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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0385512147
  • ASIN: B000IOERGQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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At 3:58 in the morning of June 5, 2002, Ed and Lois Smart awoke to the sound of their nine-year-old daughter Mary Katherine?s frightened voice. ?She?s gone. Elizabeth is gone.? At first they thought she was having a bad dream about her older sister, but Mary Katherine?s seeming bad dream would quickly become their worst nightmare. Their daughter Elizabeth was gone.

They were not sure why the media picked up on Elizabeth?s story, but after their daughter was kidnapped she became the whole world?s daughter. After nine months of a strange, hard, sometimes rewarding, but mostly painful journey, Elizabeth was miraculously returned to them. Just as millions throughout the world had grieved for her loss, now they celebrated her safe return.

In Bringing Elizabeth Home, Ed and Lois share the pain of every parent?s worst fear: ?What would I do if my child was taken from me?? They also share a story of great hope, strong faith, and trust in God. The Smart family had always been devoted to their Mormon faith, but through their terribly painful experience they gained a tremendous inner strength, which became the key to their survival. They write, ?Having our daughter back home, in our arms, is nothing short of a miracle. It is the ultimate proof that God answers prayers. Granted, sometimes the answer is not the one we pray for, but still it remains an answer. We feel truly blessed that He answered our prayers the way we had hoped for, although we realize, regretfully, that this is not always the outcome in kidnapping cases. We have met so many families with missing children and we?ve seen how deep their pain goes . . . But what we hope to convey through our journey of faith and hope is that with a strong belief in God, all things are possible. Miracles do happen.?

In the end, the Smarts? story brings one point poignantly home--nothing is more important in this world than family. Not money. Not work. Not a fancy new car or an expensive, big house. Family, the prayers of so many friends and strangers, and trust in God are what got them through this experience--and having survived, they have no doubt that they can persevere in any situation as long as those three things are in their lives. Though their story is filled with many incredible twists and turns, they never lost focus on what was important: bringing Elizabeth home.

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Laura Morton is the author of eighteen books and has written six New York Times Bestsellers. She lives in New York. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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My initial impression was that this book is very poorly written.
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Reading this book, you feel like you know the Smart family.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After all is said and done I fail to see why some people are so venomous towards Mr. and Mrs. Smart. I received a copy of this book as a gift the other day and I must admit I was skeptical about the parent's motive for writing it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how understandble and sympathetic they come across. It is impossible for me to understand what they went through, the pain of losing their daughter, the insane, callous, and stupid accusations against them that have gotten hurled around. Having just finished the book I understand where they are coming from in wanting to have their version of their story out there for the public. I encourage you to read and decide for yourself.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The family amakes it clear that they chose to write this book so that all of the misinformation about the kidnapping can be cleared up once and for all. Further, it is a testament to thier strong faith and belief that God lives and Miricales do happen. It appears that ELizabeth is doing very well and the family has moved on together to live a happy life--especially now that they have thier daughter back. This book will enlighted, inspire and bring you closer to the ones you love.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Not only does it faithfully tell the painful story of Elizabeth's disappearance and the family's efforts to cope with such an event, it also succeeds in portraying the parents as real individuals forced to deal with a horrific trial. I also respect the fact that the book respects and protects Elizabeth's privacy - the poor girl has been through enough already without us knowing every detail of what happened to her during those 9 months! Overall, a very touching, heartfelt book with rays of hope throughout.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 2003
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This book's very title is one I had never thought the public would see, since Elizabeth Smart was missing for so long...but she's home! It was wonderful to see this book on the shelves and it's a terrific read besides. It also made me curious about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, since the faith of Elizabeth's parents, who are members, is so strong and inspirational. Welcome Home, Elizabeth, and thanks, Lois and Ed, for writing your story!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K. on November 10, 2003
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I'm amazed at all the swirling of opinion about this book--It's really not that complicated. The Smarts went through one of the worst possible things that can happen to a parent but they were miraculously spared the ultimate tragedy. This is the story of their ordeal. They come across as very normal, caring parents, and they seem to really have their hearts in the right place when it comes to the well-being of all their children, and for the missing children (and their parents) who have not yet or will never be found. It's really a tear jerker. I think they couldn't have put presented their story any more tastefully.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In response to the previous review, there are not inconsistencies in the story. First, The name of the actual kidnapper was identified to police months before she was found, but was not fully acted upon until John Walsh announced it on TV. Second, like I said before, it was not "magically" 9 months later that they gave the police the kidnapper's name, and the kidnapper did not associate with the family and was only working on the roof of the Smart home for a few hours on one occasion. Last, I believe she did not cry out to anyone around her because she was doing all she could to survive. The kidnapper had a terrible hold on her through verbal abuse and threatened her constantly. Pregnant? She is 14 years old - I don't see why people think the Smarts sent their daughter away because she was pregnant. The main point of the book is to show everyone that miracles do happen through faith. They are not using their daughter's story as a ploy to make money. It is one thing to have faith and another thing to be kind and generous to those less fortunate in our communities. The Smarts through the goodness of their hearts helped many people through odd jobs they needed done, only to be backstabbed by a criminal. Get the story right. Also, in response to another previous review, the point of this book was not about Elizabeth's ordeal, which should be kept private for her sake. The book is about the faith the Smarts held on to and the journey they went through for those nine months, hence the title of the book "Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope." Let's hope others who read this book will see the good in the Smart family and realize the message they are trying to send, rather than be like those who get pleasure out of criticizing and accusing others. The Smart family and Elizabeth are an example to us all.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By emma force on September 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My initial impression was that this book is very poorly written. I was willing to give that a pass (ghostwriter for freaked out parents) but then I started wondering why the editor didn't step in to fix the glaring errors and readability. The chapters and in some cases the paragraphs are titled with one of the two parents' names. However the writing that follows isn't always written in the named-parents' "voice". The tenses shift uncomfortably. The timeline shifts awkwardly. The writing itself is often garbled, awkwardly paced and clunky. This is not a well-written book.

Once you get past that... okay, these are the parents of a formerly missing child and my heart really wanted to go out to them. Only they are by and large very unlikeable people. I wondered, alternately, what their motive was in writing this book (they stated a motive, but it seems to be heavily contradicted by the facts), why they seemed so stilted and 'off', and why they thought it was appropriate to talk about their children in such a fashion. I know there was a movie of the week produced from this as well - whhhhy? They are not strong advocates for missing children. One gets the impression that, after Elizabeth was found, they went back to being people who barely noticed the missing children posters once again. They stated they wanted Elizabeth to have privacy but all their actions have belied that statement. They stated they wanted to set the facts straight, but the book was very fact-lite. It felt rushed, obligatory and smarmy.

I was especially disturbed by their? the writer's? attempt at humility: (paraphrasing) 'This experience showed us that we should live our lives nurturing what is important...
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