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My Story | 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 crimeOn 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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Manda-BS
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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My goodness this poor child. The message this book expresses is so strong. To rise up from this evil is amazing. Some people are awful. Truly a great survival story and amazing point of view.

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

At the end of the day, God is our ultimate judge. He will make up to you every pain and loss that you have suffered. And if it turns out that these wicked people are not punished here on Earth, it doesn‘t matter. His punishments are just. You don‘t ever have to worry. You don‘t ever have to think about them again. Page 286

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

What this man has done is terrible. There aren‘t any words that are strong enough to describe how wicked and evil he is! He has taken nine months of your life that you will never get back again. But the best punishment you could ever give him is to be happy. To move foreword with your life. To do exactly what you want. Page 285-286

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

My mother always taught me that we needed to finish everything on our plates before we left the table. But I have to say that I am grateful for those people who threw away their food. Their scraps helped to sustain me for many months. Page 208

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

I am alive, but I‘m not living. Page 170

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

So why did God send me the water? Because He loved me. And He wanted me to know. He wanted me to know that He was still near. He wanted me to know that He controlled the Earth and all the heavens, that all things were in His hands. And if He could move the mountains, then he could do this thing for me. To Him it was a small thing-a terribly easy thing to do- but for me it was powerful as if He had parted the sea. Pg 132

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

When he talked of God, it was the creepiest thing you can imagine; the words of God coming from the face of the devil. It was the scariest thing I had ever seen. Pg 87

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

I don‘t know what it was that drive so many people to try to help me. It‘s beyond my ability to comprehend why so many good people were willing to work and to sacrifice for me, a little girl they didn‘t even know. All I know is that I am more grateful than words can express. And to this day I remain the luckiest girl in the world. Pg 67

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

Knowing him and his background is like learning about the devil. Page 11

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Yesmynameistable
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

We can choose to be taken by evil. Or we can try to embrace the good. Page 10

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Victoriahoperose
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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This was such a hard book to read. Elizabeth Smart‘s experience is so disturbing and sad. It is very inspirational to hear her story and witness second hand her perseverance, strength and faith.

OnlyYoo Have you seen her Hulu documentary? I cried at the end 6mo
Victoriahoperose @OnlyYoo I didn‘t but definitely going to watch it. What is the name of it? 6mo
OnlyYoo I am Elizabeth smart 6mo
Victoriahoperose @OnlyYoo thank you! I‘m going to watch it now!! 6mo
OnlyYoo Yay lmk what you thought! 6mo
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Emma_Ryane_8
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I loved this book so much it is a little mature for younger kids but I did read it at 13 but I was/am weird and I really love true crime and pepoles life expectancies that they go through that we don‘t so I recommend this book

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seglitis
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Starting this one today... Kicking off the New Year with some of my older TBRs

seglitis Update: Finished! Powerful, heart wrenching story. What a book.this woman is amazing. It certainly pulled at my heart strings... 😥 11mo
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DrHodgdon
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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I recommend, if you can, to listen to this on audiobook. There‘s something very powerful in hearing the story straight from the survivor and Ms. Smart is an amazing narrator.

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KYutzy4
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Today's goal, actually finish one of these books! There's a reason I don't start more than one. 🤦

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Cortg
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The writing was basic and the story was a bit repetitive but she‘s very brave to get through what she did and tell the world about it. She has such an optimistic view on life! And she did cause a flow of tears as I was driving up the NJ turnpike!

rather_be_reading this has been on my list for a while 1y
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GypsyKat
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Wow. What an incredibly strong young woman! I‘ve seen a few reviews call this book repetitive and simplistic. But I think that was the point. She was just a little girl at the time of her horrific ordeal, and it‘s told from that perspective. He rapes, and abuse, and hunger, and being held captive were repetitive. The way this was told certainly drove that point home for me. Her faith gave her strength to survive, and her family helped her recover.

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GypsyKat
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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I did some #AudioGardening today. 🌸💗

Leftcoastzen Very pretty! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I love audiogardening. ❤️ These are gorgeous. 2y
TheBookKeepers Omg audio gardening?! Totally doing this!!! I‘m always looking for new tasks to do while listening to audios and I haven‘t thought of that one!! We just bought a house that has some lovely flower beds that need a little TLC. I‘ve never been the best gardener BUT I‘m going to try and keep these flowers alive lol! 2y
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GypsyKat @TheBookKeepers I‘m not the best gardener either, but there‘s always Google and the people at garden centers are usually pretty helpful. 😊 2y
TheBookKeepers Well this looks lovely!!! 2y
GypsyKat @TheBookKeepers Thank you! 💗 2y
maich Beautiful🌺 2y
GypsyKat @maich Thank you! 💗 2y
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GypsyKat
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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I‘m doing some #AudioBaking today. I know it‘s an odd choice, but I‘ve found that this book is just too heavy for me to listen to without doing something else to ground me (if that makes any sense). I‘m making chocolate chip brownies for a family BBQ at my parents house later. I hope you‘re all have a safe Memorial Day weekend! 🎧🍫🇺🇸

AmyG Yum. And yes....this is a very heavy book. 2y
tracey38 Oh yum, looks good! 2y
SilversReviews I always do other things when I listen to a book. :) 2y
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GypsyKat
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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I‘ve been hesitant to start this one like I always am to start books with possible triggers, but I‘m starting it now. The very fact that Elizabeth Smart was brave enough to write this, I can certainly be brave enough to read it. 💜

AmyG I read this. Her strength is amazing. I am guessing because of her faith...and who she is. 2y
GypsyKat @AmyG ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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swishandflick
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Mehso-so

I can't begin to imagine what Elizabeth went through, it's truly horrifying and I admire her strength! (Even if I can't understand her logic behind not needing professional therapy). But that aside, the writing just felt too juvenile and rudimentary to rate this a solid pick. The structure is also repetitive, she uses the same simple words and phrases over and over. I think her memoir would have benefited greatly from a more seasoned ghost writer.

