The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir
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Anna LeBaron grew up as one of the many children of polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Always on the run, often hungry, Anna grew up feeling isolated, afraid and lonely, despite having forty-nine siblings by the time she was nine. In this memoir, she shares her harrowing story of finally finding her way to freedom and discovering the love of a heavenly Father who will never leave us. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1496417550
ISBN-13: 9781496417558

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My father had thirteen wives and more than fifty children . . .
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.

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  1. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Eye Opening Read
    May 6, 2017
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an intriguing story of a girl who grew up in a cult I had never really heard much about. Likely, I didn't hear about this because most of the crimes this man, Ervil LeBaron, committed were during my early childhood years. Nonetheless, it was interesting to read his daughter's story.

    She writes about her childhood, growing up shuffled between Texas, Mexico and a few other places along with her sisters, brothers, step-siblings, and half- siblings. Her father had multiple wives and close to fifty children. Her father, Ervil LeBaron, started his own branch off the Mormon church. They practiced polygamy, pre-arranged marriages of under age children, and child labor. They justified lying, stealing, and killing as things they did to further the cause of the kingdom of God. They were not allowed to question authority without severe consequences. Most of the sister-wives and families lived in a state of poverty although they were hard working people, because all the money they earned went to the cause, or to pay lawyers and court costs to get Ervil out of jail. They were "suffering" for the "kingdom of God". They practically lived on the run, never staying in one place for long, shuffled around at night from city to city to escape the authorities. The children were taught to stay quiet if law enforcement came, always answer questions with "I don't know" and were not allowed to make friends on the occasions when they did get to go to school.

    It was an interesting read, told from Anna's perspective of what she remembers happening to her as a young child. Some things were extremely difficult to swallow. I found it to be very emotionally disturbing, and there were many times I would have liked to ring some necks myself. I didn't learn a whole lot about the cult itself reading through this book, it was more a personal story of Anna's life and how she came to know Christ and broke free from the cult and the lifestyle it contained. But it peaked my curiosity and I looked up further detail on the internet.

    It is a story of heartache, but also of hope; a reminder that God is still on the throne and through Him we can break free and live a life that is fulfilling, peaceful, and not filled with fear and anxiety. This book is very detailed and it took me a while to get through it. There were times, I honestly just needed to take a break because it would make me so mad! It is really hard to see people so blinded to the truth, so gullible, and so willing to give up everything to follow a corrupt leader in hopes of gaining heaven.

    I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers to read. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to review this book positively.
  2. Kirsten
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must read!
    March 27, 2017
    Kirsten
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't put this book down. This unbelievable true story keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has all the elements of a Hollywood drama and the things that fascinate people - polygamy, murder, crime and law enforcement - but hearing the story from the point of view of a young girl caught in the middle puts everything in perspective. I found my heart breaking and my anger boiling as I saw the way that the author and her siblings were treated.

    If the story was simply about the trauma of her childhood, the book would be amazing, but it is so much more than that. It is a story of courage and hope, of trials and triumph. Without sugar coating anything or being "preachy," it shows the hard work of healing, and the beauty of redemption in Christ.

    I can't recommend this book enough. Put it at the top of your "to read" list. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Angela
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Wins!
    March 27, 2017
    Angela
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    If you're a person who has had a rough start in life and want to read a memoir of a woman who overcame with amazing grace, or if you're a person who loves a survival story, this is the book for you.

    I received a copy of this book in advance in exchange for my honest review.
  4. daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating
    March 26, 2017
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    This book is written by one of the many children of Ervil LeBaron, but in her own words. Her memories while growing up, seeking the love from her family, but failing within this faith of many wives and children.

    I found the book truly interesting and fascinating, catching a glimpse of how life is affected by the choices of the parents and in this case, the church. There are so many small stories within that could have made Anna into a traumatized young woman, and nearly did, but she overcame and turned into a strong woman.

    What I also appreciated, was the photo's in the back sharing her memories within, of the people in her lives. My only wish? More pictures!

    This is definitely a book that I would recommend reading.

    I received this book complimentary from the Tyndale Publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  5. Linda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Reading Experience
    March 26, 2017
    Linda
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    I cried, smiled, got angry, jumped for joy, was depressed, witnessed transformation and healing, and cried again. All in all, The Polygamists Daughter was one of the most satisfying reading experiences Ive had in a long time. When I finished Ms. LeBarons well written memoir and closed its cover, I sat for several hours soaking in what I had just read. While her story of her cruel and traumatic childhood is filled with heartbreaking truth, there is also tremendous hope and triumph woven throughout. Written like a novel, this book delivers a powerful plot, relatable characters, and dramatic dialogue. My attention was riveted from beginning to end. This memoir checked all the boxes for me and I highly recommend it. I received an Advance Read Copy from Tyndale Momentum in exchange for my honest review.
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