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My Story Hardcover – October 7, 2013
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“Smart's memoir is as compelling as it is disturbing. Her stoic Mormon faith, moreover, will both inspire and mystify readers.” ―Boston Globe
“Smart speaks candidly about the shame of rape, confessing her deep fear that her Mormon family would reject her as a result of her experiences. . . . Smart is already making waves in the media.” ―New York magazine
“My Story chronicles [Elizabeth's] faith, aided by her memories of her family, and what she felt was the spiritual presence of her beloved grandfather, who had passed away just days before she was kidnapped. Realizing that her family would love her, no matter what her captors did to her, ‘I had something still to live for.'” ―Salt Lake Tribune
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How did Elizabeth Smart survive nine months in captivity-and manage to forge a new life for herself? This is her story.
On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
"The inspirational and ultimately redemptive story of a teenage girl's descent into hell... and of the faith that fueled her determination to survive." -Kirkus Reviews
In My Story, Smart tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she convinced her captors to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.
"[The book's] power lies in the way Smart presents herself-stronger but somehow still innocent." -The New Yorker--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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She is just a young girl who lived thru a horrible ordeal (thru no fault of her own!) and came out on the other end a happy, well adjusted woman. The fact that her faith and family sustained her thru these 9 terrible months is truly inspiring!
I'm sure it took her a long time to get thru all that has happened to her, but the fact that she has is unbelievable!
For reviewers to suggest that she had opportunity to get away, or make comments about her "cashing in" is beyond comprehension. To the Smart family: Thank you for sharing your brutally honest, compelling story. Its a wonderful thing to see "Good" win out for a change.
I remember so well the feeling I felt when Ii heard on the radio driving to my curves class that Elizabeth Smart had been found and was returned to her family. I burst into tears of gratitude, I could hardly speak as I went into my class and told of the wonderful news.
Her story was told with courage and dignity.I was so touched as she told of the spiritual messages she received at her lowest times. The cup of cold water at her side.
She is a young women of great faith.
I am so happy that she has found happiness in her life. Prayers are answered and God is with us all always. Especially in our darkest
hours. Thank you for this wonderfully written book
I remember following Elizabeth Smart’s disappearance when it happened, and I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing when she was found. Her story has always fascinated me.
Reading Ms. Smart’s book, I lost hope in humanity. I only regained a semblance of hope once I read how well she is doing now, and how she is using the awful things that happened to her to help others. I just wish that no one in the world ever had to go through these types of experiences.
As depressing as Ms. Smart’s story was, I was inspired by her strength of faith and the end of the book was uplifting.
Now, excuse me while I go read something lighthearted….
This book is also deeply religious, which I expected from a book about (and written by) a young Mormon girl from SLC (who was targeted because of her faith).
Smart's story is brave and honest, though diluted with many vague references. I'm not saying she should have to give the horny details but I think for a reader's experience it would be better to say "I was forced to look at pornography" than what she said "I was forced to look at pornography with images I could never imagine, and people doing these things [more vaguery]"
I didn't read the story to know what happened to her, but to see and learn what gets a person through horror. For Smart it was her faith and neverending hope and determination to survive to see her family. Though she only said this a few times. It was more of an hour by hour account of her 9 months kidnapped, beaten, raped, and enslaved.