My Story

My Story

Book - 2013
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"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. Shehas 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781250040152
Branch Call Number: 92 SMAR
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Stewart, Chris 1960-


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Oct 29, 2018

This story is haunting. So glad and amazed that she was found. The writing is not great in this book but the story is an important one.

Mar 12, 2018

Read this a few months ago. It was riveting, shocking, horrifying. Every parent's nightmare, every child's nightmare.
I still think of this story now and then. To me the very best part of it is Elizabeth's mother simply telling her to live her life; to be happy. And then she did.

It's so easy to root for Elizabeth. She's not a survivor, she a heroine.

Jan 17, 2018

Elizabeth has been very brave in this story of her life. The nightmare of her abduction could have destroyed her future but she overcame and survived. Her faith is what helped in the ordeal of all those months. She almost lost hope when they moved to another state. But she was clever to trick them to go back where her home was. I enjoyed this wonderful true story. I wish her the best in her future.

May 10, 2017

Wow! I can't believe a 14 year old girl went though all of that. I would imagine someone who had gone though all of that would be depressed. It's interesting that the night she returned home she slept in her own bed......... I would probably go into my parents room plus I would want to assure my parents I was safe.

Jan 24, 2017

This book is extremely boring, not well written at all. I also found some parts of the story difficult to believe.

Jan 11, 2017

I am so glad that I read this book. I remember hearing about her kidnapping when I was youger, but it was so interesting hearing about everything from her perspective. I cannot imagine going through what she had to go through, she is such a strong person to be able to go through all that horror and still be able to have a normal life afterwards. She is an inspiration to everyone to be able to get back up on her feet after all of those troubled times.

Jul 26, 2016

The book is poorly written and does not go into great detail. The story is intriguing, but you can learn just as much by watching a documentary on Youtube. Save yourself a few hours.

Jan 15, 2015

Strong and encouraging book! Tastefully written. You get to see deeper into the Smart kidnapping and see how she was almost recused times before. Can't recommend this book enough! The message in the book changes your perspective on your personal life. She is never once hateful or negative.

Aug 29, 2014

A strong story from a very courageous woman who suffered the worst nightmare any one can imagine. What is infuriating is that Smart could have been rescued months earlier when she and her kidnappers showed up at the Salt Lake City central library and the police could not read through Brian David Mitchell's evasiveness. In the end, it was Smart's decision to go against her principles and manipulate her tormentors into going from California and back to Utah that proved to save her life and led to her rescue. The blunt conclusion is never to trust or to help strangers under any circumstances, for it was the family's previous generosity to one - Mitchell - that backfired in their faces horribly. And that police need to turn on their BS meter. They're as responsible for Smart's continued torture as Mitchell is. Bottom line is that she's a hero who refused to cave in.

bandblair Jun 07, 2014

The writing is not great, but the story is really interesting. She was fearful and strong at the same time.

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Jan 15, 2015

As of this writing, I am twenty-five years old. I have been alive for 307 months. Nine of those months were pretty terrible. But 298 of those months have been very good. I have been happy. I have been very blessed. Who knows how many more months I have to live? But even if I died tomorrow, nine out of 307 seems like pretty good odds. Looking at it that way, I don't think I have much to complain about.


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