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Stolen Innocence: My story of growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and breaking free
 
 

Stolen Innocence: My story of growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and breaking free [Kindle Edition]

Elissa Wall
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“Wall’s story couldn’t be more timely. Her descriptions of the polygamous sect’s rigidity are shocking, but what’s most fascinating is the immensely likeable author’s struggle to reconcile her longing for happiness with her terror of it’s consequences.” (People)

People

Wall's story couldn't be more timely. Her descriptions of the polygamous sect's rigidity are shocking, but what's most fascinating is the immensely likeable author's struggle to reconcile her longing for happiness with her terror of it's consequences.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 692 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061628018
  • Publisher: HarperTrue (13 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9J0A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
My husband brought this book in a book sale and when I read the back cover I was really interested. From the very first pages I was hooked and couldn't put it down - I've never finished a book so quickly. It certainly opens your eyes, its unbelievable to think that this kind of thing still goes on in todays society. I have great admiration for Elissa Wall for having the courage to get out of the FLDS church at such a young age and after everything she went through. A complete page turner and I thoroughly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fascinating yet disturbing read! 21 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on the back of reading "The Nineteenth Wife" and I have to tell you that although shocked by what I read, it held me captive for several days while I took every opportunity I could to read it! (I have small children and don't get much time to myself - otherwise it would have been a book I'd finished in a day!!) It was a fascinating read, and I still can't believe it actually continues today. I was really drawn to the young lady who has written the story and am so relieved that she has escaped from her hideous marriage and insane religious cult!!! I'm a Christian and just couldn't get my head round some of the religious doctrine that was dictated by the "prophet" Warren Jeffs. It really is quite frightening.

I thoroughly recommend this book and have recommended it to several members of my book club, who also read "The Nineteenth Wife". I also bought "Escape" by Carolyn Jessop who is related to Elissa Wall through the polygamous marriage network, and I'm reading it at the moment!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and eye opening 5 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
Having read the Banner of Heaven I was hoping to read this book and get more feelings of what it was like for someone who went through day to day issues and upheavals under the control of Warren Jeffs.
Absolutely inspirational book and is right at the top of my recommendations. This books offers an in depth look into what the life of someone in this sect is like. My heart and best wishes go out to Elisa.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unmasking Warren Jeffs 21 July 2009
Format:Paperback
A highly significant addition to polygamist horror stories, as the author was directly responsible for the [unfortunately too short, 10 years] incarceration of Warren Jeffs, the current head of the FLDS. I found a photo on the Net of the author at 14 - she looked more like 10 - taken just months before her Jeffs-forced marriage. A graphic account of the trap into which FLDS women are tied, hand, foot and mind. Should be read in conjunction with Escape and Shattered Lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greater understanding and empathy... 4 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Like Caroline Jessop's book, Elissa's story is heartbreaking and promising all at the same time. Elissa was 14 years old when she was forced into marriage with her 19 year old cousin whom she could not stand. Elissa talks about her life and the people in the community and how she got out. She gives a great insight into how the community functions and how they are so susceptible to being victimised. I came away from this book with a greater understanding of the FLDS and even some empathy for it. Elissa tells her story of tragedy but without any bitterness or resentment and makes sure that the reader knows that the average FLDS person is just trying to be a better person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stolen Innocence 18 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is shocking how brainwashed people can be living in todays fast and well informed world. It makes the actions that this young women took all the more brave. It is truly shameful what happened to this girl. Thank goodness the American government made this shameful so called leader accountable for what he has put children/people in his grip through. It reminds me of some of the recent court cases for members of the catholic church.
No one is more vunerable than a child - and nothing as evil as organisations that take advantage of them.
This book explains well the authors thinking throughout her ordeal - i finished it in just a couple of days
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING 3 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Superb highly recommended read from Elissa Wall. Wow - what a brave young lady to take the self professed prophet Warren Jeffs to court to answer the very serious charges against him. I have read many books dealing with cult religions but this is the best one so far and although it is a long read the reader will be engaged for the whole read.

Elissa is to be commended for bringing her story to the public arena.

Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family relations and FLDS 11 May 2011
Format:Paperback
This is truly book worth reading, it's skillfully written and informative while touching at the same time. It shows the abuse of women in FLDS without demonizing people practising the religion. Stolen Innocence helps understanding FLDS way of life and tells the fascinating survival story of Elissa Wall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was a brilliantly written life of a member of the flds church. I couldn't put it down. It was so honest and such an insight to a life of a young member born into this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs g tunnicliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
read this if you enjoyed " the 19th Wife " by Ebershoff
Published 3 months ago by enid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 months ago by GUTBNLMr DF and Mrs J Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars honest and insightful read
A really good book i couldnt put it down!! A really honest book written well and gives an insight into how these so called religious groups ruin peoples lives!
Published 4 months ago by Weenett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very brave young lady taking on the fdls.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. G. Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story
amazing account of being born a child of plural marriage,then forced into an arranged marriage at 14 and her brave decision to leave a few years later,brillant read,i loved it
Published 5 months ago by swiper
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelling story
A true account of the life of Elissa wall and her struggle with losing her family and starting a fresh
Published 5 months ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
I enjoyed reading this book, it wasn't always easy to stomach due to the subject matter but it's an enlightening story and well worth the read.
Published 9 months ago by CazD
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivor
Great book, thanks for speaking up. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been in this situation to read it, it would give them inspiration.
Published 9 months ago by Smiler
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