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Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by [Wall, Elissa, Pulitzer, Lisa]
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Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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‘This book is captivating from the start and leaves you full of hope as you follow Elisa’s struggle to reach the outside world.’
News of the World

‘Gripping real life drama.’
Belfast Telegraph

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: 2248 KB
  • Print Length: 692 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017T0CRE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This is a very honest, true account of one young girl's life having being brought up in a polygamous sect.It is educating to learn about a religion I knew little about.As the story unfolds you see her struggle with what she has known and been brought up to believe and the nagging realisation that it is not right.Her beliefs are not all bad of the sect as she points out even at the end of the book she still has love for those left behind.It is about a stong woman who takes on the system(FDLS)and wins but at the cost of losing her Mum and sisters in the process.One very courageous lady.An inspiration.Would definately reccomend this book if you are looking for something different to read.
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I'd never even heard of the FLDS when a friend of mine recommended this book to me. From the off I found myself alternately fascinated, intrigued and repulsed by what I read. Elissa Wall has opened her heart and shared with us the painful story of her experience at being raised in what is essentially a religious cult and forced into marriage to her cousin at the tender age of 14. She suffered at the hands of her husband and the powers that be for years until she was finally strong enough to make the break and start a new life with her lover. She is an incredibly strong woman to have endured so much so young. Reading this has peaked my interest in the FLDS and I have since acquired some other books in a similar vein. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys true life stories or reading about religious cults.
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I cannot say I found this an easy book to read.

Horrific to read how the Glory of God and the intention for all His children to be saved through the sacrifice of his son, our Lord Jesus Christ, into eternal life, can be so grossly misinterpreted and abused for their own pleasures by the likes of men such as Warren Jeffs.

How brave Lisa has been to tell this story, her story. Thanks be to God that she was able to escape from this madness and receive of the riches that our Lord wishes for all of his flock. May love flourish in your home Lisa and the gift of healing be present for all of you.
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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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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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