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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 underage girls and middle-aged and elderly members of his congregation. In 2006 he gained international notoriety when the FBI placed him on its 10 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 best-selling 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 50 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 exposé of religious extremism and a beacon of hope for anyone trying to overcome personal obstacles.

Rachel Jeffs grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the polygamous Mormon sect, which she escaped in 2015. Rachel lives in Idaho with her five children and two dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Rachel Jeffs (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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American Taliban in our midst

A must listen. FLDS is monstrous. Rachel Jeffs has my utmost respect and I hope for her and her childrens’ happiness.

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Heart breaking addition to the FLDS cult story

I first say Rachel Jeffs on the TV show "Escaping Polygamy" (she talks about writing the book on the show in an interview.) I think most of the reads who pick up this title do so because they've read autobiographies by Carolyn Jessup and Elissa Wall and "Under the Banner of Heaven".

Rachel said in the afterward that she wrote this book to help her process her life inside FLDS as the daughter of the prophet, Warren Jeffs (making her FLDS royalty), as a 3rd wife and mother of 5, and as a collateral damage in Jeff's well-publicised fall from grace.

Rachel describes a sequestered childhood with her beloved sisters, and her father's manipulative sexual and mental abuse. (While not described in graphic terms, it is disturbing!) I think I feel connected to Rachel because we're almost the same age. I couldn't help but think that I was beginning college when she had her first child.

The book is read by the author. Rachel is softspoken and has the cadence of many from the same background. The story is heartbreaking, but honest; matter-of-fact, but gentle in it's handling of difficult things.

Like I said in the title, this is a heartbreaking addition to the FLDS cult story.

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One of the best reads about the FLDS yet!

I have listened to The Witness Wore Red, Escape and Stolen Innocence. All of them great, but this first hand account from Warren's own daughter was amazing! Insightful, heartbreaking & shocking. I learned so much more than the others, but all of them great reads!! Rachel's reading was sometimes hard to listen to when I feel like I'm listening to a child read it. But I also understand the horrid upbringing she had to experience, so am able to forgive that. Didn't take me long to listen to this book - it was GREAT!! Would recommend to anyone interested in this awful, terroristic cult & its deranged "leader". God bless u & your family, Rachel!

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Truly Touching

This story touched my heart in a way that many have yet too. You can hear in the rhythm of her speech and the way she tells her story that she grew up in an entirely different world. I am truly sorry for the pain that she's gone through and I am joyful of the life that she's making for herself and her children.

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God bless you Rachel.

It was amazing to hear the story of a woman who had been able to escape the abusive and evil culture that she was raised in. I liked being able to know some of the inside of the story that was so publicly reported about the FLDS cult.

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Painful story

This shows that the world must change the laws, so to protect the innocent children!

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A roller-coaster of a ride, shocking and sad.

Even with knowing some of the Warren Jeffs story, hearing a first hand account was still a rough ride. What a remarkably brave young woman Rachel Jeffs is!

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Excellent book.

Very well written. An inspiration to anyone who feels trapped in any way. Rachel you are an inspiration.

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Eye opening!

loved this book! So much information into the FLDS. would recommend this book to anyone.

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Meh, just meh

Would you try another book from Rachel Jeffs and/or Rachel Jeffs?

No. Her story could have, and should have been, much more entertaining. It is such a remarkable story—something that many people know nothing about (but probably should). I know this is her first book, and yeah, she has been sheltered her entire life (well, most of it), but honestly, there should have been more drama—more flair to the super important parts of the story. It would've helped create an emotional connection for the listener.

How could the performance have been better?

I feel like she read her story as if she were "removed" from it. While yes, I totally understand why she would be emotionally removed since she lived a super difficult life, but reading the story with such an emptiness left me (the listener) with MUCH MORE TO BE DESIRED.

She had the most BORING and ANNOYING voice. Even the way she pronounced her name bothered me. There was no drama in her deliverance—mostly monotone. I don't typically feel one way or another about the performance, but this book definitely could've used someone who speaks with confidence. You could hear her weakness and sorrow—when added with monotoneness and lack of confidence, just really made the whole audio book not fun to listen to. I know it isn't her fault, and maybe if the performance were better the story would've seemed much more involved and interesting, or maybe I'd have more of an emotional connection with what was being read, but, unfortunately, it lacked in every department.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I've followed this story for years, I've been interested in the life of Warren Jeffs and I've always wanted to read about the lifestyle from the inside out. This was a chance to really enlighten thousands of readers out there. Honestly, if the story were read by someone else, there might have been more drama in the voice and more differentiation between scenes, thus making it more of a visual/emotional experience.

I commend her for telling her story; for writing about the painful past that she has endured. I know it must've been excruciating to write about and to bring up truly disturbing experiences that she has perhaps tried to mend. The fact that she was raised entirely in this lifestyle without a full understanding of the "real world" beyond the gates of her father and his "religion" is beyond remarkable. I hope she has the strength to keep moving forward and telling her story, but maybe with a little more enthusiasm seeing how it is part of her life and she has a passion for sheding lightness in a dark, dark place.

Any additional comments?

Meh.