Stolen Innocence [NOOK Book]

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In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths that Jeffs went to in order to control the women in it. Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells her ...

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Overview

In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths that Jeffs went to in order to control the women in it. Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells her incredible and inspirational story of her time in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), detailing how she emerged from its confines to help bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061752841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 12,260
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Elissa Wall is a former member of the FLDS church who was forced into marriage at age fourteen. She left the FLDS at age eighteen and she currently resides with her two children and her husband, Lamont.


Lisa Pulitzer is a former correspondent for the New York Times andcoauthor of more than a dozen nonfiction titles, including the New York Times bestsellers Stolen Innocence, Imperfect Justice, and Mob Daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2008

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    AMAZING STORY

    From the moment I opened the front cover I was pulled into a story of strength and very real trauma that Elissa was subjected to in her childhood. Elissa's account of her life makes your heart ache for her, and makes you feel as if you were right there with her but like many other people in the story unable to help her and you are left feeling as desperate as she did. The strength and survival instinct Elissa displayed is amazing. I encourage anyone to read this book, there are lessons for every man and woman. Elissa is a role model of what can be achieved when you are trusting of the process and are not willing to be defeated! A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book go to MJ Fund , a fund designed to help other people in the situation. That alone is a great reason to purchase this book. God bless you Elissa, and thank you for filling my heart and showing women not to back down and be defeated.

    32 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    captivating and many layered

    This is a brave book. It is well written and I had to read it all right away - late night! I also wanted to talk about the ideas with others. This would be a good choice for a book group.
    I'm so glad Elisa was brave to go to trial and brave to write a book. She had a painful childhood. Her story shows how a tradition with some nourishing elements went very very bad under the autocratic rule of a bad man. Truth is stranger than fiction. Some very weird stuff happens in Southern Utah.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    An absorbing, penetrating, often shocking look at real life in a polygamous sect.

    Elissa Wall writes an eye opening, often shocking account of what it was like to be raised in a polygamous household where young girls are groomed to be teen aged brides in marriages arranged by the church leaders who exercise absolute control over the lives of their members. She relates how she escaped from the sect and today lives with her husband and children. We also learn of her heartbreak at the separation from other members of her family who are still in the sect. She includes details of the arrest and trial of Warren Jeffs, and her ongoing fight for the rights of young girls still in the sect, including two younger sisters.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    could not put it down!

    The story was incredibly riveting. I could not put the book down. Great story of survival.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Interesting!

    I found this book to be a very interesting look at the polygamist way of life. I wonder how many other women and young girls have this same story to tell. I feel sorry for these women.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    Good read

    Very touching and insperational

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    highly recommend

    gives real insight into the polygamist lifestyle.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    This is a must read

    I just finished this book and it was great. I felt every ounce of pain that Elissa was dealing with. I was hoping that her brothers and sisters would be able to help their mother and two youngest siblings. It was very unfortunate that her husband Allen had no official charges brought against him. Elissa displayed such strength and courage. I am glad that she is happily married and was able to have two successful pregnancies.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    must read

    I was totally absorbed by this book. It just makes one wonder how so many people can be taken in by a "Prophet". How the innocent can be duped and led down a path that just isn't right. I was happy to see that Elissa and her sisters were strong enough to pull away from this religious control. I'm sorry that their mother and younger sisters are lost in the control of the church and not allowed to be a part of Elissa and her sister lives. Taking the stand against Warren and putting him where he truly belongs was a truly brave thing. Kudos to Elissa Wall

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Cant put it down

    This book kept my interest it was hard to put it down

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

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    Like a prisoner sentenced to a life of hard-labor, Elissa tells

