Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs

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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.

About Brent W. Jeffs

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BRENT W. JEFFS spent his entire childhood in the Jeffs compound as nephew of Warren Jeffs and grandson of Rulon Jeffs, the Mormon fundamentalist group's former prophet, who had dozens of wives and more than sixty children. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a beautiful wife and daughter. MAIA SZALAVITZ is the author and coauthor of several books, including Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Elle, and is a Senior Fellow at stats.org, a media watchdog group. She lives in New York City.
Published May 9, 2009 by Broadway Books. 241 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Gather Books

This is a great book for anyone looking to learn about FLDS culture, or wishing to learn about how power can corrupt when abused, or given to one person.

Jan 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Lost Boy

Las Vegas Review Journal

They might disagree with the leaders — the Warren Jeffs and the Ervil LeBarons — who warped the FLDS principles to advance their own questionable goals, but the women (and those I have read have been uniformly women) were quick to defend their own fathers and other male relatives;

Sep 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Lost Boy

Open Salon

(Photo: Brent Jeffs on Fox News after accusing Warren Jeffs of sexual abuse) Brent shows his struggle to make his own decisions after leaving the controlling FLDS, and he vividly describes how lost he felt after realizing he no longer had that strong purpose in life that the church provided for ...

Oct 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Lost Boy

Book Chase

... The book's title, Lost Boy, refers to the several hundred teenage boys Warren .... Another Man's Moccasins - Craig Johnson; Lost in Shangri-La - Mitchell Zuckoff ..... *Review:* I bought this book on a whim almost a year ago.

Jun 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Lost Boy

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