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My Story | [Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart]

My Story

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, My Story, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

©2013 Elizabeth Smart (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14
    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Easily entertained and amused.

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    "Impressive!"

    It's unimaginable that this brilliant young woman could take a life altering event that would destroy the lives of most and present it in such informative detail. Her book is an incredible inspiration for survival and success in overcoming tragedy. Her actual performance makes this even more amazing. Kudos to Elizabeth! No one could have done this any better.

    The only thing that could add to or compliment this book is the story of Ed and Lois Smart and how they conduced themselves, their family and their lives during and after Elizabeth's ordeal. Perhaps another book? I'd buy it.

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    Ashley Person Sewickley, PA 01-04-14
    Ashley Person Sewickley, PA 01-04-14 Member Since 2011

    K. Xandria

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    "Moving account of a difficult story"
    If you could sum up My Story in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, Difficult, Inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    The epilogue and hearing how she moved on with her life with such grace.


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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-30-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "How brave, how strong, how real"
    What did you love best about My Story?

    I enjoyed the authenticity of it. Elizabeth's humor shines through even in the darkest moments. She does not sugar-coat her epxeriences, nor does she drag us through the mud by describing the details of her sexual assaults. She explains what she did and why without a halo on her head or a poor-poor-me philosophy, but also explains why she was too scared to speak up in the opportunities she had the chance to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Elizabeth came home. I spent time in Utah in April of 2003, just after she came back, and everyone was talking about it. It was incredibly moving to hear her describe the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an incredible book, well worth the wait. Elizabeth has grown up, moved on, seen the trial, been married, enjoyed college and missionary work... If she had written the book shortly after the rescue, it would not have had nearly as much poignancy. Good on you, Elizabeth!

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    Charles Ionia, MI, USA 12-17-13
    Charles Ionia, MI, USA 12-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Sad and disturbing story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    did not read the print version, so no opinion


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact this story was not fiction


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Elizabeth's return to her parents


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Her refusal to admit she was Elizabeth Smart


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    Mark Louisville, CO, United States 12-11-13
    Mark Louisville, CO, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done, Elizabeth"

    I had a hard time listening to this book, but only because it is such a horrifying tale. I thought it was intelligently written. In some ways, I felt that a different narrator might have been easier to listen to. I was uncomfortable hearing her have to repeat her nightmare to the world.

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    Cathy DIXON, IL, United States 12-08-13
    Cathy DIXON, IL, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Made me cry!"
    If you could sum up My Story in three words, what would they be?

    Shielded by God


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    When she was in a library and was being questioned by police who were asking who she was and she was afraid to tell them...fear for her family...always feared for her family's safety!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Police station when father saw her!


    If you could give My Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Faith brings you through


    Any additional comments?

    Cried more than once while reading this book...touching and true story that shows that there are many "lost children" out there who are trapped by horrible people!

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    JJ Cardon Idaho Falls, ID 11-30-13
    JJ Cardon Idaho Falls, ID 11-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "compelling and inspiring"

    I enjoyed the story and was inspired by her courage. I know the author is not an actress but the reading was a little dull but I appreciated hearing her emotion in her own story.

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    Evelyn West Ossipee, N.H., United States 11-28-13
    Evelyn West Ossipee, N.H., United States 11-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very well written..."
    What did you love best about My Story?

    It was very well told and made my heart hurt for what u went thru. There is a girl missing here in Conway N.H.. When a listened to this story all I could do is pray for this girl and hope she has the will power u did Elizabeth. I have put the word and face out all over face book so no one gives up looking for her. I'm glad u made it home....And you are strong enough to tell your story.

    Bless You
    Evelyn


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Story?

    The whole thing...and Her straight. Plus she never gave up hope.


    Which scene was your favorite?


    When she said "Yes, My name is Elizabeth."


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    CAH MN 11-24-13
    CAH MN 11-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Amazingly positive given the horrific situation"
    Would you listen to My Story again? Why?

    Yes, because although what Elizabeth lived through was horrific, her message to not let it ruin her life was very powerful. There are many people who have lived through far less who have let one event ruin their lives. Hooray for Elizabeth! I wish her the best in life!


    What does Elizabeth Smart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having Elizabeth as the narrator made the book that much better because she was actually telling her story. I don't think her true sense of thankfulness for life would have come through as powerfully in simply reading the book.


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    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 11-18-13
    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Haunting"

    The raw story. It was so well written, she tells the story with all the feelings that are too terrible to imagine happening. It constantly made me think of all of the girls that have been kidnapped and did not make it out alive. She desperately wanted to live, even to the point that she knew that she would out live Mitchell and Barzee and then be free. How sad, and what a fighting spirit for a young, naive, innocent girl. It would not have been the same if she had not been the narrator, the story was even more poinient by listening to her tell her own story. I also loved the strong family love and ties that kept her going. This is a story that I will not forget and I recommend to others.

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