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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.
This was a happy and sad book. I enjoyed reading about your family, can't wait to read Elizabeth's book. Your family was very strong willed not to give up. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lori Craner
This is more of a story of the background of Ed & Lois Smart and their family members and how they survived the 9 months that Elizabeth was missing..Published 1 month ago by JoAnne
I purchased this book as a gift for Christmas. It came in great condition and very quickly. I was very pleased with the quality and the low price that I paid.Published 7 months ago by Kala Nicholson
Wanted to read the memoir written by Elizabeth herself but selected this one by mistake. Her book is not yet released so will get this one as soon as it comes out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kelly
Very inspirational, helps you understand the pain and love behind the their story. Will open anybody's eyes and heart to faith..Published 8 months ago by Pen Name
This was written by her parents, and shows what they were going through while she was missing. It shows the incompetance of the police. Read morePublished 9 months ago by kpcat
A terrible crime against a beautiful young girl. Written by her father with such gentleness, love and a whole lot of faith. Read morePublished 10 months ago by tracey carr
I was excited to read this book & hear the real story but I'm going to be honest...I felt like I was reading a religious book more than a book about a young girl who was abducted. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lucy
Faith and hope: A riveting and passionate story of Elizabeth Smart, a lovely daughter and sister, abducted, sequestrated, and miraculously found alive, 9 months later! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jean-Paul A. HELDT