Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs

Breaking Free

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 obe...

Details Breaking Free

TitleBreaking Free
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Religion, Biography, Crime, True Crime, Cults

Reviews Breaking Free

  • Brian Durfee
    I knew Warren Jeffs pretty well, having been charged with his safe-keeping for over a year at the Utah State Prison. I was very interested in this book. Rachel did a fabulous job of telling the story of the Inmate that I knew. In prison, Jeffs was a weird dude. He got boxes of mail from fawning little girls like Rachel. Anyway, as for the book itself, what a harrowing and chilling life Rachel endured as a young girl. I am so glad she escaped the ...
  • Tammy
    Rachel Jeffs is one of the fifty-three children of FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints) “prophet” Warren Jeffs and Breaking Free is her account of living within the polygamous cult of a sadistic and abusive madman. Thankfully, this lunatic is serving a prison sentence of life plus twenty years for felony charges and molestation of minors. Rachel catalogues the abuse that she suffered at her father’s hands an...
  • Sheri
    An inside look at FLDS life under the rule of Warren Jeffs as experienced by his daughter Rachel. Although it is difficult to read of the abuse that Rachel suffered at the hands of her father, her story is one that must be told. Imagine not having the freedom to name your own child, or not being able to go to a doctor. So many other women and children still live under the oppressive rules of this polygamous cult. Some truly scary stuff going on i...
  • L.A. Starks
    While I'm not sure why this is considered a holiday book release, readers can appreciate Rachel Jeffs' honesty about her pedophile/cult leader father, Warren Jeffs.Despite Warren Jeffs' prohibiting other perspectives (television, newspapers, outside commentary), what finally changes Rachel's mind and leads her to exit the family are her father's repeated instructions breaking up her families, especially separating her from her young children.A br...
  • Mariah Roze
    This book was fantastic and I learned so much. Warren Jeffs was/is a terrible man and I am so glad Rachel escaped the religion.I am so glad my friend suggested this book to me. I suggest it to everyone else."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 C...
  • Louise
    Rachel Jeffs and Jenna Miscavege (Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape )have a lot in common. Both were born into the top family of their respective cult. While the cults were philosophically very different (one claimed to be god-centered, the other god-free) both centralized power in one man and both men (father to Rachel and uncle to Jenna) used the same techniques to control their members.First and fundament...
  • Daye
    When I laid eyes on this title I was immediately drawn in, and when I picked it up I was as riveted as I expected to be. Within the first chapters I was disturbed by her recounting the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her delusional and pedophilic father; a delusion that becomes more fervent as the seizing of her father entails. This was an eye opening read; I found myself thinking at times "what is it going to take for her to leave" an...
  • Ashley Gallegos
    I first saw Rachel Jeffs on the television show “Escaping Polygamy” when she wanted to reach out to her sister. I was struck by her poise and bravery. I am even more impressed with her fortitude after reading her autobiography. This book was tough to read emotionally because your heart just goes out to her as you read about the abuse that she suffered. But I also cheered for her as her spirit remained strong despite it all and she was able to...
  • Mehrsa
    This book was heartbreaking and so honest. Rachel's narrative is so gripping because it seems so sincere and unaffected. She explains exactly what her life was like as daughter of a whackadoodle child molester prophet and the complexity of being a sister wife of a man she loved. She has 5 children in succession and then escapes the church. She doesn't stop to analyze. She just tells the story. It's a vivid play by play account that hides nothing....
  • Krystal
    This book was crazy to me, to read how Warren Jeff's abused his children and had such a strong hold over the FLDS church was really insightful for me. It also speaks volumes that from a young age Rachel knew that one day she would probably end up leaving the church and all she knew behind. You could definitely feel all her sadness, anger and disappointments from the abuse that she experienced at the hands of her father. This book was really eye-o...
  • Amy
    While I don’t necessarily recommend the audio, the book itself is great.
  • Short Reviews
    This was scary to read. I had to skip pages, actually I skipped whole chapters because I couldn't wait to see Rachel escape towards the end.I'm so glad Rachel is doing well now.
  • lit.erary.britt
    “The most important rule in the FLDS religion is this: Never question the Prophet.”Rachel Jeffs, daughter of incarcerated prophet Warren Jeffs, explains in detail what it was like growing up in her family. I’ve read a few FLDS memoirs, but this was different due to Rachel’s direct relationship with her megalomaniacal, sociopathic father. This is a pretty tough read, but worth it. These FLDS women deserve to be heard. TW: sexual abuse, neg...
  • Matthew Trevithick
    Disturbing, disgusting, eye opening and necessary. Proud of the author for sharing her story and absolutely love her opening line: ‘I am not a victim and I do not want anyone’s sympathy.’
  • Liza Fireman
