Breaking Free

Breaking Free

How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs

Book - 2017
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The daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS Church describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men and discusses how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers.
"ln this searing memoir of resilience and redemption, Rachel Jeffs--daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints--writes about her life inside, and triumphant escape from, a dangerous cult that still holds thousands in its thrall. Rachel Jeffs grew up at her father's side as he attained power and ultimate control of the FLDS Church, a strict patriarchal culture where the women are subordinate to the men, and everyone is at the mercy of an increasingly unstable Prophet. Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Warren Jeffs established a cult in which members are brainwashed to do his bidding; underage girls are married to men they don't know; parents are separated from their children; and people are cast out forever at the Prophet's merest whim. Even after the FBI placed Warren Jeffs on its Ten Most Wanted List and he received a life sentence for child sexual assault, Jeffs's iron grip on the church remains firm and his edicts to his followers grow increasingly restrictive and bizarre. In Breaking Free, Rachel Jeffs offers a stunning look at life inside this notorious cult from the unique perspective of being both the favorite of Warren Jeffs's more than fifty children and the object of his most depraved 'revelations.' 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's first plural daughter by the second of his more than seventy wives--eventually faced a terrible decision: should she stay in this hell, or should she leave everything and everyone she'd ever known? A shocking and mesmerizing story of faith, abuse, and courage, Breaking Free is both an expose of religious extremism and a portrait of extraordinary resilience."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062670526
Characteristics: viii, 285 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 20, 2018

Well written and very eye opening about FLDS. It helped me understand why very few people have asked for help or left the cult group because it's difficult to get out. It's even harder on uneducated & inexperienced women who are more likely to have children at younger ages. With no higher education and no skills, it's challenging for the women to leave and find a way to support themselves in the real world. Rachel felt trapped for many years before she finally got out with her 5 children. I truly believe the reason why Rachel was able to get out is because of her strong spirit; she knew very early on that something wasn't right and she often questioned her father's teachings and commands. Rachel still experienced intense pressure from the FLDS community in the outside world once she left. Even with things getting out such as Warren molesting and raping young children, it's difficult for me to see how his followers still blindly support him. It's absolutely disgusting of how manipulative he is and how he got away with sexual abuse for many years before being caught and put in jail. I hope Rachel's book will help others still in the FLDS group to see the truth.

Mar 31, 2018

“100 Must-Read Books About Life in Cults and Oppressive Religious Sects”
by Elizabeth Allen. posted January 27, 2017, at Book Riot

Absolutely amazing book, well written. I’ve always been fascinated by the flds especially with all the programs now on tv so I knew of a few people she was talking about in the book. I recommend this book 5+ stars not for the faint hearted though I read this book in 2 days couldn’t put it down:

Feb 13, 2018

Very interesting, easy read, but painful at times. I thought I knew a little about this story, but this book tells so much more. She's a good author, the story moved along, was not boring for sure. It really makes one wonder, but I guess if its all you've ever known. I'm glad she got out, and seems to be doing well. I hope they keep her father in prison for a very long time!! I can't believe the hold he has over the people, after all has been exposed about him. I'm glad there were people to help her when she got out, cuz raising 5 kids on your own is no easy thing. Never mind changing your whole life. Highly recommend this book.

Jan 16, 2018

Well written. Couldn't put it down although it was very difficult to read some of the abuse that went on. I can hardly believe that the FLDS people still follow all the rules Warren Jeffs sends out from prison weekly. The rules he imposes on them become very bizarre. I really recommend this book.


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