Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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 to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women.
Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells the incredible and inspirational story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice. Offering a child's perspective on life in the FLDS, Wall discusses her tumultuous youth, explaining how her family's turbulent past intersected with her strong will and identified her as a girl who needed to be controlled through marriage. Detailing how Warren Jeffs's influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set and unrelenting pressure that forced her to wed despite her repeated protests that she was too young.
Once she was married, Wall's childhood shattered as she was obligated to follow Jeffs's directives and submit to her husband in "mind, body, and soul." With little money and no knowledge of the outside world, she was trapped and forced to endure the pain and abuse of her loveless relationship, which eventually pushed her to spend nights sleeping in her truck rather than face the tormentor in her bed.
Yet even in those bleak times, she retained a sliver of hope that one day she would find a way out, and one snowy night that came in the form of a rugged stranger named Lamont Barlow. Their chance encounter set in motion a friendship and eventual romance that gave her the strength she needed to break free from her past and sever the chains of the church.
But though she was out of the FLDS, Wall would still have to face Jeffs—this time in court. In Stolen Innocence, she delves into the difficult months on the outside that led her to come forward against him, working with prosecutors on one of the biggest criminal cases in Utah's history, so that other girls still inside the church might be spared her cruel fate.
More than a tale of survival and freedom, Stolen Innocence is the story of one heroic woman who stood up for what was right and reclaimed her life.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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The only issue I had with the book is the small writing in a small book format, but you quickly overcome that as you are wrapped up in her story. It's an excellent read and the way she protects herself and takes a stand for what she beleives in, is truly inspiring. I'm glad she got out and made a life for herself - and I'm glad she shared her story with the world.
After a friend recommended me the book, I opened Stolen Innocence, Elissa Wall's story of living in the FLDS, with the notion the book was going to be something difficult to read. However I was surprised by how quickly I was absorbed in her world. Elissa carefully sets the mood and the groundwork of her life leaving you hooked until the very end.
Not only was it captivating but it was eye-opening to know such things still take place in the here and now. To realize that I had been living a happy life while she was raped and abused by her "husband" at the tender age of 14 is a wake-up call. We can all take influence by Elissa's courage to stand up and put a man behind bars when it didn't seem likely he'd ever be.
and abused. I think this book is a real eye opener. elisa
is a very strong girl to get out and get help. i hope that there is a follow up to this next year speaking about how she lives raising her children and be with her
This is the story of one of those FLDS women, Elissa Wall, who tells the story of growing up in a polygamous household, where her mother was her father's second wife, and she was but one of her father's twenty-two children. She speaks of the complexity of polygamous families and the underlying tensions in her own home between family members, tensions that became exacerbated when her father took on a third wife, culminating in the tearing asunder of her family under the guidance of Warren Jeffs.
The author attended the Alpha Academy, which was a school run by the FLDS for children of the FLDS, in which the principal at the time was Warren Jeffs. So, the author lived her entire life being indoctrinated in FLDS beliefs and way of life. Meanwhile the tensions at home were such that her mother was eventually told by Warren Jeffs to leave her husband and take her children to live in Hildale, Arizona, an FLDS enclave, with Fred Jessop, who lived with his fifteen wives and children in a forty-five bedroom home. The author's mother would eventually become one of Jessop's wives. Shortly thereafter, when the author turned fourteen, she would receive the most devastating news of her life, when she was ordered to marry her first cousin, Alan Steed, whom she detested.Read more ›
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Very moving story... it set me back into a place I never thought I could be. You feel as if you are her best friend through it all. Wonderful writer!Published 8 months ago by Denise Arsenault
Thoroughly interesting story, both informative and heart-wrenching.Published 17 months ago by Shirley MacKenzie
Very interesting and well written. Gives a portray of what it must be like inside a very closed and male dominated society.Published 23 months ago by tammie talbot
This is one of the most powerful books that I've read this year. (the others being Ripple and I, Run both by E. L. Farris). Read morePublished on Dec 14 2013 by JanSooCan
As a survivor of abuse, I found parts difficult to read. I kept reading because I wanted Elissa to get a happy ending. She seems like a nice person & I admired her courage.Published on Oct. 22 2013 by Jill
I found the book a good read, not exactly what I was expecting.
I thought it was a little lenghty, building to the end.
Too much detail.
A very hard book to read but I couldn't put it down. Sometimes it is sad to see the real world.Published on Oct. 5 2013 by Mike
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