Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren J by Elissa Wall

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and…

byElissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer

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“Both creepy…and quite moving.”
New York Times Book Review

“Wall’s story couldn’t be more timely.”

Stolen Innocence is the gripping New York Times bestselling memoir of Elissa Wall, the courageous former member of Utah’s infamous FLDS polygamist sect whose powerful courtroom testimony helped convict controversial sect leader Warren Jeffs in September 2007. At once shocking, heartbreaking, and inspiring, Wall’s story of subjugation and survival exposes the darkness at the root of this rebel offshoot of the Mormon faith.

Title:Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 13, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061752843

ISBN - 13:9780061752841


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This is a book that once you start its hard to put down. Its mind blowing to know such a thing like this is going on, its crazy to think that Warren Jeff's is still able to control so many people from jail.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating and yet disturbing This book was the one of the first I ordered about Polygamy in Utah. It's written from the perspective of a young, naive girl who was forced into a teen marriage with a young cousin who brutalized her and then she had to face Warren Jeff and his crowd. Her steadfast bravery is admirable and she played a key role in bringing this monster to justice. If you're at all curious or interested about the polygamy that goes on to this very day, please read this book. It's a page turner.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Such an interesting true story of author Elissa who was born into this antifeminist community and after much struggle she begins to fight for her happy ending.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow... Heartbreaking what this girl went through. I just shake my head in dis-belief at these kinds of stories - poor kids don't have a choice. I am so happy she got out and started a new life for herself but I can imagine will be scarred forever from some of her experiences in he younger life.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a star a amazing book heartfelt telling by a brave woman show u can break free from the restraints of cult groups
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen Innocence Loved the book. Very interesting and thought provoking. I learned a lot about a very different culture.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! I am only half way through this book and I am hooked! I am not a reader by any means but when a friend suggested I buy it I took a chance and am glad I did. Any one who finds the story about warren jeffs and his "community" interesting needs to read this book. It will shock you in ways you can't imagine. 
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brainwashing This is another telling of people brainwashing others in the name of religion or power. How Dad that humans do this to other humans. How sad that as parents, the brainwashing put their children in danger. Kudos to the author for her struggles to combat that brainwashing and break free. Great writing that builds the mind control used on the people within the inner circle of the FLDS. The mantra should no longer be 'be sweet' but 'be strong '!
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brainwashing Stolen Innocence was the kind of book I did not want to put down once I started reading. It gave great insight into how far extremists are willing to go to keep control over people.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mrs. This is a great book of the struggles this one girl went through. I feel for all the young girls and women trapped in this cult.
Date published: 2013-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome look at the church and what happens This book was one ever the best I've read lately. Elissa's story is remarkable and outstandingly written. I really got a sense of what it's like to grow up in that church and not just a normals group
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen innocence Love the book :-)
Date published: 2013-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Astonishing Account The true story account of a former member of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) has left me in shock and bewilderment. I was shocked to discover that the practice of polygamy in the name of “freedom of religion” is really a disguise for child molestation. I was bewildered to discover that although there are laws against these acts in the USA and in Canada; that somehow the authorities are either looking the other way or condoning these atrocities by their inaction. The women and children in Bountiful, BC and in part of Utah, Arizona and Texas are being controlled, abused and have few or no options when it comes to choices regarding marriage, childbearing and then once they have children, over their children’s lives. It is disturbing to me that although their prophet, Warren Jeffs, is now in prison for the rest of his life, he continues to maintain the role of prophet in their minds. He has no authority whatsoever and should be given no ability to continue to communicate with his followers. Anyhow, I can’t control what happens in the US, but I can make a difference here in Canada and I would like to challenge our politicians to speak up for those who have no voice; for the young women who are in bondage to selfish, immoral men who have determined that they can violate minors in the name of religion.
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I loved this book. Had a hard time putting it down and getting other things done.
