The harrowing true story of abduction and survival from the courageous young woman who lived it—now the subject of a Lifetime original movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart.
In this memoir, 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. Elizabeth 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.
With My Story, Elizabeth 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 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. She and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, now have two children.
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Couldn't put it down!
Such a great book! It's sad that it took this lovely young lady having to go through what she went through though. The reason that this book is so amazing is because she didn't hold back...which I honestly wasn't expecting. I was expecting I guess for her to just kind of graze over some things..like ya this happened but ya, next this happened. I'm glad to say I was wrong! Not that I wasn't squirming in my chair reading such horrible things but this book WILL help people! You are proof that even going through something terrible, you can choose how to deal with it. You can let it consume you & never let go or you can pick yourself up & say this does not define who I am (not to say their aren't bad days) I'm literally in aww of you..I don't think I could show as much dignity & grace as you have. I am so sorry that your innocence was taken away from you in such a horrific way.
What a wonderful book. Elizabeth is truly inspirational!
You were never alone Elizabeth. We held you in our hearts and prayers every step of the way. You are hope.