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Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs, Maia Szalavitz 0767931777 9780767931779
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Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs, Maia Szalavitz

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 revealsboth the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophets compoundand the harsh exile existence that so many boysface 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 groups pious public imagewomen in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hipslay 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 wieldthe 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.

Author: Brent W. Jeffs, Maia Szalavitz

Language: English

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 241

Publisher: Broadway Books

Publication Date: 2009-05-19

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ISBN: 0767931777


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