Bringing Elizabeth Home : A Journey of Faith and Hope
Bringing Elizabeth Home A Journey of Faith and Hope Author:Ed Smart, Lois Smart At 3:58 in the morning of June 5, 2002, Ed and Lois Smart awoke to the sound of their nine-year-old daughter Mary Katherines frightened voice. "She's gone. Elizabeth is gone." At first they thought she was having a bad dream about her older sister, but Mary Katherine's seeming bad dream would quickly become their worst nightmare. Their dau... more »ghter Elizabeth was gone.
They were not sure why the media picked up on Elizabeth's story, but after their daughter was kidnapped she became the whole world's daughter. After nine months of a strange, hard, sometimes rewarding, but mostly painful journey, Elizabeth was miraculously returned to them. Just as millions throughout the world had grieved for her loss, now they celebrated her safe return.
In Bringing Elizabeth Home, Ed and Lois share the pain of every parent's worst fear: "What would I do if my child was taken from me?" They also share a story of great hope, strong faith, and trust in God. The Smart family had always been devoted to their Mormon faith, but through their terribly painful experience they gained a tremendous inner strength, which became the key to their survival. They write, "Having our daughter back home, in our arms, is nothing short of a miracle. It is the ultimate proof that God answers prayers. Granted, sometimes the answer is not the one we pray for, but still it remains an answer. We feel truly blessed that He answered our prayers the way we had hoped for, although we realize, regretfully, that this is not always the outcome in kidnapping cases. We have met so many families with missing children and we've seen how deep their pain goes... But what we hope to convey through our journey of faith and hope is that with a strong belief in God, all things are possible. Miracles do happen."
In the end, the Smart's story brings one point poignantly home -- nothing is more important in this world than family. Not money. Not work. Not a fancy new car or an expensive, big house. Family, the prayers of so many friends and strangers, and trust in God are what got them through this experience -- and having survived, they have no doubt that they can persevere in any situation as long as those three things are in their lives. Though their story is filled with many incredible twists and turns, they never lost focus on what was important: bringing Elizabeth home.« less
This was a very good book about the struggle during their most desperate time, and the faith that they held onto during this time. It shows their daily struggle to have faith and hold onto to knowledge that God still works miracles. Elizabeth is a very strong lady, that kept the will to live and survive throughout this horrible ordeal. Her faith and her parents faith will encourage you even today.
Valerie Z. reviewed Bringing Elizabeth Home : A Journey of Faith and Hope on
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I bought this book hoping to get more of a glimpse into what happened with Elizabeth-they shared very little about her experience (which is fine-I understand wanting to maintain privacy). Rather they shared a lot of what their faith means to them and how they dealt with the ordeal. Great if you want to know more about Mormonism though.