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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.
If you are looking for a book that reveals the inside workings of the fundamentalist polygamy practicing LDS sect written by a close relative of one of their more current prophets,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Grandma6
It is about child abuse by the Fundamental Mormon church. Plain and clear. She survived it and made a life outside the church - Hooray!Published 4 days ago by Laura P.
I found it inspiring that this child had the strength to overcome abuse and is thriving in her life. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Carolyn
Have always been curious about what goes on, and went on in the FDLS community, and it was eye-opening, sad but interesting. I would recommend it!Published 16 days ago by Mieke R
Stolen Innocence is a 3.5 star book, I rounded up because the tragic story needs to be told, I do not want a three star rating to prevent anyone from reading this account. Read morePublished 22 days ago by chrystine collins-blums
Very good book. Well-written story and I think it's true. I definitely recommend it as a very good, worthwhile read.Published 24 days ago by VTShell
Great book. What a brave woman you are. Thank you for publishing your story. I hope it helps to open the eyes of othersPublished 29 days ago by Cbm
A very good read. I saw the trial on TV and remember being rendered speechless that the women of that community didn't know what was happening was wrong. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lauryn Tubesing
I had some knowledge of the FLDS religion, but this book really shoes the true events that have taken place. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelml4