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 JeffsRachels 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 John Krakauers 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 storyRachels 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 My Father-Warren Jeffs-Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult|
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Breaking Free: How I Escaped My Father-Warren Jeffs-Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult Reviews
Well 3.75 really. If one is unsure if they are being mentally manipulated, sexually abused, molested or the victim of a predatory preacher this book gives prime examples. Keeping the secrets only allows the abuse to continue and flourish. Flabbergasted. Disgusted. Grateful I’m finished with this book. Ugh.
Great story. Moved quickly.
Loved reading this. I hope Rachel finds all the happiness in the world with her new life. Great story. Five stars
We'll written, informative and full of bravery. A true account of a life lived under the rule of Warren Jeffs.
Such a fascinating story; I couldn't put it down.
I have always enjoyed true stories, whether the story is about true crime, true murders, serial killers, etc. I am sorry for the things that happened to Rachel and her children but I am glad that they have found happiness in this life. A true story of strength. This is a must read for an audience that loves true stories of crimes committed in those inside in within a family and the straight of a women intent on saving herself and her children.
While I don’t necessarily recommend the audio, the book itself is great.
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I am so incredibly glad I could read Rachel’s story. It’s like the seriously extreme version of what my life might have been like. If I had stayed in the LDS church, it wouldn’t have been nearly so extreme but there are many uncomfortable parallels. The churches started out as one before splitting. I rolled my eyes so many times with understanding how people go along with something stupid because of how the church will see them otherwis ...more