My Story

My Story

by Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book full about the man who took Elizabeth Smart, you will not find it here. This is an amazing story told with an honesty that took me as a reader by surprise. It is not a sanitized or sugar coated version of events. Although Smart doesn't  pull any punches it is not gratuitous either. As a resident of Salt Lake City I distinctly remember these events, especially since I had a sister Smart's age I took them quite personally. I even went out and searched for her. I remember feeling that wonderful amazement when she was found. Since then I have always had a concern for her, and I think that this book more than anything else shows how wonderfully she's come through this ordeal. That is the overarching message of this book. It's the wonder of Elizabeth Smart's perseverance. Quite honestly it's a miracle that she would even be functioning with what she's put through, but you get a sense of her deep strength, the source of that strength and that's what makes this book so tremendous.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know, some people are just disgusting. To judge her story on her writing skills or how much money she made is just wrong. Maybe its not wrote or worded the best. She's not an author. And I bet you she would have wrote the book without making any money at all. The point is, what she endured was horrific. By telling her story she is healing herself and helping others who have faced such tragedy. Have some respect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written story and I have nothing but respect and admiration for Elizabeth Smart and her family. I would like to thank her for her work. I appreciate it sincerely on a personal basis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
such a brave woman to come out with this book. I cant believe people would say it was a bad read. It was a hard read but she is telling her story! Way to go Elizabeth!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I awan't sure of what to expect here. in her own owods or others? How graphic? This story is just what I hoped it would be. It was a chance for her to share how she coped. We all learned what happened, just as she perceived it, and what was going on in her mind all the way through her ordeal. We all find some way to carry on in bad times, but her story of being bound, dragged from her bed, assaulted by this disgusting couple could have driven her to dispair. It did not. Kudos Elizabeth to you and your family and your new life. You are an inspiration to us all to carry on and trust in our family and in the lord. The strength of character you displayed throughout is inspirational and a testimony to your faith and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Smart, has enormous courage. Sharing her experience at this level leaves her open to all kinds of criticism. As these types of ordeals always do. I know for myself, my question always is "How did they survive it"? How did they manage to get thru it? Where does this kind of strength come from? Especially in a 14 year old girl. And how do you make sense of any of it. Only by finding the sources of strength people rely on during such desperate times can we learn something valuable about our human spirit. What we can cultivate within ourselves that will carry us thru our own dark storms. (Hopefully never that dark) Her resilience inspires me, as the work she does today to help others. Sometimes one person's voice can give others courage to speak up and reach out for help. I read the book in one night. I couldn't stop. The book isn't a literary masterpiece. Why should it be? She didn't write it out of some great love for writing, or love of literature, but she comes through it with her original voice. Her courage and determination to survive at all costs is what makes this book great, and worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book a novel? No, and i dont believe she wrote this book to become a writer. She is telling her story on her terms. Kudos to you Elizabeth! I am more amazed by her now then i was before such a beautiful woman inside and out. This is the type of young woman our youth should look up to. Who cares if she waited 10 years to write this its her life on her terms just like she says.
HappyDancer More than 1 year ago
My Story by Elizabeth Smart is a fascinating book. Smart gives the meaty, sad, horrific details of being kidnapped, kept captive, and repeatedly raped. Ultimately it is a story of survival. Smart is a brave woman for living this horror and for sharing her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Through all you endured for those horried 9 months....the never ending love and belief in our Lord God never left your heart and soul. Your parents have gifted you from birth with the tools needed to be the amazing young women that you are today. Thank you for your strength it took for you to share your story. My world won't be the only one impacted by such a moving account of your belief and power that we can share!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book written in her words. Take it for that. How sad to say boring or lack of depth. Really people? This is a book based on what happened to her. Kudos to her for letting the world hear her story. This is part of therapy. This is encouragement to those other people who have experienced the brutal acts of captivity. Shame on anyone who says Oh here she comes, out to make money. She should be able to make millions for what she lived through. Shame on those who have negative comments about her...She has a foundation set up to help others...Let Her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Someone with a postive outlook. She could ahve easliy been negative or played the victim card but instead is showing real class by moving on and nor allowing her kidnappers to steal her life now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still remember being glued to the TV following this horrific story, praying and praying that this beautiful innocent child would be found and returned to ber family. My daughter was 12 at the time and i was utterly terrified that something like this could happen. Thank you for sharing your story, and thank you for sharing your unwavering faith and your love and devotion to your family, but most of all thank you for reminding me that we do indeed need to acknowledge our gratitude for the joys in in our lives. You are amazing Elizabeth Smart
Jendi3 More than 1 year ago
A great way for Elizabeth to tell her story, let people know what is going on out there and a story of survival... Very will written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. She is so brave and faithful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Smart is so courageous to have lived through what happened to her and to write this book.  I read this book in 2 evenings. Her faith in God and her family is amazing.  Th inner strength this woman has is beyond belief.  There are  people I have thought would be neat to hear speak.  Elizabeth is now #1 on that list.  Her book has helped me feel more faith in my life.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her story is so touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That must have been so hard for poor Elizabeth! I can't imagine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read, disturbing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth is such a inspirition
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. I read this in one day. She is a amazing,strong,beautiful woman. My heart goes out to her and her family. She is the same age as me. I could never imagine. I will hold my daughter close tonight. I dont understand the negitave comments. Someone mentioned making money off the book. I dont care if she makes a billion dollars off of it! She deserves every penny. How would you feel if it were your child?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great inspiring story. Everything that she went through and is still able to find peace and happiness. She is definitely a great role model for our young children. Anybody who has had to struggle with anything must read this book. I love how she is able to make you feel what she was feeling at that moment with her honest own words. Elizabeth you are an angel of God
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am thrilled that Elizabeth is living her best life now and was able to write an honest portrayal of the nightmare she triumphed through. Good read.
memere19 More than 1 year ago
I vividly remember when Elizabeth was taken.  Her family remained strong in their faith and worked tirelessly to keep her face in the public eye.  This book allows us into Elizabeth's thoughts and fears.  it is heartbreaking yet her unwavering faith make this a book you cannot put down.  Elizabeth is clearly an amazing person - able to put horrible abuse behind her and even during her ordeal was able to be grateful for small "mercies".  We can all learn a lot about gratitude from this lovely young woman.  I am so happy that she has chosen to be positive and happy and as her mother so wisely advised her:  being happy is the best way to prevent Brian David Mitchell from stealing another precious moment of her life.  Congratulations to Elizabeth and I hope she has nothing but happiness in her future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Well written, heart breaking and uplifting at the same time. What a strong woma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up all night to finish this book.  What this young lady had to endure during her captivity was awful.  I couldnt sleep.  Just reading about her ordeal gave me nightmares.  I had to read it to the end and find out how she was rescued.  Elizabeth is a very brave and courages young lady and I wish her a life of happiness.  She will be happy now.  I know it.