Breaking Free: How I Escaped My Father-Warren Jeffs-Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult by Rachel Jeffs

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Read Breaking Free: How I Escaped My Father-Warren Jeffs-Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult Online Free - 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 John 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 My Father-Warren Jeffs-Polygamy, and the FLDS Cult
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ISBN : 0062692828
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Tammy rated it ★★★★☆

November 27, 2017

Rachel Jeffs is one of the fifty-three children of FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints) “prophet” Warren Jeffs and Breaking Free is her account of living within the polygamous cult of a sadistic and abusive madman. Thankfully, this lunatic is serving a prison sent...

Sheri rated it ★★★★★

December 20, 2017

An inside look at FLDS life under the rule of Warren Jeffs as experienced by his daughter Rachel. Although it is difficult to read of the abuse that Rachel suffered at the hands of her father, her story is one that must be told. Imagine not having the freedom to name your own child, or not being...

Brian rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

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 l...

L.A. rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2017

While I'm not sure why this is considered a holiday book release, readers can appreciate Rachel Jeffs' honesty about her pedophile/cult leader father, Warren Jeffs. Despite Warren Jeffs' prohibiting other perspectives (television, newspapers, outside commentary), what finally changes Rachel's mind...

Louise rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2018

Rachel Jeffs and Jenna Miscavege (Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape )have a lot in common. Both were born into the top family of their respective cult. While the cults were philosophically very different (one claimed to be god-centered, the other god-free) b...

Daye rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

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 sei...

britt_brooke rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2018

“The most important rule in the FLDS religion is this: Never question the Prophet.” Rachel Jeffs, daughter of incarcerated prophet Warren Jeffs, explains in detail what it was like growing up in her family. I’ve read a few FLDS memoirs, but this was different due to Rachel’s direct relationship wi...

Mehrsa rated it ★★★★★

December 14, 2017

This book was heartbreaking and so honest. Rachel's narrative is so gripping because it seems so sincere and unaffected. She explains exactly what her life was like as daughter of a whackadoodle child molester prophet and the complexity of being a sister wife of a man she loved. She has 5 childre...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

While I don’t necessarily recommend the audio, the book itself is great.

Short rated it ★★★★☆

January 20, 2018

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.

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