    This is kind of a shocking book, shocking cult, but actually, not very surprising. It is the impossible story of Rachel Jeffs. She was child molested by her father, the profit Warren Jeffs since she was six or so. He did with her whatever he wished, and she knew that it was wrong and did not want that. If it is very hard to any kid to deal with such situation, it is even worse when you are in a cult, that the dad plays a role of a complete dictat...
  • Jen
    This memoir is the mesmerizing and harrowing tale of Rachel Jeffs, the daughter of Warren Jeffs. Born into the FLDS church, Rachel is raised under her fathers rule in the secretive fundamentalist cult. In this memoir, she details shocking events and takes the reader inside this culture. She eventually broke away from the church in 2015 despite many major obstacles. It is shocking to me how one man can have so much power over other human beings. W...
  • Jennifer
    I always find it hard to rate non-fiction novels. The writing wasn't the greatest and I really wish we would of gotten more of an epilogue. I am glad to have read this story though.
  • Yana
    For those who read everything possible about FLDS, this book is important in that it is more recent and fresh than many of the other popular memoirs about this horrible cult. Most of the books you may have read will tell you a lot about life under the Jeffs' family rule in the Short Creek/Colorado City community, but stop a little after the time Warren Jeffs is arrested (Carolyn Jessop, Elissa Wall, Flora Jessop, Brent Jeffs, and Krakauer's books...
  • Kate
    POPSUGAR Reading Challenge#38 read a book with an ugly coverI am so incredibly glad I could read Rachel’s story. It’s like the seriously extreme version of what my life might have been like. If I had stayed in the LDS church, it wouldn’t have been nearly so extreme but there are many uncomfortable parallels. The churches started out as one before splitting. I rolled my eyes so many times with understanding how people go along with something...
  • Diane
    Extraordinary biography of growing up in a destructive cult. Would have loved more about how the author gained free thought and her process of recovery after a life lived with such terror and control.
  • Katie Jeffreys
    Such a fascinating story; I couldn't put it down.
  • Danie
    Heart breaking and hard to read at first especially when she is describing, in detail, the sexual abuse she suffered at the hand of her father, the "prophet". As the book goes on Rachel Jeffs, the daughter of Warren Jeffs and his 2nd wife, details the seemingly insane rules imposed on families. After Warren Jeffs is arrested and subsequently jailed for life he continues to speak to his followers who have been so brainwashed that they follow his r...
  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    I was on the waiting list at the library for this one from the moment I found out it existed and inhaled it as soon as I brought it home. Being a big fan of all-books-polygamy, and having recently seen Rachel Jeffs on that terrible show Escaping Polygamy, I was excited for this one and it didn't disappoint. The daughter of Warren Jeffs pulls no punches about the abuse she endured at the hand of her father, and yes, that's a horrifying part of thi...
  • Kristine Olsen
    Another outstanding look inside this group, this time from one of Warren Jeffs children. This is a blisteringly fast read as Rachael take you on her journey growing up in the FLDS to her ultimate decision to leave the people she called and still calls family. Warren deeply deserves to be exactly where he is today since his abuse wasn’t just limited to the underage girls he “married.” This is not the first FLDS story I’ve read. Each one I ...
  • Ari Reavis
    This was a heartbreaking story. Not only did Rachel get abused by her disgusting father, but the mental affect this would have for years to come was horrible.From being seperated from her husband and children and constantly being watched and told she was doing things wrong, everyday was a struggle where she didn't know what 'correction' would come from her father.I was so happy she finally decided to take her kids and leave and even found love ag...
  • Lynn Bass
    Awesome!I have always enjoyed true stories, whether the story is about true crime, true murders, serial killers, etc. I am sorry for the things that happened to Rachel and her children but I am glad that they have found happiness in this life. A true story of strength. This is a must read for an audience that loves true stories of crimes committed in those inside in within a family and the straight of a women intent on saving herself and her chil...
  • Alisha
    What a great book!I ate this book up,even though the sexual abuse parts can really get you. I was so excited when she finally got to the part where she left. What a brave woman Rachel is! Also she describes growing up in plural family really well as well as the struggles of being a plural "wife".Pick this up if you liked Escape or Lost Boy(written by Rachel's cousin Brent) or The Witness Wore Red!
  • Trea
    Well 3.75 really. If one is unsure if they are being mentally manipulated, sexually abused, molested or the victim of a predatory preacher this book gives prime examples. Keeping the secrets only allows the abuse to continue and flourish. Flabbergasted. Disgusted. Grateful I’m finished with this book. Ugh.
  • Bonnie
    I think Rachel is very brave to come out and tell her story. I'm intrigued by all the polygamous cults and if you are -this is a great book for you. Rachel does a great job really giving us a picture of what it was like to grow up in such circumstances.
  • Angela Dows
    Rachel is an amazing beautiful resilient woman. Kudos to her for telling her story, that will hopefully give strength and courage to other people out there living a difficult life, empowering them to stand up for themselves, giving them the courage to follow their dream and make a change.