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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.
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
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