    Like a prisoner sentenced to a life of hard-labor, Elissa tells how no one came to her rescue as she was trapped in this loveless marriage. No one. Not her mother, not her father, not her step-father. Nobody. Everyone was afraid of going against this Hitler-like tyrant, Warren Jeffs. Ms. Wall even states how he was like a god to them because this was all they were taught to believe. And that is probably what is fundamentally wrong with this cult. Because no one was ever allowed to think for themselves. Free-thought was not just frowned upon, it was reason enough to be expelled from this group. Thrown out like garbage. But why would anyone want to stay?  Ms. Wall also explains with great triumph how she found real love and how, over time, she got away. Some of this portion of the book was very bittersweet and heartbreaking, though. Because Elissa was vilified by her soon-to-be-former cult. Elissa's rapist husband went running to Warren Jeffs when he couldn't control her any longer. Can you believe that Warren Jeffs actually blamed her again and even said that she should sacrifice her body (a human sacrifice?) Because of so much real degradation and oppression, the truth inside this book really is stranger than fiction.  When Elissa was pregnant with her baby she left the FLDS and shortly afterwards was encouraged by her sisters who had also left the FLDS to file a suit against Allan, Warren Jeffs, and the FLDS which is detailed in the book.  It's just so hard to believe these things happened to someone so young and that not one adult took action while this abuse was happening. I guess that's what happens when you are that brainwashed.  She took her pain and did something so positive with it. God Bless you Elissa and all the other victims that are brain washed to accept true evil as a way of life. I believe in freedom of religion. What I just read was not religion. It was organized pedophiles. Every single person that is a member allowing this to happen is just as guilty as "Uncle Warren" Putting yourself before your innocent children is something I personally don't understand. I would die for my children's protection. Regardless of anything. Elissa's courage saved her life. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Most boring book I have read in a very long time

    I can barely keep my eyes open reading this and it doesnt improve the further you read on. I read Carolyn Jessop's book about her experience with polygamy (I cant remember what its called but i think i found it in the Barnes and Noble top 100 list ) and it was so much more interesting, more well written and much more entertaining. I read all the time, and am not typically picky. This book is truly SO boring and slow and seemingly pointless. I only gave it one star because it wont let me give zero. Total waste of time and money.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    sad

    poorly writen. Sad story but hard to read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Interesting

    I really enjoyed this book, had a hard time putting it down as I wanted to know what happened to her. Interesting look into another way of life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    A powerful book by a very brave girl.

    I can only imagine how difficult it was for Elissa Wall to put into writing her shocking true life experiences in the FLDS church, her forced marriage at age 14, and her ultimate escape from the only life she knew. The courage she had not only to account in detail the horrors she suffered at the hands of this sect, but also to ultimately bring criminal charges against self-proclaimed prophet Warren Jeffs, is remarkable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Amazing

    I stayed up all night reading this book mainly because I could not believe what I was reading. I did not know how extreme the FDLS Church had become and how similar it is to the Taliban. I really sympathised with Alisa Wall and I want to meet her some day. I was also amazed and inspired by her strenth and character.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    It was ok

    It was ok if you just have to know. Lots of repeating in it. Lost interest haven't finished it yet.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Infuriating

    Though an interesting story, it is painfully obvious that the writer has had a poor education. At times thus makes Elissa's story endearing, at others, her story is dull and redundant. (I had to skim pages just to force my way through) Her pain and suffering could easily be edited into a much more compact tale with a few more adjectives. I will say it is interesting to hear her simplistic perspective on the flds and its philosophies.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    A whine festival with no cheese.

    While I feel for the girl and what she went through, the book is amazingly whining and redundant. Continually having to tell the reader that she was trying to obey and be sweet should not be necessary every other line if she really was. She and her entire sibling group were set apart not out of unkindness from her flds community but it sounds like they were all challenging something or another all the time! I know of girls who have had a much harder road to travel than this Elissa, but they do not have a religion to blame it all on. Finally, stop claiming to follow God. You followed a man who thinks he is God and all you simple minds fed his insanity. I am trying to make it through this book but it is PAINFUL!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

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    Dragged on

    First off I am so thankful that Elissa got away from the FLDS lifestyle she was in and was able to tell her story. That said this book dragged on. It could havd been told in fewer words and details. The publishers should have made this book flow better. I did not enjoy reading this book. I have read Jaycee Dugards book A Stolen Life and it flowed much better. Again, I am glad these women were able to share their stories and not let their attackers get away with what they did.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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