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"My father had more than fifty children." So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult--a radical branch of Mormonism--Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desp ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Anna LeBaron Hi Lorie,

Following is a paragraph from the "NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR" that appears immediately following the Title Page and the Dedication Page of my boo…more
Hi Lorie,

Following is a paragraph from the "NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR" that appears immediately following the Title Page and the Dedication Page of my book:

"I also want to make it clear that my father took the basic tenets of Joseph Smith's teachings, including polygamy, that had been practiced for generations in my family and radically twisted them. My father promoted an extremism that shattered so many lives. The modern-day LDS Mormon church officially disavowed polygamy in 1890."

I hope this helps. (less)

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Ticcoa Leister
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heart-rending.

Haunting.

Hopeful.

The Polygamist’s Daughter embodies all three of those words.

Anna LeBaron is telling her story of escape from her father, Ervil LeBaron’s, violent polygamist cult. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here. This is a story that can only be told (justifiably so) by those who lived it. I’ll just say this: If LeBaron's objective was to tell her story from the perspective of herself as a child, she and her contributing writer, Leslie Wilson, have accomplished tha
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Jana Craft
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anna LeBaron, daughter of polygamist cult leader Ervil LeBaron, shares her remarkable upbringing in a poignant new memoir releasing March 21, 2017.

LeBaron writes from an adult perspective looking back, which gives the story a unique flavor compared to her cousin, Ruth Wariner, and her child-told perspective of escaping a different branch of the same polygamist family in 2016's The Sound of Gravel. Both women tell heart-wrenching tales of hunger, abandonment, transient lifestyles, child labor an
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Rachel Bruce
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Few stories have captured my interest so thoroughly that I read them all the way through into the wee hours of the morning, but from the very first words, I was heavily invested in Anna LeBaron's story and its outcome...more so because it is a true story.

The vignettes of LeBaron's young life in a polygamist cult were both difficult to read and awe inspiring. I myself have a school age son. Over and over, I kept picturing him in the same circumstances that LeBaron describes as her life, and my mo
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Ruth Wariner
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I felt a profound sense of hope as I read THE POLYGAMIST'S DAUGHTER, a raw, captivating and powerful book that I couldn't put down until I reached the very last page. Anna LeBaron is a survivor. Her story is heartbreaking, but her determination, perseverance and love for her family will touch your heart and inspire you again and again. I was especially moved by Anna's relationships with her siblings, in the way they looked out for and took care of each other in the midst of extreme poverty and n ...more
April
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started this book this morning, thinking I could read a few chapters before my daily routine began-- and had to tear myself away before I started chapter 25! You will NOT want to put this down... and you may want to re-read it immediately after!

Anna LeBaron (with help of Leslie Wilson) beautifully crafts her true story of growing up in a violent, polygamous cult. This is non-fiction, but it reads rich and vibrant, better than many fiction novels I've read! It's hard to write about it without
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Xamayta
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 t
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Gail Alexander
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in two sittings. It would have been one sitting, but I had to go to work. This book has it all: part autobiography, part scandal, part murder mystery, part history. Above all, it is a story of redemption and triumph of the human spirit through the grace of God. A must-read.

NOTE: I received an Advance Reader Copy from Tyndale Momentum in exchange for my honest review.
Robin Andrews
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story beautifully written. I was familiar with the LeBaron saga from reading Irene Spencer's books, as well as Ruth Wariner's Sound of Gravel. I wondered how and what Ervil LeBaron's family members went through as he was on the run. Anna tells her story and it is disturbing at times to read. She takes the reader with her as the struggles to simply survive. Abandoned and forgotten for the most part, she resiliently finds herself and is able to forgive those that threw her away. Her lif ...more
Kim
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Polygamist I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction. I prefer getting lost in other worlds and living vicariously through those characters. Yesterday, with chocolates and coffee by my side and kitty curled up sleeping on my lap I sat down to read the Anna LeBaron's memoir, "The Polygamist's Daughter." I could NOT PUT IT DOWN. It's THAT good. I mean it when I say that you won't regret reading her book.

