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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.
First hand insight into a culture which has aroused the curiosity of many.A courageous account that I couldn't put down. Heart breaking and inspirational at the same time!Published 5 days ago by Elizabeth Bourn
Interesting to read the unbelievable things that the FLDS gets away with and the control they have over not just women but also the men, tearing families apart.Published 5 days ago by RITA BROOKS
This book gave good insite on how the people in these cults are brainwashed. It is easy after reading it to see how easy it is for these evil cults to control people and to keep... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Renae Bartholomew
This is a very good book. It's unbelievable how people can be brainwashed. And how can parents let such things happen to their children? Do they have no feelings? Read morePublished 11 days ago by Monica Ausmer
Ms. Wall's book is mesmerizing and, unfortunately, it is nonfiction! It will make the reader furious that the states of Arizona, Utah and Texas allow this abusive cult to continue... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Winnie Leathers
I read this book because I was really interested in how this religion worked was craziness they were meant to believe. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amanda Perry
Although it is hard to read such a devastating book about a young girl's life, it opened my eyes to a suffering I was generally unaware of. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kelley
True story - well told. I think she was very objective throughout when I know she felt so much more emotion throughout this event. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Marion Harmon
This is quite a story of a girl who grew up in Warren Jeff's polygamous sect, was married at 14 against her will, and finally brought her abusers to justice. Read morePublished 16 days ago by CindyC