I wanted to reach through time and page and comfort the poor, neglected, abused and forgotten little girl. I wept for her. I cried for her freedom, and cheered when she found it. So many times you forget that these things actually happened to an actual person...but it did. She survived. She triumphed. And she's thrived. The Polygamists Daughter is an easy read and so worth your time.
The Polygamist's Daughter : A Memoir
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This is the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Ervil’s criminal activity kept Anna and her siblings constantly on the run from the FBI. Often starving, the children lived in a perpetual state of fear—and despite their numbers, Anna always felt alone. Would she ever find a place she truly belonged? Would she ever be anything other than the polygamist’s daughter?
Filled with murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist’s Daughter is the harrowing, heart-wrenching story of a fatherless girl and her unwavering search for love, faith, and a place to call home.
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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The Polygamist's Daughter
I received an advanced reader copy of this book for my honest review and honest I shall be. As a huge fan of memoirs, I knew I would enjoy the read, however, I could not have predicted how drawn into every word I would be! It truly felt as if the author was sitting next to me and reciting her story. I could almost physically feel the unknowns, the fears, and the hurt as the story progressed. I actually uttered a sigh of relief when she revealed that her biological father had died, only to realize that the story was far from over! I'm sure that she could have provided gruesome details of many of the events, but appreciate the constant respect for all involved and her restraint while sharing just enough to inform. As she shared of her road to healing, it felt as if I was watching a caterpillar transform into a beautiful, joy of the Lord-filled butterfly. What a testimony! Recounting memories to tell this story could not have been an easy feat, but I greatly admire her unbelievable courage and transparency in allowing us into and learn from her life. I highly recommend this book.
Jaw Dropping Good!
Made for TV! From the first sentence in the Prologue, I was hooked! "At age nine, I had forty-nine siblings." This story held my attention from the very start. The web of lies, FBI raids, abuse, neglect, murders and redemption...it was hard to process the fact that I WAS NOT READING FICTION! It reads like a novel, so for those of you that prefer fiction, I would dare to assert that you will not be disappointed. Anna LeBaron, masterfully takes us on a journey through her life and draws you in, to the point where you can feel her pain, her fear and her joy. Each chapter takes you through events that no child should ever go through. How does one function as an adult in society when the love you are given as a child is actually abuse and you don't know any better? The author shares about that too! I gasped for air at times. I shed tears, both of pain and joy. I fell in love with some of the members of her family and felt such disdain for others. I was in awe from beginning to end.
I feel like my heart w...
I feel like my heart was broken and stitched back together during the reading of this book. Polygamy has been much in the news in the past few years, with the popularity of the TV show Sisterwives, and the widely-anticipated raid and subsequent imprisonment of cult leader Warren Jeffs. Memoirs of life inside these religious groups have been popular over the past years, and I've read a bunch of them. But I don't think I've read one that felt so deeply personal, and yet so universally hopeful. LeBaron's story includes serious deprivations, abuse, actual murders - this is like a CSI case on steroids, and yet it's completely true. And yet the author's ultimate message is freedom - it's not a story of how bad her life was, or how sorry we should all feel for her. It's a story of redemption - of overcoming - of walking a hard road, and coming out the other side truly free. This is a hard, brutal, beautiful story. Don't miss it. Highest of recommendations. (I received an advance copy from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest opinion - but then I pre-ordered my own copy. It's that good.)
In The Polygamists Da...
In The Polygamist's Daughter Anna LeBaron details her life in a polygamist cult of the Mormon church. She describes herself as: "... memoirist, book launch expert, dynamic speaker and life coach, an avid reader, and mum to five grown children" but I see her as an enormously courageous and strong woman who endured atrocities that no-one should ever have to face. Her story is one of hope and encouragement.When I first started reading this book I found it very depressing, so it delayed me in really getting started. I then made a point of continuing, and found it hard to put down. Whilst the story was very depressing there was something within it that drove me to continue reading to find out what transpired. I was wanting her life to improve so she could live without being cloaked in "... fear, chaos, and insecurity..." not helped by her mother's extended absences and her being moved from one strange family to another. I was continually struck by the abject poverty to which Anna and her siblings were subjected through no fault of their own. I have seen documentaries about this extreme Mormon cult and how wives, who weren't in favour, and their children, were so poorly treated, but to read a first-hand account caused me great sorrow and pain. I was also left with the thought that if this was the behaviour of a family in Australia Social Services would be stepping in extremely quickly to get the children to safer houses where they could be nurtured and cared for properly. It made me rethink whether we need much of what we think we do in order to survive. It was reaffirming to read that the non-extremist Mormons don't acknowledge or recognise the polygamist branches of their faith, confirming a comment made to me many years ago by an ex-Mormon.The brainwashing that went on in the cult was a very powerful tool to keep all members under control. Anna's father (Ervil LeBaron) was in jail for murder, and if any other cult members were put in prison for killing people the explanation given by those on the outside was that they were being punished for doing God's work. This reasoning leaves me asking which God are they worshipping as He is very different from my own experience of God, Who doesn't. ask his followers to kill people to prove their allegiance to Him. Ironically, it was this same God who helped Anna heal, live and become free in the real sense of the word. It was wonderful to read that after all she went through, and the painful healing process she endured, she has come out of the experience a much happier and stronger person, when it could easily have gone the other way. I was glad that she was able to have something positive come out of her horrific experiences. I also admire the courage that it would have taken to write this book in the first place.I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
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