09 February 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Shattered Dreams; My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife by Irene Spencer


This was surprisingly good; I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. I was really surprised by the honesty that the author seemed to give. I have read a few books having to do with polygamy, but I always felt like the author held back a lot. I didn’t get that feeling here, she seemed to tell her story the way she remembered it. She does mention leaving some stuff out, but it looks like she made that into a whole other book to be released later this year. Definitely worth your time if you are a memoir reader or just interested in learning more about the subject matter.

As for me, even after reading this, I don’t understand how a woman can allow herself to be pulled into this life. I keep reminding myself that they were only 15/16, but I still don’t really get it. Then again, I guess there are things that I do and say that others would understand. But still… I dunno. It’s tough.


Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in marrying her brother-in-law Verlan LeBaron, becoming his second wife. Her dramatic story reveals how far religion can be stretched and abused and how one woman and her children found their way out, into truth and redemption.


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