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In this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, tells her inspirational story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.
Detailing how Jeffs's influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set which forced her to wed her first cousin at age fourteen, pressured her to follow Jeffs's directives, and, once she married, encouraged her to submit to her husband in "mind, body, and soul." For over three years she suffered at the hands of her husband, until one snowy night when a chance encounter with a stranger set in motion a friendship that eventually gave her the strength to break free of the church and come forward against Jeffs, so that girls still inside might be spared her cruel fate.
More than a tale of survival and freedom, Stolen Innocence is the story of one heroic woman who stood up for what was right and reclaimed her life.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Well written and describes with sincerity the results of fundamentalist religions, that create nothing but intolerance and pain. What was stolen could never be given back!Published 7 days ago by Mario Mangion
Very interesting and insightful book about the life of this polygamist sect in the USA - would definitely recommend to readPublished 12 days ago by Mrs A S Roedy
Honest and heart breaking! She's an inspiration to many, yet her bravery told the world the truth about the flds and warren jeffsPublished 15 days ago by sarah carey
Very well written. I admired the author's courage in fighting against this horrible practice.Published 16 days ago by Diane Burkard
Very good book. Well written. Pretty detailed. It's just so hard to believe these things happened to someone so young and that not one adult took action while this abuse was... Read morePublished 22 days ago by aarm
I know Elissa can't save every girl with her bravery in writing her truth, but I know this book will make a difference. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cher Simodi
Informative about life in this culture. Showed contrast of living a different lifestyle. Showed courage of this woman to leave the culture she was raised in once she understood... Read morePublished 25 days ago by khm
This is a heartfelt book about Elissa Wall's escape from the FLDS. I admire her courage in sharing her story. Must read!Published 1 month ago by Monique