I have been waiting for this book to appear one day and it finally did. Well.. that came out weird, now I’ve typed that out. But you know what I mean. I like seeing Elizabeth on the cover, looking all brave, grown up , survived. Yes, she survived. I can’t say one victim is far worse than her, or she went through more. This is not about comparing and competing who got it worse, this is her story.
This was a page turner, I couldn’t put it down because (I know how stupid it sounds), I don’t want to leave her alone. It brings up details we never knew. She was actually raped and brainwashed every single day during her kidnapping. Everything she did was more of protecting her family than herself, but to a point where she was living minute to minute. Reading she barely eat or drink is just too hard to read.
In this book, she tells alot of things, but she kept getting off track. It’s just hard to get into the book at the first few chapters because she kept doing that. Nevertheless, she got me back and I strived on reading it, page by page. Putting it down was hard.
As much as as inspiring her story is, her strength and faith roar across the society, lives, and no matter what your religious background is, she inspired us to believe in God, to go through the thick and the worse of things. I truly respect her for that and yes, I am glad I pick up the book, though this book needed a bit of a brusher though.
“Later, there were times when I was angry with myself for succumbing to that fear. But those with shattered souls find it very difficult to speak.”
by Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime
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.
Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them 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.
In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.
Finished Reading: 18th December 2013
Acquire: 11th October 2013
Rate } ♠♠♠♠
Genre } Non-Fiction | Young Adult | Teens | Biography
Release Day } 01th October 2013
Publisher } St. Martin’s Press
Format } Hardcover
ISBN } 9781250040152
Pages } 320 pages
Source } Bought for BND $40.00
Age Group } PG 15 yo +
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