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The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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''Anna's personal story is riveting, captivating, and heart wrenching all at once. You will be startled by this true-life tale and also amazed at the profound ways Anna brings comfort and strength to so many journeying with her. You will be mesmerized by this book and deeply touched by her ability to mount up above her challenging life. Great job, Anna!'' (Sally Clarkson, Author of Own Your Life and cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries)
Since I've met my cousin Anna, she's been a force of inspiration. Reading her memoir, I now fully understand why. Anna's childhood struggles could've been anyone's, and were certainly similar to my own, but her brave and passionate spirit shines as a bright reminder that no matter what happens in our lives, what lies within us is stronger and more powerful than our circumstances.'' (Ruth Wariner, Bestselling author of The Sound of Gravel)
''The Polygamist's Daughter is a crazy read, full of things almost unimaginable in this day and age. And yet it's real, and Anna LeBaron went through it. The Polygamist's Daughter is a riveting narrative, but even more, it's a story of redemption. Read it for the ride, but settle in for the hope.'' (Sarah Mae, Author of Longing for Paris)
''The Polygamist's Daughter reads like a taut suspense novel, only Anna's story is terrifyingly real. I rooted for Anna, experiencing her unstable, uprooted, crime-laden childhood alongside her. This memoir reminds us all that no one is beyond the reach of Jesus, and He loves to pursue the broken in broken places.'' (Mary DeMuth, Author of Thin Places: A Memoir)
''The Polygamist's Daughter is a heart-wrenching account of my niece Anna's extreme neglect, fear, and abuse inflicted by the very ones meant to protect her. Readers will be astonished by her powerful testimony of surviving danger and terror while growing up in the cult of her infamous father, Ervil LeBaron. This account of Anna's resilient spirit, strength, and courage brings hope to others -- many of whom, through fear, have remained silent for too long!'' --(Irene Spencer, Author of NYT bestseller Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife) --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B01I5J0P48
- Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Illustrated edition (March 21, 2017)
- Publication date : March 21, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 24164 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #250,708 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Anna LeBaron takes us on her journey through life of being the daughter of a notorious polygamist man, Ervil. She grabbed my attention with the first sentence of the book and kept me captivated until the very last sentence of the book. I couldn't put the book down! (To give you a hint: I made dinner with the book propped open right next to the recipe book and read it more than I cooked....it's fortunate that my meal ended up getting finished! The Polygamist's Daughter is THAT good!)
If you've ever been through something you feel you can't overcome, or you feel like something has overcome you and there's just no way out, this is the book to read. This book touched my heart in ways that I never thought possible. As someone who has allowed circumstances to overcome my heart to the point where I didn't even know if I wanted healing because it was just too painful, I can say, this book has changed my perspective, my thoughts and my life. I wasn't expecting this, but Anna takes us on her very intimate journey to overcoming the craziest of obstacles, horrifying childhood, abandonment, fear, and so much more, and because of her willingness to share, it helps others overcome. It is helping me overcome, to be more specific.
This book is incredible. I struggle for words to write on how much I loved this book and can't wait for it to reach millions across the world. Everyone needs to read this story, soak it in, and have their own lives changed. Even if your life has been perfect from beginning to end, which isn't possible, since being human is cause for non-perfection, you'll want to read this book. It's riveting, challenging, heart wrenching and beautiful. A story of redemption and faith, fear and overcoming, heart destroyed to heart healed.
Get your copy today, because you do. not. want. to miss out!
This book details her life within the confines of a polygamist cult. It isn't really what I expected to read. I thought it would be about the cult itself, but it is written in such an personal way it shows the cult from the inside out. It's just life for a young girl that happens to be a part of this extremely large, dysfunctional group of people that are all related one way or another. Having 49 siblings makes it hard to find your place in a family unit. I don't think Anna really ever found hers. She redefines herself apart from ones family unit to more of a family of friends and those she can truly trust.
I was amazed at the courage of this young girl and I highly recommend this book. It's not just a good read about a cult, it is a good read about the resilience of the human spirit. I think many of us would have crumbled, curled up in the fetal position and lived in fear and self pity. Not Anna LeBaron. She just saw it as the only life she knew, but also one she knew she didn't want to be a part of. Excellent read. It made me question just how much the hand of God protects young kids. He may not keep them from heart ache, but He can guide them safely to a life He has planned for them no matter the circumstances the world puts them in.
I asked to read this before it's published. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., I have been honored with a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
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Harrowing read at points written from the author's perspective as a child. Gives a fascinating incite into polygamous cults and their impact on children and families.
A true story with an amazing testimony to the love of God reaching in and rescuing someone from a living nightmare.
Told from the perspective of looking back, Anna writes her story through her childhood eyes. Written in simple but powerful language Anna addresses the difficult and complex subject matter in such a way that you forget at times this is a true story. This element makes the story that much more impactful, as you realize the innocence that was stolen from Anna by not having a true childhood of acceptance and stability.
The Polygamist's Daughter is a must read for anyone wanting an in-depth, first hand account of polygamy and the far reaching effects it can have on those born into it. Anna's bravery to not only leave the life that she knew, but to share her story with the world is inspiring! Through years of working with a counsellor, seeking the heart of her true Father (God) and peeling back the layers of pain caused in childhood, Anna has overcome! Anna is a lighthouse reminding us that what was intended to harm can be used for good (Gen. 50:20).
This is an unflinching look into life in a polygamist cult. LeBaron showed immense strength in writing this book, a journey with wonderful highs and devastating lows that she is all to happy to share with the reader.
LeBaron read this herself for the audiobook which I listened to. It added so much emotion and gravitas to what she describes. While it was harrowing and heartbreaking to hear what the members of the cult were put through as children, LeBaron often found small specks of joy and fun in its midst. These explanations of the good but mundane things that occurred would have been lost on me in another book, but because I knew about the horrible actions some of the other family members were involved in they became like an escape for me also. I smiled every time young Anna was overwhelmed with joy from a generous stranger or family.
As Anna grows up, the narrative shifts from her inner monologue of ignorance to one that questions everything she sees and hears, but the writing style does not become cumbersome to hear. Everything is still peppered with LeBaron's thoughts about a situation but how high the stakes are begins to show.
Reading more about the story, I'm not surprised there are several other books written about the Ervil LeBaron murders - it's a shocking but completely enthralling story. I need to read more! Listening to the book read by Anna herself, I was continually floored by the things that people can do to people - and maybe more importantly: the things that people can process and move on from.
Toward the end of the book, there's discussion of planning to write it and even some of the process. This brought it from a story that, while true felt like a different world into this one. LeBaron has a website and speaks about her ordeal to encourage others - what a truly inspiring story!
My highest recommendation, and I think this is a definite 'listen-to' book!