Her story of being the daughter of the infamous Evril LeBaron, and the polygamist cult she grew up in, will t
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Amanda
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in about 4 1/2 hours. I could not put it down. It definitely captures your attention and your heart! You will definitely have a roller coaster of emotions as you read these real life events. Go preorder it now! AnnaLeBaron.com
I received an Advanced Reader copy from Tyndale publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Julie Presley
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An powerful telling of such an incredible life's journey. This book will WRECK you in the best way, and then will put you right back together again. If you've ever wondered what could become of the struggle you've lived through, LeBaron's story will give you incredible hope for a beautiful and redeemed future. I received an ARC from the publisher, this review is my honest opinion.
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You can watch my review on my channel here!

Before I go any further into this review, let me first say this: despite the disappointments and problems I found reading this one, I never put it down. It was easily digestible, very simply written (we’ll come back to that in a minute) and it didn’t take me long to get through it. I never felt like abandoning it. On the other hand, the unfortunate news is that this is probably the best praise that I have for this one.

The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna L
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Meg
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking but life affirming page turner! You'll be cheering for young Anna as she grows up in the clutches of polygamy, but totally untethered from the adults in her life--until she makes a dramatic decision to escape and redefine what life, love, and faith mean on her own terms. If you loved THE SOUND OF GRAVEL, this one should be next up on your list!
Carolyn
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

There are no good words to describe the childhood that Anna LeBaron endured. I mean, while I was worried about getting strawberry instead of chocolate ice cream, Anna worried about her next meal, and middle of the night moves, and who her father may or may not have promised her to as a child bride. She survived escape from her father' polygamist cult, not unscarred, but also not completely broken. A true testament to her streng
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Rebecca
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy from Tyndale Momentum in exchange for my honest review.

Wow! I tend to google things as I read non-fiction and this book is especially google-able! What a difficult story to tell. Anna does a marvelous job adding her voice to the many others who have personal experience with the LeBaron cult. I'm so encouraged by the hope she finds despite a childhood full of dysfunction and neglect.
Yibbie
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anna did an excellent job putting incredibly painful memories down for everyone to see. The terror, confusion, and abandonment that characterized her childhood are heartbreaking. It’s a very personal narrative written solely from Anna’s perspective. She walks you through her life only revealing the events going on in the group as she learned about them even if it was years after they happened. Imagine finding out that you someone you love and respect is on the run for murder.
This is a fascina
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Ruth
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, just wow. You hear about cults all the time, but it is rare to get an actual peek inside of one. In this book, Anna LeBaron gives us a detailed look at what life was like growing up in a cult. Her story of resilience and determination to rise above her upbringing is amazing and inspiring. Her writing style is engaging and hard to put down. I read the entire book in two sittings!

Highly recommend, but you might need a tissue or two.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Anna LeBaron is the daughter of Ervil LeBaron, the deceased leader of a Mormon fundamentalist group supporting polygamy. Ervil had thirteen wives and fifty children. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the death he ordered against a rival cult leader. Those who challenged him or left the church found their lives in danger.
Anna’s parents were constantly on the run to avoid arrest from the FBI. To keep her and her siblings safe they were sent to live with different relatives and c
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Amy Langmaack
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 hours. It took me 5 hours to read a lifetime of living. In this memoir, Anna LeBaron tells the unbelievable story of her life. LeBaron grew up in a cult, and despite so many things against her, she heard the voice of God speaking to her. She found freedom from God and throughout this narrative, she shares stories of protection, redemption, and love. She has overcome more than many are asked to do. And despite where she's been, she shares the hope of overcoming and leaning on God to help you pe ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ryodb, nonfiction, memoir, arc, 2016
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.

LeBar
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Melissa
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Catherine Passmore
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After finishing this memoir at 4 a.m. because I couldn't put it down, I needed a day to recoup and gather my thoughts on what I just read.

