Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, The Flds Cult, And My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel JeffsBreaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, The Flds Cult, And My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs

Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, The Flds Cult, And My Father, Warren Jeffs

byRachel Jeffs

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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In this searing memoir of survival in the spirit of Stolen Innocence, the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it.

Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture defined by subordinate sister wives and men they must obey. No one in this radical splinter sect of the Mormon Church was more powerful or terrifying than its leader Warren Jeffs—Rachel’s father.

Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Jeffs arranged marriages between under-age girls and middle-aged and elderly members of his congregation. In 2006, he gained international notoriety when the FBI placed him on its Ten Most Wanted List. Though he is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault, Jeffs’ iron grip on the church remains firm, and his edicts to his followers increasingly restrictive and bizarre.

In Breaking Free, Rachel blows the lid off this taciturn community made famous by Jon Krakauer’s bestselling Under the Banner of Heaven to offer a harrowing look at her life with Warren Jeffs, and the years of physical and emotional abuse she suffered. Sexually assaulted, compelled into an arranged polygamous marriage, locked away in "houses of hiding" as punishment for perceived transgressions, and physically separated from her children, Rachel, Jeffs’ first plural daughter by his second of more than fifty wives, eventually found the courage to leave the church in 2015. But Breaking Free is not only her story—Rachel’s experiences illuminate those of her family and the countless others who remain trapped in the strange world she left behind.

A shocking and mesmerizing memoir of faith, abuse, courage, and freedom, Breaking Free is an expose of religious extremism and a beacon of hope for anyone trying to overcome personal obstacles.

Title:Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, The Flds Cult, And My Father, Warren JeffsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062692704

ISBN - 13:9780062692702


Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartbreaking Oh my goodness this book tore my heart out! I remember hearing all the news stories about the FLDS but didn't know much about life on the inside. while I grew up in the LDS church which is basically nothing like the FLDS, this book helped me come to terms with my own feelings and resentment towards the church. if you haven't picked this up, you've got to!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Got better. I was ambiguous about the story when I first started it and thought I'd return it without finishing but I stuck at it and I'm glad. I'm not sure if I was the writing style or just how alien the world was to what I am used to. That is something I feel I could ever live in myself but this isn't taking into account that they've been raised in this life and believe in it wholeheartedly. I like that it painted a claustrophobic and traumatic world without being too graphic about the abuse which could have been triggering. I also like how in the end she reached out to anyone else who may have wanted to leave with forgiveness and compassion which is more then I probably would have been able to do.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not sure how to review this Tragic story, bits and pieces that many of us have heard about before. I thought Rachel's story was well written and well told in a way that readers can almost imagine the terrors that she went through. If you're interested in learning more about the inner goings on of the FLDS I would recommend giving this a read.
Date published: 2018-02-11