Breaking Free

I think everybody has their weird interest in certain subjects. Or is that just me?


Anyway, one of my “weird” interests is in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). There’s just something about this very patriarchal/hierarchical church and its emphasis on total obedience. And I really can’t wrap my head around their practice of polygamy—the men with multiple wives. It’s also hard to believe that such a group operates right here in North America—mostly in Utah and surrounding states, but also in British Columbia.


I’m currently reading Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs. She’s the daughter of the FLDS Prophet, Warren Jeffs. So the author certainly has a unique perspective from which to look at and comment on the church. Just so you know, Warren Jeffs is currently serving a life sentence + 20 years for sexual assault against children. Despite being in prison, he still heads and directs the church. WTH!


Rachel Jeffs, now a young woman, comes across as strong and feisty in this book. Good thing for her, as her life has been a difficult one. Her father (the Prophet, mind you) repeatedly molested her, beginning at the age of eight. When she was 18, she was married to a man she barely knew, becoming his third wife. Later on, she would share a home with two more “sister wives.”


Warren Jeffs has ruled the church with an iron fist. Rule-breaking, whether real or perceived, is dealt with harshly. Punishment often means a person being sent into isolation, for weeks or months at a time. In one instance, Rachel was sent away without her baby son. When she was allowed to come back, he had forgotten who she was! Becoming ever more angry by these repeated punishments, Rachel left the church.


If you share my “weird” interest, here are some other WPL titles I have enjoyed reading: Becoming Sister Wives by Kody Brown, The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser and Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall.

-Penny D.