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My Story Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013
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"Smart's memoir is as compelling as it is disturbing. Her stoic Mormon faith, moreover, will both inspire and mystify readers." "--Boston Globe"
"Smart speaks candidly about the shame of rape, confessing her deep fear that her Mormon family would reject her as a result of her experiences. . . . Smart is already making waves in the media." --"New York" magazine
""My Story" chronicles [Elizabeth's] faith, aided by her memories of her family, and what she felt was the spiritual presence of her beloved grandfather, who had passed away just days before she was kidnapped. Realizing that her family would love her, no matter what her captors did to her, 'I had something still to live for.'" "--Salt Lake Tribune"
Smart's memoir is as compelling as it is disturbing. Her stoic Mormon faith, moreover, will both inspire and mystify readers. "Boston Globe"
Smart speaks candidly about the shame of rape, confessing her deep fear that her Mormon family would reject her as a result of her experiences. . . . Smart is already making waves in the media. "New York magazine"
"My Story" chronicles [Elizabeth's] faith, aided by her memories of her family, and what she felt was the spiritual presence of her beloved grandfather, who had passed away just days before she was kidnapped. Realizing that her family would love her, no matter what her captors did to her, I had something still to live for.' "Salt Lake Tribune""
From the Back Cover
How did Elizabeth Smart survive nine months in captivity-and manage to forge a new life for herself? This is her story.
On June 5, 2002, fourteen-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.
"The inspirational and ultimately redemptive story of a teenage girl's descent into hell... and of the faith that fueled her determination to survive." -Kirkus Reviews
In My Story, Smart tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she convinced her captors 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.
"[The book's] power lies in the way Smart presents herself-stronger but somehow still innocent." -The New Yorker--This text refers to the Audio CD edition. See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
I gave it 5 stars to say thank you for sharing your story, 5 stars for her bravery, 5 stars for her faith in God and 5 stars for moving on with her life, she is truly inspirational.
I am sickened by the people giving bad reviews, she is telling her story, it might not be going into the details you want to hear but you should be grateful she is sharing any of her story with the world at all. After all, she doesn't have to share anything with the world.
I was horrified to keep hearing in the book "people question" e.g. her sister not getting out of bed sooner and Elizabeth not speaking up in the library to the officer. How can people question any of it. Everyone acts differently in different situations and no one knows what they would do until they were in that situation. I think what disgusts me most with the people asking these questions is that Elizabeth and her sister were children and lived a sheltered life, how dare anyone be so rude.
Thank you again Elizabeth, May you continue to live a happy life!
Truth, faith, family, love and perseverance.
The horrific trauma, faced by Elizabeth herself, and her family.
How difficult to relive the horrors in order to write it down, this book should be used in all schools across the world, to educate all young people and their families.
Not to frighten, but to heighten awareness, and not be afraid to challenge what seems questionable.
Currently an issue, where it seems 'inappropriate' to challenge those with so-called 'religious' beliefs, that seem fanatical.
Elizabeth's story highlights the genuine person's vulnerability towards those people who infiltrate, learn 'the ropes', the 'jargon'and accepted 'demeanours', for their own ends.
Seemingly more common in these days the desperate attempts by perpetrators to harm.
What a beautiful person she has turned out to be despite the ordeal those monsters put her through.
Justice for Elizabeth is that they got life in prison.
God Bless you Elizabeth, you are truly free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It doesn't seem right to "review" something so sickeningly horrible -something that actually happened to a young girl ,how Elizabeth managed to come through her horrendous... Read morePublished 4 months ago by mrs s mchugh
I can't finish this book. I have read many stories like this but I find this hard to relate to as she never really explains the situations in any detail and there is a lot of bible... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah
Bought as a gift and she loved it. Really interesting readPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I remember the news reports on Elizabeth's abduction and how religious fanatic, David Brian Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, kidnapped her to be his second wife. Read morePublished 15 months ago by gloria piper
Unbelievable! What some people go through. Well worth reading but very very sad to think this happened!Published 17 months ago by Sooz1
Such a great read makes ones own troubles seem small an inspirational book.Published 18 months ago by Hillhead