Megan Phelps-Roper launches new book on leaving Westboro Baptist Church

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church returned to Topeka Tuesday to share her journey of leaving the church seven years ago.

Megan Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church — largely known for its use of inflammatory hate speech.

Phelps-Roper left Westboro in 2012 after coming to realize she disagreed with the church's message.

She spoke at Washburn on Tuesday about her journey outlined in her new book: “Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.”

“I think the message tonight and the message of the book is hope,” Phelps-Roper said. “It's hope for people who seem hopelessly lost, for people who seem to be so hateful as to be unredeemable. I think there's a lot of power in human connection and that transformed my life.”

Her book was selected last week as the Featured Debut on Amazon's Best of the Month list.