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Hardcover, St. Martin's Press, 2013, ISBN13 9781250040152, ISBN10 1250040159
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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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Contributed by: Stewart, Chris
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2013
ISBN-13: 9781250040152
ISBN-10: 1250040159
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 308
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.75 x 1.25
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Well Written, Insightful, Gripping Story
10/17/2013

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5.0 stars 10/17/2013 by BethK6
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This is not for everyone, although I couldn't put it down. Her insights throughout her 9-month ordeal are extraordinary for a 14-year-old. Some of the psychological understandings would have come later on, but she took in and processed everything in great depth for one her age. I found it very inspiring. Her faith and understanding of God were far more advanced than they are for many adults, and her courage and ability to survive the unimaginable were a great example to me. Strong family ties were also a major factor in her survival. Some may find it difficult to re-live this ordeal and relentless exposure to evil with her, and some have been put off by the references to religion and her faith. But those were the things that helped her survive the experience, and the book would have been meaningless without them. It has been a life-changer for me, and she is one amazing human being.

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11/1/2013

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She is very intelligent woman, I'm sure it is a best seller.

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Great Inspiring Book
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In spite of all the bad things that happened to Elizabeth Smart she never lost her faith and never blamed God or asked, Why me? Her faith, a feeling of gratitude for all the good things that she had in her life, her strong family ties helped her to survive the terrible 9 months with her abductors. Her wonderful mom and her words full of wisdom helped her to move on without going through any type counseling. Amazing story of a strong young woman. Loved it and learnt from her experience.

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What a brave young woman!

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