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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.
I would urge all parents to read this and understand what REALLY happened to This entire family. A nightmare, for sure.Published 7 days ago by Polly
This is a copy/paste from my Goodreads review
After reading Elizabeth Smart's recently published My Story, I wanted to know more and found this perspective of the kidnapping... Read more
I read it in one day. The book kept my interest and it showed how parents dealt with the situation and still kept the family together.Published 18 days ago by Pam S. Coombs
It is exactly what they say: a journal of faith and hope. It is good to prove that families can get stronger by trusting in that higher power and doing all what we can.Published 23 days ago by Helena
This book was such a hard topic but very informative. I wasn't expecting that. Lots of information on what to do if ever in the same situation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. LADELFA
I thought the book was well written. Great story! They are an incredible family with lots of faith. I also loved Elizabeth's account of her experience.Published 2 months ago by Janet Palmer
I ordered this book when I learned Elizabeth Smart was going to be speaking at a local event. What an amazing story of a family's faith when dealing with a horrendous kidnapping.Published 2 months ago by Barbara Bogard
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by JoAnne