My Story

My Story

By Elizabeth Smart & Chris Stewart

  • Release Date: 2013-10-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

For the first time, ten 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, 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.

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.

Reviews

  • My Story

    5
    By nanakurtz
    A sharing of hope in the midst of darkness & despair was so powerful. The wisdom of a young persons experience & her unbelievable ability to cope is so inspiring. I appreciate what she shared as a gift to all who read this incredible journey. These words have the potential to positively change lives if the reader chooses to listen with an open heart. This book is one to be studied for all its wisdom.
  • Thank you for giving us Hope

    5
    By Sweets 4 me
    Broke my heart and then uplifted it by the power of Hope and God in Elizabeth's heart. God Bless you
  • Great book

    5
    By Sarahthedevil
    Very nice read
  • READ IT!! It's inspiring.

    5
    By Anthony_MySunshine
    Not once did I not tear every time I got a chance to read this book (hands full with 3 sunshines). At the end of this book, a tear of happiness and feeling grateful. Definitely Elizabeth Smart gave me a view of the dark world we live in, but also that there is more good than evil.
  • Beautiful, Dark, & Brutally Honest

    5
    By bturrini
    I loved it; no doubt about that! Through her point of view I got a clear picture of what it must've been like facing pain and suffering, and as I read I felt like I was there and wondering what I could do. That's the beauty of books and I love that. It's a beautiful book, with its dark side to it but it's really honest. I don't know how she moved on so well, but I applaud her very much and I'm glad her former captors—whose names will not be said—finally received the punishment they long deserved. I pray that Elizabeth gets the best in life and that alone. She's amazing and I'm glad to have read this book. Thank you for sharing your story and helping others!
  • Hugs to You!

    5
    By Sladdres
    Powerful and Inspiring!
  • My Story

    5
    By Poiuytrewdq
    I was fortunate to hear Elizabeth Smart speak at a convention. Listening to her story made me want to buy the book. I was not disappointed. Her story is truly inspirational. A good read for parents and teens. Be grateful. You will survive.
  • Worthy, uplifting read

    5
    By NoEndToLove
    This is one sweet lady who went through a terrible, long experience as a young girl. No one is more pure and worthy than she is. May the Lord fill her heart and life with His great love, and the rest of us as well as we learn as much as we can from her horrible experience. This book is such a worthy read!
  • Absolutely Incredible

    5
    By catlover1672
    What a beautiful beautiful soul. God Bless her and keep her what an inspiration. Please read this book.
  • God bless you

    5
    By CamilleMiller11
    God bless you Elizabeth Smart. You are an empowering young woman who had incredible strength and also incredible love for the Lord. I believe he was with you through ever step of your terrible journey and kept you alive to be reunited with your family as well as to be an advocate for children rights. Your strengths make this world a better place

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