Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
Stolen Innocence My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect Becoming a Teenage Bride and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs Author:Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer 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 har... more »sh 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.« less
Sandra E. (mimi-2) reviewed Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Reliable background information and relatively current, true events regarding the cult of the FLDS and its brainwashed followers (victims) Excellent book. A necessary read for anyone interested or involved in saving women and children from slavery and abuse.
Amanda P. (nanjo) reviewed Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
WOW! I love books like this that take the reader into a culture that they may otherwise never experience. This is a very powerful story of a girl who grew up in a polygamist sect and came through it with a story to tell. Its very powerful. The narrator connects easily with the reader and never once do you feel like she is using this story as a way to vent or be vindictive. She seems to understand her past, she does not pass blame or hate, just tells her story. Its the closest thing to an unbiased story that a person could tell after living through what she lived through.
This was an amazing first hand account of growing up in the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints). The author was forced into marriage at the age of 14. She went against church elders and members of her family and left the FLDS. She also testified against Warren Jeffs at his trial. This book gives an insider account of the mind set of FLDS members that are in actuality part of a religious cult. This is a fascinating book that speaks out about basic human rights. I highly recommend this book. It will lead you to understand the FLDS members and their mindset and how it is possible for a large group of people to be lead by a pedophile pyscho (Warren Jeffs) mind, body and soul.
I've been reading several FLDS related books lately in an attempt to learn more about a subject that has been major national news recently. I find the similarities in stories shocking. Whether the person had a happy childhood or not, the details they give about the practices, beliefs, and happenings within the church are consistent. The names mentioned of major or well-known figures within the church all match, as do descriptions. So, as unbelievable as it all sounds to those of us who didn't grow up in their world, it's definitely the truth. Even better, the more you read, the more perspectives you gather, and the better you understand all that happens. This book is definitely deserving of being added to the must-read list of anyone interested in the subject.
The author did a wonderful job of mixing in first person account as a child along with information she learned in later years.
I found her story to be inspirational and consuming. On the one hand, I don't know how people could agree to live that way but on the other hand, the author really showed the human aspect of the FLDS community. These are real people - adults! - who've been brainwashed into giving up 100% control over their own lives.
The story shows a true contrast between the people who are very sympathetic and the FLDS system which is harsh and unyeilding. It was also very satisfying to know that even as I was reading the book, Warren Jeffs is already sitting in prison.