My Story by 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 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.
I was in college when news of Elizabeth Smart being kidnapped hit the TV’s across America. I can distinctly remember the day she was found. For the first time I wanted to know every single detail I could find out and was glued to the 24 hour news channel on my tiny tube TV in Rexburg, Idaho.
I thought watching the news gave me as much information, and over the years have always read her stories when she is interviewed for magazines. I am always so impressed with how well composed and well rounded she has turned out to be.
If I thought I was caught up on the info I was wrong. There was a lot more to the story than I ever knew.
For a great memoir to remind yourself to be thankful for your life…. Then read MY STORY.