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Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs

Lost Boy (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Brent W. Jeffs, Maia Szalavitz

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Title:Lost Boy
Authors:Brent W. Jeffs
Other authors:Maia Szalavitz
Info:Broadway (2009), Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, Unowned
Tags:Biography, Cults, Social life and customs, Polygamy, Mormons, Fundamentalism, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Child Sexual Abuse, Mormon Fundamentalism, Brent W Jeffs

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Brent Jeffs was born into the FLDS, the polygamous Mormon sect. His father had three wives and numerous children. Warren Jeffs, who later became the “prophet” after his father (and Brent's grandfather) died, is Brent's uncle. Brent and many of his older brothers left the FLDS, and their parents were also excommunicated. This is Brent's story.

I've read a few autobiographies of former FLDS members, so I suppose there wasn't too much shocking to me in this one. What was different about this one (for me), though, was that it was from a male point of view. Many of the boys who leave or are kicked out of the FLDS for some reason or other end up having a hard time outside their culture and often turn to drugs, etc. So, for me, this was a different viewpoint on a topic I've read a bit about already. Easy to read and still very interesting. ( )
  LibraryCin | Mar 6, 2016 |
Another book written by a child growing up in the Fundamentalist Mormon church under the rule of the "Jeff's" Family.
Some of the abuse was rather vivid and made me uncomfortable to read so I passed over it. Again, as I did when reading Elissa's story, I felt the author needed to beg the reader to believe his story. Not that it is unbelieveable, considering how many people have come foreward, but because so many of the people who stay in the faith are denying any negative stories.
I felt his pain and how he had no hope or escape until he was not needed anymore. I do find it hard to believe that boys are thrown aside by the thousands so that the young girls are for the older men to marry. How can a faith keep populated when sending all the young men away? I don't think Warren Jeff's father (in his 80's) was having sex regularly with his 100 wives. But then, that is another book and another story. ( )
  Strawberryga | Dec 28, 2013 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
This was a good book on the life of a boy in the Mormon Religion. I have read other books about the Mormon religion but always from a females perspective. It always amazes me how a few bad people can brainwash hundreds. ( )
  bbellthom | Jul 13, 2010 |
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I woke up drenched in sweat, screaming.
It was like I had a split personality. One part deeply believed everything I was told by the church and believed in hellfire and brimstone; the other part insisted that my religion made no sense and that the things I wanted to do were normal, teenage fun. In a split second, I could go back and forth--holding completely opposite positions and not even noticing the contradictions in my thinking or behavior. (p.129, First Edition, Broadway Books, 2009)
What you for yourself dies with you when you leave this world, what you do for others lives on
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Memoir of Brent W. Jeffs, nephew of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs, describing his childhood and sexual abuse by Warren Jeffs, and his expulsion from the FLDS as one of its "lost boys".
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767931777, Hardcover)

In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet’s compound—and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group’s pious public image—women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips—lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become “lost boys” when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion.

Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield—the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs.

Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.

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