I was browsing at the local library and happened to find an audio book of Martha Beck's Leaving the Saints. I had to check it out as the description immediately had me hooked.
"...soon after Martha began teaching at BYU, she began to see firsthand the Church's ruthlessness as it silenced dissidents and masked truths that contradicted its published beliefs. Most troubling of all, she was forced to face her history of sexual abuse by one of the Church's most prominent authorities. This book chronicles her difficult decision to sever her relationship with the faith that had cradled her for so long and to confront and forgive the person who betrayed her so deeply."
Martha is the daughter of the famed Mormon apologist (professional excuse maker), Hugh Nibley. Although she makes an effort in the book to not mention his name, the famous Mormon defender turns out to be a child sexual predator. It's a sad story of how her own mother and siblings turn against her in order to preserve the church, her father's reputation, and the testimonies of all who relied on him.
As I listen to this story, it enrages me to hear her describe how, years later, her father denies the sexual abuse and taunts her with "you'll never prove it." Funny how proof is so important to him in that case, but any other type of proof can be tossed to the wind when it comes to maintaining and defending the faith. And even if she did prove it, we all know that Nibley was the master of twisting the truth to meet his own pre-determined outcome.
She also describes how she discovered that her father had published outright lies about the "sources" he quoted and how his 'fact checkers' were threatened with their jobs if they came out with the truth.
This book is a must-read for everyone, faithful and non-faithful alike.