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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 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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Stolen Innocence
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Stolen Innocence
May 29th, 2014
Loved the book. Very interesting and thought provoking. I learned a lot about a very different culture.
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October 15th, 2013
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 '!
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October 4th, 2013
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.
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Awesome look at the church and what happens
March 18th, 2013
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
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