Anna's story of growing up in a polygamous cult run by her father - who masterminded multiple murders - is both fascinating and horrifying. She tells of middle of the night moves, being left with strangers while her parents' hide, living in a state of hunger and mistreatment, being used as basically slave labor to pad the pockets of church leaders, and being p
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Heidi
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have long been fascinated by the inner workings of cults, specifically polygamist cults. Why do people stay? How is power exerted? What happens when the leader dies? How do people escape? What makes a woman "ok" with being a "sister-wife"? How are children raised? How is one man capable of financially supporting multiple families? What is life like inside? How does one who is able to leave go about adjusting to the "real world"?

As the child of one of modern polygamy's most infamous characters,
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Tracy McGee
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book mostly out of sheer curiosity. The story intrigued me and I just wanted to know what happened. As I heard Anna LeBaron's story, I became overwhelmed with the emotion of all that had happened to her and inspired by her strength through it all. I am in awe of God's unfailing love and this story has helped me to realize some healing I have left to do in my own life. This book is more than just a story. It is a tool that I believe is going to be used to change lives. I rec ...more
Della Falbo
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great story! A heartbreaking look inside the world of a cult, from the perspective of a child of the leader. I found the first couple of chapters a little hard to follow, as they felt disconnected, but once I got through those, I was riveted, and did not stop until I finished. Anna LeBaron's story is heart wrenching as well as heart warming. A "rags to riches" if you will. I recommend it highly.

Disclosure: I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Kelli Moore
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anna LeBaron tells a horrifying story of a life that most of us can't fathom. Incredibly she does so with grace and compassion. It is impossible to put down once you become invested in the life of this child of whom she tells. The author manages to describe with fascinating detail what life was like for the daughter of a cult leader. She also draws the reader in with her kind words and positive attitude. This is a must read. Absolutely a must read. I received an Advance Reader Copy from Tyndale ...more
Kelly Shank
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book reads like the best suspense novel with twists in every chapter. LeBaron masterfully balances authentically telling her harrowing story of growing up in the polygamous cult led by the murderous Ervil LeBaron with respectfully representing her family. The details of her daily life allow the reader to easily imagine themselves living in her place. As I read the book there were times I forgot I was reading a true story because the details are so unimaginable. Her stories give a rare glimp ...more
Stacie
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Plot Summary: Anna LeBaron grew up in a Polygamist's family, one of the daughters of the cult Leader Ervil LeBaron. In this memoir, she relays the her story of what it was like to live as a child of a sister-in-law

Banter Points: Anna's telling of her story is beautiful and poignant. The struggle of never enough, stuffed down feelings, and being shuttled from family to family is heart-wrenching. Reading about the separation she faced with her mother made me want hug my kids extra that night.

The a
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Angel Parrish
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
This is easily one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Ever. It is extraordinary.

The story itself is fascinating. But the way it is written, the reader is immersed in Anna's life--feeling her emotions, seeing through her eyes. And that's what takes this from being a good book to a GREAT book!

I often find memoirs to stall on occasion or to be redundant. That doesn't happen here. The story moves along, pulling you with it. I honestly could not put this book down!!! I gasped, I cried, I trembled i
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Brianna
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Haunting. Hooking from the first sentence.

Anna tells the truth about her life as a daughter of an evil cult leader. From her first sentences you are hooked by the rawness and haunting tale she artfully weaves.

A story with several tragic twists, it is unbelievable at times that this is a nonfiction book. What begins as haunting and tragic ends hopeful and inspiring!

I am so excited to see what freedom Anna's story brings to other women who have been censored for their lives.

Well done
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One of more than fifty children of infamous, polygamist cult leader, Ervil LeBaron, Anna LeBaron endured abandonment, horrific living conditions, child labor, and sexual grooming. At age thirteen, she escaped the violent cult, gave her life to Christ, and sought healing. A gifted communicator and personal growth activist, she’s passionate about helping others walk in freedom. Anna lives in the DFW ...more

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