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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Yes, Elizabeth's story was perfectly crafted to give enough details of her frightening experience. Her decision to survive the kidnapping and carrying out her committment was inspiring. Her faith beyond words.
the explicit descriptions of events only attributable to the angels that stayed by her side. The glass of water from origins unknown when she was so thirsty. I also could appreciate how intelligent she was even more so than she describes her captor.
Yes, her grace and resolve are obvious in both her speaking and this book.
Since I knew she was found, the book did not make me cry. There were no humorous aspects to the book.
I believe Elizabeth's family had a deep impact on her survival during and after her experience. An inspiring story to say the least.
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Hearing Elizabeth read her book adds power to this story that writing alone cannot possibly provide.
This story cannot be adequately explained with the word "LIKE." I will say this, every parent, and especially mothers should listen to this book and take to heart the power of a mother's words - the words and teaching of Elizabeth's mother sustained her through an ordeal that is really, beyond words. I do not want to minimize the divine intervention that clearly kept Elizabeth strong, but her mother's words were the conduit by which God reminded her to hold on to her faith.
I cried several times, but the author's frequent sarcastic observations frequently made me laugh or smile.
Put quite simply, this book offers the keys to dealing with almost any traumatic event. Who could have imagined that Elizabeth Smart would find herself in such a brutal and evil situation? Still, even though she was a young, naïve and sheltered girl, her parents prepared her, her church prepared her, and God sustained her through an horrific ordeal beyond description. Elizabeth is willing to share her story - every parent should be willing to hear or at least read her story. As for the religious skeptics - "My Story" offers two profound truths: 1) Evil exists! 2) God is alive and well!!!
Not enough days to read or listen!
Absolutely! Having Elizabeth be the reader of her own story added so much depth to her story. To listen to Elizabeth tell her story in her own words, I felt I was able to understand her experience more clearly. Her terror, fear, loneliness, disgust for her captors were easily conveyed because it was her experience she was relating. The joy Elizabeth experienced when reuniting with her family was so much more powerful and moving, again, because it was her own experience.
I was touched by Elizabeth's account of finding a cup of ice cold water by her pillow in the middle of the night after having had endured a couple of days of no water in the heat of summer. Where had that water come from? Elizabeth must have viewed this experience as a reminder that she was not alone, that God had not forsaken her. I imagine this must have greatly comforted her.
I fell in love with the courageous young woman I came to know through the telling of her story, Elizabeth Smart herself. Her love of her family and how their strength supported her even though she was separated from them, was touching. I admired Elizabeth's motivation to "do whatever I had to" to stay alive so she could reunite with her family. I admire, above all, how Elizabeth has been able to take her horrific 9 month captivity, and use the insight gained from this negative experience, to become an influence for good in the world.
I enjoyed the experience of listening to this story. I have so much respect and admiration for Elizabeth Smart. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
What an amazingly powerful experience, told in a deeply and compassionately powerful way...by Elizabeth herself! I would never want one of my precious daughters to ever experience what she experienced, but I am so very grateful that she courageously told her story with her own voice, and hope that I, my wife and my children may be as resilient and grateful as Elizabeth. Through her, we know that it can be done, that we can endure always with hope.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
The professional writer or whatever who helped Smart write this book. The way her story is written is terrible and shallow.
No I've read lots of personal accounts of true stories. Probably all were better than this one.
She wasn't so bad
This book is the "see spot run" of true crime.
She wasn't ready to talk about how she felt during her ordeal. Was she backed into a corner and had to produce something by a deadline? Skip the book and read the newspaper/police records of the crime and you'll get just as much out of it as you would have from the book.
"Outstanding and moving"
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys true accounts and stories of real survival.
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Similar powerful accounts of kidnap survival
Elizabeth wrote and read her own story, her own account of the ordeal she suffered as a kidnapped child. The way she dealt with each horrific day is remarkable, but the most incredible thing, is how she moves forward after she has been rescued. It is a story of real survival and people could learn a lot from her attitude about how to get past this and live the rest of her life. I am humbled that she chose to tell her story and I am delighted that she did.
"The lady doth protest too much methinks."
She kept going back over and over and over again saying why she didn't escape, or why she went without a fight,and while you can understand that she would want to make the point it got to the stage where i thought she was just trying to fill the book up and got bored.
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