My Story

My Story

Hardcover | October 7, 2013

byElizabeth A. Smart, Chris Stewart

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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 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...

ELIZABETH ANN SMART is an American activist and president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. She first gained widespread attention at age fourteen when she was kidnapped from her home and rescued nine months later.CHRIS STEWART is a former U. S. Air Force pilot assigned to fly the SR-71 Blackbird and B-1 bomber. He is the author of bo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.61 × 6.46 × 1.1 inPublished:October 7, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AbsolutelyTerrifying! Story Description: St. Martin’s Press|October 7, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-250-04015-2 For the first time, then 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 June5, 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. My Review: When Elizabeth Smart was just fourteen-years-old she was taken at knife-point from her bed in the middle of the night by Brian David Mitchell. Mitchell was an evil, religious fanatic, pedophile who thought he was a prophet and that he was doing God’s work. Even as a teenager he was convicted for pedophilia after exposing himself to a child. He attended Mormon churches just long enough to get the language down in order to fool people while preaching and conducting sermons. He made threats of violence to his own family and married his current wife, Wanda Barzee the same day his divorce from his second wife came through. Wanda Barzee was as crazy, disturbed, manipulative, and depraved as Mitchell. She gave up all parental rights to her six children in order to marry Mitchell. Mitchell believed he had been chosen by God. Mitchell’s own mother was so frightened of him that she took out a restraining order against him. All Mitchell was interested in was pedophilia, drugs, alcohol, and pornography. He called himself the Prophet Immanuel David Isiah. June 4, 2002 was the night Mitchell cut a screen in a window and gained access to the Smart’s home. In total darkness he fumbled his way up the stairs and found Elizabeth’s room. Upon awakening her, he held an eight-inch serrated edged knife up to her throat and told her: “Don’t make a sound. Get out of bed, or I’ll kill you and your family.” Elizabeth was frightened, her heart began to race and she fought the urge to scream for fear he would kill her family if he hadn’t already. The words “I will kill your family” kept echoing in her ears and she had no doubt that he would carry through on his threat. Mitchell walked Elizabeth up the mountain behind her home in the pitch black night to a camp he had readied and where Wanda Barzee waited. From that first day, Elizabeth’s descent into hell began. She was raped every single day and subjected to perverted acts that we don’t even want to think about or imagine. She was chained around the ankle with the other end tethered to a tree. She could only move about twenty feet in any direction. Although this was a terrifying and horrifying ordeal for someone her age to go through, Elizabeth had made up her mind that somehow she would survive. She was not going to allow Mitchell and Barzee to drag her down. Elizabeth had days where she cried and cried and cried as it was the only way she could relieve the immense pressure of the stress she was under, but with his usual controlling ways, Mitchell told her she wasn’t allowed to cry anymore. The one thing however, he could not take away from her was her conversations with God. She prayed regularly and knew and felt that God was with her every step of the way. MY STORY, written ten years after her ordeal reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal and utterly horrifying crime.
Date published: 2013-10-21
Rated out of 5 by from I am really looking forward to reading Elizabeth Smarts Biography
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Retired Absolutely excellent book. Elizabeth is a remarkable woman. To have gone through what she endured and seemingly landed on her feet and is genuinely happy again...I admire her. She deserves all the love and happiness she can get. Best book I've read in quite some time.
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! It saddens me to know end that horrific events such as the one Elizabeth experienced occur in the world. She is a survivor and she is truly a beautiful soul.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Story - Elizabeth Smart I am so happy for Elizabeth and do appreciate her writing this book. Thank you.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elizabeth Smart A remarkable story of survival and love of life.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elizabeth Smart A remarkable story of survival and love of life.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Very brave and courageous woman! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Book was very well written
Date published: 2013-10-12
Rated out of 5 by from I am really looking forward to reading Elizabeth Smarts Biography
Date published: 2013-03-09

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Editorial Reviews

"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