My Story

My Story Summary

The harrowing true story of abduction and survival from the courageous young woman who lived it—now the subject of a Lifetime original movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart.

In this memoir, 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. Elizabeth 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.

With My Story,Elizabeth 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 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. She and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, now have two children.



Book Reviews

anonymousphx32

Powerful5 star

The fact that she can write about her torment and openly talk about her faith throughout is powerful. This was a wonderful book that includes some important life lessons, I would recommend this book to anyone that has had something even remotely ttaumatizing happen to them.55

ozzie is my dog

Elizabeth Smart Book5 star

This is awesome! I love it because it describes everything.55

Rocket11 gotarheels

My Story5 star

Gripping and powerful full of pain, Faith and redemption in the spirit of just a little girl. God bless Elizabeth Smart.55

ella.snuffles #14

Much love5 star

I am so excited to read this book I just heard about the story on Snapchat and I’m so happy she made the best out of this horrific story I am so sorry he treated you that way as a woman and just decency it self you are a tru Kween 👑😌💙55

betty2450

My Story Elizabeth Smart5 star

Great read.55

Kittybubby

Big person5 star

I am very impressed with Elizabeth. Her courage, faith and wisdom is amazing for someone her age. She interjected humor into book as well and made me laugh. I would love to hear her speak or meet her one day. God Bless her !55

RachelESa

Truly inspirational5 star

This book gave me nothing but chills and as I turned each page I couldn't put the book down. Makes you really thankful for the life you have and to realize things change in a blink of an eye. Truly inspiring and a great book!55

nanakurtz

My Story5 star

A sharing of hope in the midst of darkness & despair was so powerful. The wisdom of a young persons experience & her unbelievable ability to cope is so inspiring. I appreciate what she shared as a gift to all who read this incredible journey. These words have the potential to positively change lives if the reader chooses to listen with an open heart. This book is one to be studied for all its wisdom.55

Sweets 4 me

Thank you for giving us Hope5 star

Broke my heart and then uplifted it by the power of Hope and God in Elizabeth's heart. God Bless you55

Sarahthedevil

Great book5 star

Very nice read55





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