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Lost Boy Hardcover – May 19, 2009
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"Lost Boy" is Brent's eye-opening account of what it was like to grow up in that cult under the leadership of his uncle. Brent Jeffs was raised in a polygamous family, one that included three sister-wives and something like twenty brothers, sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters. His mother was the first to marry Brent's father but she eventually lost her family leadership role when a younger, more aggressive wife became her husband's favorite. That her husband's second wife was her own blood sister made the loss of stature and affection even more difficult for Brent's mother to accept. The second wife would be followed by a third, this time a sixteen-year-old, but his mother's younger sister would maintain her hold on Brent's father for years to come.
Brent vividly describes the frustrations involved in growing up inside a polygamous family, the petty jealousies and rivalries between the wives and the children and the constant struggle to get the attention of a father who could not possibly pay adequate attention to the emotional needs of all of his children. It was this lack of parental awareness that allowed Warren Jeffs to get away with sexually abusing Brent and two of his older brothers when each was around the age of five.Read more ›
It's difficult to say that I could actually enjoy a book like this, so I'll say that I found it very interesting and almost unbelievable. When I use the term "unbelievable," I don't mean that I didn't find the book truthful; rather I am just blown away by Brent Jeffs' story. As I read this book, I was utterly disgusted by how much damage Warren Jeffs did to so many people. I almost hate to admit this, but one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book was to get details about Warren Jeffs. I'm not going to go into specifics here because I don't want to give away too much of Jeffs' story; however, suffice it to say, that the mental and physical abuse that took place in this church is horrific.
I guess what amazed me most about this book was that ultimately, it wasn't just a sensationalized account of Warren Jeffs and the FLDS. As sad as this book was (and it is very, very sad), I actually found this book to be uplifting. I have so much respect for Brent Jeffs. I am amazed by how he was able to work through his problems (unlike so many members of his family) and eventually find love and happiness. I can't imagine even surviving what Brent Jeffs went though, but that he was able to open up and share his story with so many others is remarkably brave to me.Read more ›
first person and in a way that is soft spoken. Young Brent Jeffs, the author, tells it from his heart and the reader can feel his honesty. It is the testimony of a loving family whose life was manipulated by a a "man-made" belief system that stripped them of all human dignity and independence. The saddest part was that Brent's family, such as it was with many family members, were decent and caring peope, but who were deceived by a charismatic and obsessed self-proclaimed prophet, in the name of Warren Jeffs.
The family of young Brent showed great courage in their escape from this self-serving religious sect. But most remarkably was the courage and fortitude of Brent, who found the will and strength to cross over into the world of self-determination.
I found his story to be forthcoming and inspirational. Brent Jeffs is an admirable young man. I read his book in a short time because it is easy to read. It makes one appreciate the freedom of the mind to make one's own decisions about their journey in life.
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An emotionally hard book to read, yet it is story of hope for a future attained from the love and compassion that abounds when we open up to it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jeffrey J. DeNicholas
Power from the truth of the events and effects on the characters. Frightening that this could occur in this country now with religion at its core.Published 16 days ago by Howard Lee Myerhoff
Out of all the books I've read on the FLDS this far... this one happened to tug at my heartstrings harder than the others. Read morePublished 1 month ago by miznic
I am so glad that people are able to get out of such a horrible situation. I have always been interested in the FLDS church, not because I want to join, but because I find the way... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ember Hudson
I found this story very compelling and so sad. I think the book was well done but my kindle version had all the pics in the middle. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having followed the FLDS saga for many years, Brent was familiar to me from interviews. It was refreshing to get the perspective of a young man trapped in the community. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mary