EKonrad Definitely agree with your review! 👍🏼 2y
JaclynW I completely agree! 2y
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swishandflick
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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I've been trying to find a new true crime audiobook to pique my interest while I wait on holds and I've started and stopped several that I wasn't loving. I've got my eye on these four - anyone read them? Help!

#audiobooks #libby #truecrime

ReviewsbytheMrs The Elizabeth Short book seems interesting! 2y
ReviewsbytheMrs I mean Smart 😉 2y
britt_brooke The Elizabeth Smart book is good. I read it when it came out (and I lived in Salt Lake City where much of the story takes place). It was doubly interesting to me because I knew a lot of the areas mentioned. It‘s a tough read but worth it. 2y
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elisebarker
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I don‘t know what Litten I stacked this from, but I‘m glad I did! I cannot believe what this woman went through and her resilience. The one thing that bothered me about her story was that she didn‘t attend any sort of counseling. I know she says she did it her own way through riding horses and music (which I love!), but as a social worker I feel like she could have benefited from trauma therapy. Stil, a great read/listen!

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SassyBookworm
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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This book was truly eye opening as to what this poor innocent girl at 14 had to deal with. I remember hearing all about her story as I was a high school senior at the time. But to hear her first hand account was heart wrenching. You can clearly see how her deep seeded faith got her through this truly horrible experience.

#SassyBookworm 😏

LeslieO I remember that I was driving somewhere when I heard that she had been found and I burst into tears. 2y
SassyBookworm @LeslieO I recently watched the documentary on tv and it‘s truly an amazing story! Terrible but amazing that she lived through it! (edited) 2y
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MoniqueReads305
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Bailedbailed

I feel bad for bailing on this one but I couldn't finish it. Knowing what I know about her story, I was interested to hear her reflections on her kidnapping and the events that happen after.

I didn't like Elizabeth Smart's narration and the religious element was heavy. I could finish listening to it and I won't try to read the book form.

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kelseynicburke
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Doing some listening on the way to work. It‘s a #12to10 not a #9to5, but close enough 🚇 #FierceFeb @Cinfhen @batsy

batsy Have a good day at work! (That sounds like a fascinating if harrowing read...) 2y
SassyBookworm Ohh this book just checked out on my #libby app!!! I can‘t wait! I got the audiobook too!! I remember when she was taken & how amazing it was that she made it home. (edited) 2y
kelseynicburke @Chrysta23 I don‘t remember it happening because I was only 8 at the time and I‘m not from the US but the story is terrifying 😐 2y
AmyG She is an amazing young woman. 2y
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Clwojick
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Book 1/60 completed for my #mountTBR #MountKilimanjaro challenge. I have had this book on my shelf for about 6 months, so I decided it was time to read it. I quite enjoyed it. I went between reading the physical book, and listening to the audiobook. I preferred the audiobook, as it was read by the author. ❤️ #definiterecommend

AmyG I read this. She is one strong, amazing woman. 2y
Clwojick @AmyG No kidding! It was interesting to hear her thoughts throughout the whole situation, and how she never lost faith or hope even though she was only 14 years old. 2y
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EKonrad
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Of course her story of surviving her kidnapping is inspiring. But, I was disappointed that the book didn‘t go at all into how she reoriented back to normal life after enduring something so terrifying. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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littledid.she.know
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Garage Sale Finds!!! Also my husband got a ladder so we an access the attic in our new house so #win! 🙌🏼

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BookNerd1975
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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I can't even begin to imagine the terror Elizabeth Smart felt during this ordeal. Her strength and resilience is an example for us all.

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britt_brooke
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I didn't live in SLC when this happened, but I lived there when the book was released and I read it immediately. It's bizarre reading about such a crime and knowing the specific places and proximity. This is a good, but tough, read. #recommendsday

Seshat I know what you mean. I read Dead Man Walking and my great aunt taught one of the victims. 3y
britt_brooke @Seshat Crazy!! Even though you know it happened, having some sort of connection really emphasizes the reality. 3y
badnorthern I admire Elizabeth Smart so much for all the work she's done since her abduction 3y
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britt_brooke @badnorthern She seems like an amazing person! 3y
L_auren Looks good! Is this heavy on religion? 3y
EKonrad Have always been so impressed by her. Have this one on the shelf but not sure if it's too trigger heavy for me now. 😬 3y
britt_brooke @L_auren She was LDS, so that's discussed, and the kidnappers tried to use religion brainwash her, but i can't remember specifics. If you want something heavy on LDS, I can definitely recommend a few things. 3y
britt_brooke @Ekonrad It's definitely a difficult read. 3y
L_auren @britt_brooke thanks! Nope; the opposite. Would love to hear her story. Not interested in a lot of god talk (but it would make sense if she included it of course) 3y
britt_brooke @L_auren Gotcha. 😉 I'm not interested in god talk either, just obscure/bizarre religions. 3y
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ElizabethAndino
My Story | Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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So glad I listened to the audio of Elizabeth Smart reading her own story. I enjoyed and appreciated her often sardonic tone. The last chapter made me cry all the away home from work.

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catatonic1242
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Compelling read. Well-edited, this is a thorough recounting of what Smart endured and HOW she endured it. Obviously God-centric, but never preachy, it left me with the impression of a smart, resourceful, resilient teenager who turned into a remarkable adult.