My Story Author:Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart 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 night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After he... more »r rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
Now for the first time, in her memoir, My Story, she 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 then 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 ten years after her rescue, Smart transformed herself from the 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. In 2012 she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy-tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.« less