Friday, January 29, 2010

Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs

February is I Love to Read Month, and library staff has enjoyed letting you know about some of the books we loved during the past year. A loyal nonfiction reader has recommended Lost Boy, by Brent W. Jeffs. He is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the polygamy leader of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, a splinter group of the Mormon Church. Brent Jeffs was repeatedly abused by church prophet Warren Jeffs.

Brent Jeffs was the first of the Lost Boys to bring civil and criminal charges against Warren Jeffs, who raped and abused many young boys in the polygamous sect. The book explores Warren Jeff’s rise to power and control. Brent Jeffs’ fight against the man who victimized him was a powerful personal victory.

The memoir is disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring. There is an openness in Jeffs’ brash style as he struggles for understanding. Ultimately he triumphs, managing to face his fears and help secure his attacker’s arrest and conviction.

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