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In 2011, he rebelled against the FLDS sect.
Then an “accident” put Wallace into a 45-day coma.
Growing up alongside future Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint prophet Warren Jeffs, Wallace (pictured) 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 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, Destroying Their God renews our concern for the thousands who still live under FLDS control, including some of Wallace’s own children.
"Destroying Their God shines a light on a darkness I did not know existed. The horrors of the reign of Warren Jeffs are fairly well known, but I knew very little of the rat's nest of deep manipulation and betrayal and the ability of good people to rationalize evil into God's will. Wallace Jeffs's book is a brave psychological/spiritual thriller that should be read with lights on and loved ones nearby."
—Carol Lynn Pearson
Author of The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy
"Jeffs’ experience is spellbinding. [He] chillingly details the strange sexual dynamics of the FLDS world. . . . The author lucidly depicts his harrowing story, ably discussing the epistemological silo one’s environment can become and the ways an otherwise rational man can be vulnerable to such extraordinary mendacity. A remarkable . . . account of the human mind’s susceptibility to wholesale manipulation."
"Jeffs offers an insider perspective from the male point of view. I have read a number of books on the FLDS community from women who have managed to escape. I was intrigued to read what a man had to say about polygamy, the various practices of the church, and their leaders. This book is well written and very enlightening."
Inky Book Reviews
“This book provides a very intense and disturbing first-hand account of the FLDS sect led by the tyrant that is Warren Jeffs. I don't recommend it to those who are disturbed by child and spousal abuse, as well as bullying. However, this is an important book regarding the machinations that cult leaders and the like exhibit.”
“Wow. I have some knowledge of the FLDS, but this inside, very subjective view is brutal and shocking. It is a deeply personal account of life within the confines of the FLDS theocracy and the constant conflict individuals experience as they grapple with a leader whose lust for power and control seemingly knows no bounds. At times, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I commend the bravery and courage displayed by Wallace Jeffs. This book will stay with me for a long time.”
“I haven’t read anything this horrible in a while that is real and true. I remember when all this went down—I didn’t learn about it all, though. In this book, the brother tells all about Warren Jeffs and all the terrible things he did. He was a man—only a man—who was sick and insane by the power he gave to himself and others gave him.”
“Destroying Their God is a fascinating glimpse into the insular FLDS community and how Warren Jeffs used fear, exploitation, and isolation to consolidate power and commit loathsome crimes in the name of God.”
"This book grabs you and holds you till the end. Very informative and engrossing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it."
How I Fought My Evil Half-Brother to Save My Children
By Wallace Jeffs, with Shauna Packer and Sherry Taylor
6" x 9" • 256 pages • $14.95
Categories: True crime / memoir
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. She is a multi-award-winning fiction and nonfiction author. Shauna has been published in several anthologies, including Angels to Bear You Up, Utah Voices: A Literary Annual, and Mother’s Messages in a Bottle. She resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sherry Taylor has published her poetry in the National Library of Poetry’s book The Voice Within. She has three anecdotes published in the anthology Mormon Mishaps and Mischief: Hilarious Stories for Saints. Sherry is the author of a young adult fantasy series called the Ceramia Trilogy. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.