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....
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Breaking Free: How I Escaped My Father-Warren Jeffs-Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult Reviews
I always find it hard to rate non-fiction novels. The writing wasn't the greatest and I really wish we would of gotten more of an epilogue. I am glad to have read this story though.
When I laid eyes on this title I was immediately drawn in, and when I picked it up I was as riveted as I expected to be. Within the first chapters I was disturbed as she recounts the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her delusional father, the delusion that becomes more fervent as the seizing of her father entails.
This was an eye opening read; I found myself thinking at times "what is it going to take for her to leave" and "why would she let her children's life be put at risk like this ...more
Disturbing, disgusting, eye opening and necessary. Proud of the author for sharing her story and absolutely love her opening line: ‘I am not a victim and I do not want anyone’s sympathy.’
This was scary to read. I had to skip pages, actually I skipped whole chapters because I couldn't wait to see Rachel escape towards the end.
I'm so glad Rachel is doing well now.
Such a fascinating story; I couldn't put it down.
This book was crazy to me, to read how Warren Jeff's abused his children and had such a strong hold over the FLDS church was really insightful for me. It also speaks volumes that from a young age Rachel knew that one day she would probably end up leaving the church and all she knew behind. You could definitely feel all her sadness, anger and disappointments from the abuse that she experienced at the hands of her father. This book was really eye-opening and made me want to find more books to rese ...more
I knew Warren Jeffs pretty well, having been charged with his safe-keeping for over a year at the Utah State Prison. I was very interested in this book. Rachel did a fabulous job of telling the story of the Inmate that I knew. In prison, Jeffs was a weird dude. He got boxes of mail from fawning little girls like Rachel. Anyway, as for the book itself, what a harrowing and chilling life Rachel endured as a young girl. I am so glad she escaped the Mormon cult run by Jeffs. Brave of you to write yo ...more
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.