Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, The Flds Cult, And My Father, Warren Jeffs

Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, The Flds Cult, And My Father, Warren Jeffs


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 under-age girls and middle-aged and elderly members of his congregation. In 2006, he gained international notoriety when the FBI placed him on its Ten 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 bestselling 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 fifty 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 expose of religious extremism and a beacon of hope for anyone trying to overcome personal obstacles.

A Family Tree PDF accopmanies the audiobook.

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  • 001 Breaking Free
    Duration: 14s
  • 002 Author's Note
    Duration: 59s
  • 003 Prologue
    Duration: 04min
  • 004 Chapter 01
    Duration: 16min
  • 005 Chapter 02
    Duration: 21min
  • 006 Chapter 03
    Duration: 16min
  • 007 Chapter 04
    Duration: 26min
  • 008 Chapter 05
    Duration: 04min
  • 009 Chapter 06
    Duration: 19min
  • 010 Chapter 07
    Duration: 13min
  • 011 Chapter 08
    Duration: 18min
  • 012 Chapter 09
    Duration: 13min
  • 013 Chapter 10
    Duration: 30min
  • 014 Chapter 11
    Duration: 17min
  • 015 Chapter 12
    Duration: 15min
  • 016 Chapter 13
    Duration: 17min
  • 017 Chapter 14
    Duration: 18min
  • 018 Chapter 15
    Duration: 16min
  • 019 Chapter 16
    Duration: 14min
  • 020 Chapter 17
    Duration: 29min
  • 021 Chapter 18
    Duration: 36min
  • 022 Chapter 19
    Duration: 13min
  • 023 Chapter 20
    Duration: 21min
  • 024 Chapter 21
    Duration: 15min
  • 025 Chapter 22
    Duration: 09min
  • 026 Chapter 23
    Duration: 06min
  • 027 Chapter 24
    Duration: 17min
  • 028 Chapter 25
    Duration: 23min
  • 029 Chapter 26
    Duration: 16min
  • 030 Epilogue
    Duration: 06min
  • 031 Credits
    Duration: 44s