Date published: 2010-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable I cannot comprehend that this is still going on in our world. This story told by and incredibly strong young woman blew me away. It is so outrageous that you cannot believe that this is a true story at times. I was so sympathetic towards Elissa throughout the entire book, and by the end you are just so proud of her for standing up for what is right!
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read After reading this book, I felt that this is a Must Read in all Police, Social Service and all places that have social workers. In reading this and in having traveled thorough some of the counties that Elissa named I relized I have probable seen some of the sect and not even relized. I feel also that if all the people I have listed above read this they would have a much better understanding and may be able to assit the people that wish to leave. We must admit that it is easier to live with what we know than what we do not know. This is most true when you have no money, place to go or any one to go to. It took a lot of courage and sacrifice on Elissa part to break free of the FLDS and then to go on a right a book. I wish her well on her journeys into the future.
Date published: 2009-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very moving I came away from reading this with a lot of sadness (for the oft-times cruel treatment of not just girls, but boys, men and women in the FLDS), with anger (at the hypocrisy of the abuse allowed to happen right here in Canada and the US while we bemoan what is happening in the middle East) and curiosity about what has happened in Elissa's life as well as her mother's and siblings, since the conclusion of the book (which wrapped up around the time with the conviction of Warren Jeffs and the Yearning for Zion Ranch affair in Texas). For anyone interested in contemporary Canadian history (published 2009), this is a must-read.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's like a cult! I'm not saying that the mormon reigion is a cult, all I am saying is that the FLDS sounds close to what I consider a cult to be. The women are seen as property instead of people, and no one is supposed to talk to people on the "outside." They are actually told we are evil and will be going to hell instead of heaven. I'm serious! Stolen Innocence is about Elissa Wall and her life in the FLDS and then her journey to get out. Her life was good until she was forced to leave her father because her mother had told the "prophet" that her and her children were not being treated fairly by her husband and his two other wives. The FLDS is a polygamus sect. They are because God told the prophet they should be. By now you can see that the prophet is apparently all knowing. He's like God's right hand man. Elissa's life only becomes worse when her mom again complains abut her husband and is made to move out forever. Eventually her mother marries Fred Jessop. See, if you get taken away from your husband, your kids aren't allowed to have anything to do with him and neither are you. He is no longer there father. The next thing Elissa knows is she is to marry her first cousin, at the age of fourteen! Elissa's memoir is unlike anything I have read before. The things Warren Jeffs does and says are completely out there. I consider this book a must read for everyone and anyone. It is sad, yet somehow inspiring!
Date published: 2009-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting (spoilers) Elissa Wall shares her story of polygamy, the FLDS and her underage marriage to her first cousin, Allen Steed. It was a interesting read, difficult at times and if not already aware of LDS terminology I think I would have been extremely confused when she was talking about the prophet, temple, and book of Mormon. I've grown up in a LDS community and the terminology and belief system is essentially the same, they believe in one true prophet, Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon. If you have seen Elissa Wall speak on Oprah, you really learn nothing new in this book, which was a bit of a disappointment actually. I would recommend it, but not to younger readers (16+) because it does go into to some detail about her marriage relationship with Allen and the babies she lost. Its amazing that Elissa was able to escape the world that she grew up in, because as she said it was all she knew and although it was difficult, when she was a child she never wanted anything else. She is a very brave and strong woman and I hope she is living a better, happier, healthier life. Far away from polygamy and FLDS.
Date published: 2009-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing How She Made It Was a good book and definitely gave you a perception that we could never understand in that kind of religious idea. I do feel sorry for Elissa, and how she was treated and to be in those situations at such a young age. She's even around my age and to go through all had to grow up too fast. =( Must read if you like true stories! It's up with "A Child Called It" by David Pelzer
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable This is a life changing story about one girl's struggle to do what is right. This story gets up close and personal to the usually private life of a family in a FLDS community. Reading this story that takes place not even a year ago is a shock to the system when you think of everything that Elissa goes through. The emotions that this true to life story brings out of the reader is unbelievably diverse, one minute you feel so happy for Elissa and the next the minute you're angry at the people around her that are supposed to be protecting her. This is a great book but, the fact that is a true story is highly disturbing and at the same time rewarding because of the happy ending.
Date published: 2009-03-13