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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.
I enjoyed reading about this type of life style, but it is so sad that young people are required to live this way.Published 21 hours ago by Billie J. Gibson
Elissa is a very brave young woman. Her story is eye-opening. Sometimes things are not as they appear. We all have a story we want to share. I am glad I read this book.Published 2 days ago by P. Rumph
This is obviously a "hot topic". Polygamy is one of the few taboo's left in our society. This story is dark but educating. Read morePublished 5 days ago by b00kll0vr
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 12 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 12 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 17 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 17 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 18 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 19 days ago by Amanda Perry