My Rating: 4/5
Author: Brent W. Jeffs
There is nothing more chilling than reading a memoir of being raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS.) You know, the radical religious group with the over controlling, sexist, manipulative, abusive leader who despite being in jail for rape and child abuse is still in power.
Yeah, this guy:
I’m sure you’ve heard of the little house on the prairie looking community (or cult.) The group that is best known for having older men at the top who each have multiple wives, including some of these wives being underage.
So given these few facts, you have probably already figured out this memoir is not for those looking for a light read. The story is told by Warren Jeffs’ own nephew, who himself was horribly treated and abused by his uncle and other church leaders.
To me, the saddest part of this memoir was how so many families and lives were destroyed in the wake of the abuse they suffered. Jeffs himself lost two of his brothers to suicide and overdose.
While Lost Boy has so many dark and tragic accounts, Jeffs sheds a ray of light on how he triumphed over the abuse and trauma, with the hope that his story will inspire others to help other FLDS members find their own path in life.
I’ve read a handful of autobiographies and memoirs on those who had been members of the FLDS, and without a doubt this one is my favourite so far. I highly recommend this to anybody who finds the FLDS and/or cults an interesting subject.