Lost Boy

Lost Boy

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767931779
Branch Call Number: 921 JEF
Characteristics: viii, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Szalavitz, Maia

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koolsheena
Aug 07, 2015

A powerful and easy to read non-fiction book about the FLDS. After reading this I have lot of respect for Brent. This book is so well written that I felt like I was living his life with him. Highly recommended if you're interested in this subject.

bibliotechnocrat Aug 28, 2014

This absorbing, sometimes harrowing memoir recounts the life of a boy born into a fundamentalist Mormon sect. His candid observations provide a window into a strange world of polygamy, unquestioned obedience, corruption stemming from absolute power and the nature of fundamentalism itself. Jeffs’ journey out of this restrictive world is a page-turner that illuminates a central theme of the 21st century – conflict based in religious belief.

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nmckinnon
Jun 22, 2011

Very interesting read about the abuse of power and children within the FLDS community. I was shocked to find out some of the things that were forced upon the community by Warren Jeffs.

kpalichuk Nov 04, 2009

A chilling story.

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