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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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My Story
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January 9th, 2015
An inspiration to us all for any situation! No matter what the situation, or what you may be dealing with, you have a choice. God is always with us wherever we may be.
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My story by Elizabeth Smart
January 6th, 2015
An honest depiction of her tragic abduction. Show casing how strong ones spirit can be in the midst of the challenge of not knowing what her future holds. She rises above and is truly an inspirational survivor.
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My Story
January 27th, 2014
Very well written
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
December 14th, 2013
This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Although it may be difficult to read at times, this should be read by anyone who thinks they are having a hard time. It will change your life!
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Mixed emotions!
November 26th, 2013
The subject matter in this book makes it a difficult story to comment on and rate. It was an extremely well written, heartbreaking book of very strong Faith and Survival.
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Wow!
October 31st, 2013
Wow! This young woman tells an amazing story. She looked evil in the face and recognized it for what it is. It is horrifying to think of the abuse she endured. Her strength and courage is truly inspiring. Her ability to not let this horrific event define her is incredible. Elizabeth Smart is a role model to look up to and admire! I thank her for reaching out to share this extremely intimate event with us and to show us how to find courage and strengthen our faith.
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Retired
October 19th, 2013
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.
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Powerful!
October 13th, 2013
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.
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My Story - Elizabeth Smart
October 13th, 2013
I am so happy for Elizabeth and do appreciate her writing this book. Thank you.
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Elizabeth Smart
October 13th, 2013
A remarkable story of survival and love of life.
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Elizabeth Smart
October 13th, 2013
A remarkable story of survival and love of life.
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Excellent!
October 12th, 2013
Very brave and courageous woman! Thank you for sharing your story with us. Book was very well written
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