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Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs Paperback – Aug 22 2008

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061715190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061715198
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,976,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The juxtaposition of Raudman's narrative equanimity and the young girl's shocking experiences creates an arresting audio experience." ---AudioFile
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In this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, tells her 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.

Detailing how Jeffs's influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set which forced her to wed her first cousin at age fourteen, pressured her to follow Jeffs's directives, and, once she married, encouraged her to submit to her husband in "mind, body, and soul." For over three years she suffered at the hands of her husband, until one snowy night when a chance encounter with a stranger set in motion a friendship that eventually gave her the strength to break free of the church and come forward against Jeffs, so that girls still inside 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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading both Escape and Triumph, I needed one more taste, a different persepctive of how someone grew up in this community. Elissa Wall provided that for me. She writes beautifully and painfully details day after day what it was like being married to someone she hated. Never giving in to the brainwashing around her telling her that how she is feeling is wrong, Elissa stands up to her husband and her community to justify how she feels. Her wedding day is described in such painful detail that I could imagine being in the room with her. I cried with her. I was constantly taken by how she managed to stay out at nights - not to persue a wicked lifestyle, but to perserve her soul and sanity by not being raped over and over again. Elissa said she needed to grow up first before being married, and ultimately, in the end that's what happened.

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.
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Stolen Innocence

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.
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A different view of the polygamous lifestyle, this book being written more recently, she had a lot more dealings with Warren Jeffs. It really gives an in depth view of poly marriages, and how much power the FLDS has over families. Seeing how the church forces the will of a few key people on the majority of the members, and condones abuse and rape is shocking.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to believe that this type of abuse still goes on today. It's fascinating and infuriating to hear an insider's account of her life in a society where they have almost no control over their own lives. Organized religion gone bad again.
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Wow this book was a book everyone should read. Elissa wall had a very hard child hood. at age 14 when i was enjoying school and playing this little girl was married
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
real husband.
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I recently became intrigued by the patriarchal Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the strange metamorphosis it has undergone by virtue of the twisted and skewed leadership of Warren Jeffs, an unprincipled and greedy man whose love of power seemed to have no bounds. Always a strange subculture because a central tenet of its beliefs was polygamy, under Warren Jeffs the FLDS seemed to go to new lengths in its extremism.

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.
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Although this book can be quite dark at times, I gave this book a five star rating based on the true honestly of Elissa and how well she tells her story. It's an interesting view inside the life of FLDS members and the true power Warren Jeffs had over his followers. I would highly recommend this book!
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