His Favorite Wife: Trapped in Polygamy
His Favorite Wife is the heart-stopping, inspirational narrative of a courageous, fifteen-year-old girl who becomes the sixth wife in a polygamous marriage. Cascading with rich, well-developed characters, this true story will capture your soul and imagination as the author reveals how a group of kind-hearted, sincere people are led to embrace this controversial lifestyle i...more
The way the Author, Susan Ray Schmidt, portrayed the life of polygamy was amazing. I took away an understand of why polygamy is important to the fundamentalist Mormon people, and und...more
About the book: Susan Ray Schmidt is a descriptive author. I was there with her in the colonies through her anguish and gratitude. I felt her love and anger and turmoil.
While I acknowledge that the book is but one persp...more
This was an interesting book. It offered a very different perspective from the other books on polygamy that I'd read.
Susan is a young girl growing up in a polygamous community in Mexico. She is very treasured by her family and when she as a dream at fourteen that reveals to her the identity of her future husband, it is readily accepted by all. So much in fact, that she marries him a year later. The man is Varlan, the brother of the prophet of their se...more
Anyway, yet another unique perspective of polygamous life. Susan actually loved her husband and chose to marry him. But, after living in squallor and never seeing her husband enough because he traveled and kept accumulating more wives than he could afford, she left. The women I've read about who have escaped, seem to handle everything OK until they start doubting the...more
Creepy, creepy true life tale of the LDS church (though technically it’s the FLDS church, the one that is more true to the original teachings of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith). It’s so engaging and heart breaking that it is sometimes difficult to remember this is a non-fiction book. A girl who turns into a woman too quickly when she becomes the Nth wife of a bigamist. Actually, I take it back, it’s not mostly creepy, I think I’d classify it as sad and anxiety-inducing.
There aren't many copies of this book around. I got it through inter-library loan.
something that i've been curious about ever since i took a philosophy/world religion class.
i did feel that this showed an atypical view of polygamy, simply because this book focuses on the marriage of the author to a prominent church leader. i have to wonder if the feelings she shared are representative of all situations, to an extent.
nevertheless, i found the book very intriguing and it brought up a lot of things that i never thought about.
reading it certainly made me fully a...more