, completely to myself, and planned a long walk in the park.  But the weather was terrible, so I stayed in… and read this whole book in one morning.  It’s ages since I’ve given myself permission to do something like that, and I loved it!  According to Amazon, the book is 224 pages long, but it felt much shorter.  I guess that’s because I enjoyed it so much.  I’m glad I broke my own “no more free Kindle downloads till I clear my backlog” rule to pick up this one last week!

Challenges: (1) Full House challenge, for the category “Free or bought very cheaply”; (2) Ebook Reading Challenge; (3) Non-fiction 2014.

In the Mirror, A Memoir

Book: In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets, by Ann Carbine Best

Genre: Memoir

Where I got it: Free Kindle download

Briefly, it’s: the memoir of a Mormon woman who discovers that her husband is gay, and her efforts to save their marriage.

What I liked: well written, gripping story line, I really couldn’t put this down!  Interesting insights into the life of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Anything else: I was amazed at the frankness of some of the details of their sex life, her attraction to her boss, etc.  Some of it is written without as much emotion as I would expect, particularly around her daughter’s accident.  Her choice of second husband made me groan… how could she make such a mistake?  But I followed the story with fascination to the end.