"Torn by God" is the story of a small-town Mormon family torn apart when the father, Michael Sterling, has a vision that leads him to become involved with a polygamist group. Even though the Mormon Church long ago rescinded their religious practice of polygamy, Michael comes to believe that God is telling him to go back to the church's old ways that included personal revelation, communal sharing, and polygamy.
The story is skillfully and passionately told through the eyes of twelve-year-old Beth who is bound to capture every reader's heart as she desperately tries to find a way to hold the family together.
This novel does more than tell one family's tragic story; it explores the controversial association between mainstream Mormons and fundamentalist polygamous off-shoot groups such as those led by Warren Jeffs.
The book is hard to put down once you start reading it. At once chilling and informative, it exposes the destructive power of fundamentalist religious indoctrination and control. This novel is sure to spark lively discussions, and maybe more than a little controversy.
Reviewed by FictionWeek.com