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.
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It's amazing to hear what this woman went through and how she overcame the struggle and is now inspiring many people around the world.
When I first read of Elizabeth's abduction and saw her angelic innocence ..I immediately despaired for her safe recovery.
When I read of her reappearance I called everybody I knew to share my joy of her survival, But inwardly I feared for her almost inevitable stigma and mental instability from her nightmarish ordeal. But soon after I was reading her statements in interviews and I marveled at the profound pragmatism she displayed in her mature responses to the usual fare of sensationalist queries that had her answering in no uncertain terms that she was moving on with her life and was not going to be defined by her experience. As I pondered her wisdom I began to feel that This young lady is going to be alright and I was very comforted by my personal summation. But, I always had a doubt now and again of my seemingly Selfish "wishful" thinking which led me to think oft about her. then I found her book "My Story" and my first hopeful predictions were instantly gratified. She chose not remain a victim and as far as I can see is living a full and blessed life that I pray will leave a lasting legacy for many generations to aspire to regardless of the most horrid pitfalls that lie in wait for many of us. Thank you Elizabeth! and God bless you and your family!
This story has always intrigued me and I'm glad to have the information from first hand experience and read by the author. The story was told very tactfully and without vulgarity. Thank you Elizabeth for the education while maintaining respect and dignity.
This really shows how a good moral, spiritual and strong family support can help a person come out of a horrific situation and be an inspiration to others. Having her relationship with God when she had no one else proves how important it is to have a faith.
Although this true story was, beyond understanding, disturbing and it shows just one tiny corner of the evil in this world, the lesson and example of gratitude was so rewarding. The audio was nice to listen to and I heard Her story with admiration of who she was, how she made it through and who she has become. I prayed for her safe return home with so many others.
I wanted to feel sorry for Ms. Smart as I listened to her tell her story but I is clear she needs no pity. She is a strong young woman with an good support system and an incredible mother.
I will continue to recommend this book to friends. This book is honest, and bold.
Elizabeth Smart takes us through her horrible ordeal without being too graphic about it. She demonstrates the power of family during difficult times. The reader feels her fears, her anger, and her triumph.
Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for your positivity and gratitude throughout your ordeal. It gives hope and a a path to life and happiness to other abuse survivors. God bless you and all those who have endured or are enduring abuse. Thank you for your time, talents and resources to bring real happiness and hope to so many.
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