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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 exposé of religious extremism and a portrait of extraordinary resilience.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : November 14, 2017
- Publisher : Harper (November 14, 2017)
- File size : 22503 KB
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- Print length : 297 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06X3ZXNSG
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- Best Sellers Rank: #118,099 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Women and children will always suffer in religious, patriarchal, polygamy.
For anyone who doubts that these crimes can be happening here in America, I can tell you that they absolutely are - and with alarmingly increased severity.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how polygamy really works, as well as anyone interested in the abuse and fraud that is rampant in these secretive societies.
As a child, beginning when she was 8 years old, Rachel was called to her father's office for confusing bizarre encounters that involved sexual touching that understandably filled her with severe anxiety and shame. Throughout her childhood, Rachel spent periods of time attempting to avoid her father's unwanted attention, as cult members followed without question the commands and whims of her father-- a FLDS appointed, self- described prophet who revealed and translated the voice of God to the faithful.
When Rachel was 18, she became the 3rd of 5 wives of Richard Allred (against her wishes) and eventually grew to love him. Barbara, her sister, married his brother David. Although Rachel knew of no other way, she found it extremely difficult to adjust to the demands of a polygamous marriage. Rachel never seemed to bond with her "sister wives" referring to them simply as the other "ladies", and was unprepared for the jealously, manipulation and back-stabbing.
Rachel was eventually sent into exile numerous times, ordered by her father away from her husband and children. Rachel was determined to break free of her desperate depressing life and forge a better life for the sake of her children, some were subjected to neglect and bullying in her absence. Doctor visits an medical care was often denied to church members, Rachel's mother passed away at a young age, her children were heartbroken..
As Warren Jeffs orders from his prison cell became more paranoid and bizarre, it was utterly shocking that more members didn't defect and completely abandon this FLDS church sooner! The control and power this madman had on his followers was astonishing! It was many of her father's grotesque obsessive false accusations against Rachel and her husband that convinced Rachel her father couldn't possibly know or speak the will of God. Cult members had absolutely no knowledge of the outside world and were forbidden to engage with non-members outside the sect. Rachel was shuttled between locations in Utah, Texas, Idaho and North Dakota, and cruelly separated from her newborn son Nathaniel. With the help of her grandfather Isaac's family Rachel and her children bravely and courageously left the cult in 2015. Excellent family photos included.
This is a good read. The only con is that you can tell it was purposely shaped to make you think “those crazy FLDS people don’t make any sense. Their beliefs are wrong and irrational.” And they very well may be, but at the same time while we may say that on the outside of the group looking in, to the people on the inside the things they do seem natural and sensible. Rachel’s story doesn’t do much to explain why things were done the way they done. More information into the Mormon belief system might have led me to say “WTF” a few times less than I did. I might be thinking “why the hell would you do that?” but to the person doing it it would make sense. I just don’t know why it would make sense. She starts touching on it in the last few sections but by that time I’m already writing off these Mormons as loons.
Still, to read about her journey through life and what she went through to get out of the church makes you realize what kinds of oppression people are facing all over. When you read about people who are literally conditioned to follow orders from birth and kept away from any information that might encourage independent thought or curiosity, you can see why they can become adults who blindly follow orders and revere things that make not even the slightest sense. And that’s when you understand how hard it can be to leave some situations behind.
It also shows that the whole system contributes to the cover-up of these practices. We have to get the state governments to stop handing out money to the illegal wives. Then perhaps the men will be less interested in having them. The states involved need to start insisting on school attendance of FLDS children through age 16. That will help the kids a lot.