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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I really felt like only she could tell of her captor's voice and intonations in a way that represented reality, and also her own attitudes and feelings.
It's shocking that desperate people like Elizabeth can be in plain site around us, on the back step of the church porch, in the public library, on the bus. Held captive and desperately needing help, yet unable to ask for it. It's made me feel convicted to try to notice people around me more, and to think through ways that I can be meaningful helpful.
I will recommend Audible to anyone who loves multi-tasking. I am able to learn while being active. It takes away my stress, totally!
Elizabeth's narration is excellent. I felt she was with me while she was telling her horrific story without being sappy, I have full admiration.
Elizabeth telling her own story made it more compelling.
Of course Elizabeth because you want her to be free and go on with her life. What an amazing young lady.
When she out smarts her kidnapers. Pretty good for a young.
The true story of a young survivor.
I love a really good book. It expands my life experiences and emotions!
The truth was told without going into gory details.
Her strength and faith
She has a great sense of humor
When God blessed her with a nice cold cup of water out of no where!
She shows us how to get through a horrific ordeal and come out on the other side
Filled with hope and love.
Horrifying abduction memoir.
That it was written and read by the author, sparing almost no detail of her terrible ordeal.
Elizabeth, of course.
The account of her initial abduction and the first days thereafter.
It's impossible to criticize Elizabeth considering the immense courage and strength in telling her story. Although the story is not a world class writing, bogging down at times in the endless suffering she experienced, the events happened as they did. And while a professional actor might have read the book "better," the book is far more meaningful when told in the author's voice. She did a nice job of conveying how her faith helped her through the ordeal without actively preaching her religion as better than others. Although shocking and disturbing, it might be an important story to give strength to rape victims and also to introduce 14+ year old children to the horrors that exist around us.
No. If I read something else about the case I would pick a book written by a third party.. For example, Smart refers to but then does not describe certain sexual acts her assailant made her watch and/or undergo. While such a description may not in and of themselves be necessary to describe their omission gives her story a less than fully authentic feel. Also, I found annoying certain attempts at black humor. Yet overall, her story is so compelling and her writing and reading of this book is truly brave.
The strength this little girl had.
She was detailed without being graphic. It was fascinating to learn the horror she went though and, more importantly, the beautiful life she came home to and continues to live.
Same as my headline "Despicable adults, amazing child"
I hope her story, especially the close calls where she COULD have been rescued sooner, will change US laws. If an officer of the law has reason to believe a veiled person is undercover as a means to hide their identity, we need to have laws that allow this situation to overrule any religious belief about someone remaining covered up. With respect to all faiths, I would hope that even in those religions which insist on veiled women and girls, they too would want police to be able to look at the female if THEIR loved one were in Elizabeth's situation.
She tastefully told of the sexual abuse with out going into morbid details.
Her positive attitude afterwards
Yes, couldn't put it down
I listened to this story with my 12 year old daughter. We loved that Elizabeth had the courage to write this story, and then with a tremendous amount of strength read the story herself. She is an admirable young woman with the attributes that we can only hope we are teaching our daughters.
The only book I can think of as a comparison is "Bringing Adam Home," the story of Adam Walsh's disappearance. The reason for this likeness is because of the very personal account of the events. As a reader listening to this book you are going to feel the pain, the fear, the rage, the anguish, the triumph, and even a bit of relief with final justice.
Listening to Elizabeth tell her story allows the reader/listener feel like she is part of their circle of friends. One reason we have listened to her story several times is that we simply don't want to say good bye to her. We cannot interact with her. We cannot offer her our comfort and praise. We cannot tell her we are proud of her in person. This story will move you in ways you just don't see happening until it is over and you have to let her go.
Yes. For that matter we have listened to it more than once.
Elizabeth is simply amazing. I wish it would be possible to thank her for telling this story. I would if I could thank her for sharing it with my own daughter who felt the story on a very personal level. I would thank Elizabeth for teaching my daughter in a way I never could that both good and evil are real, but surviving is more than living through it, it is coming out the other side knowing you are loved and strong. Elizabeth taught my daughter about the dangers and helped her to understand why I might be more cautious than she feels is necessary. Thank you Elizabeth. God Bless.
Long commute- Audible is the best :)
The fact that Elizabeth Smart narrated her own story made it so much more inspiring and meaningful. That she was able to find the courage to share these intimate details should teach us all a lesson about inner strength.
This book made me cry, and it made me smile. I cried at some her descriptions and thinking about how people could treat others in this manner, but smiled at the ending.
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