By Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart
St. Martin's Press, 2013. 308 pgs. Biography
This is Elizabeth Smart's memoir of her abduction when she was fourteen years old in 2002. She was taken from her home in the middle of the night by Brian David Mitchell and held by him and his wife Wanda Barzee. She was sexually abused, threatened, and essentially held hostage for nine months. It was very interesting to read Elizabeth's first-hand experience of this story, especially certain moments like being questioned by a police officer at the Salt Lake City Library, her experiences with her captors, as well as the faith and inspiration that helped her to carry on.
This was a compelling read, especially for those who haven't familiarized themselves with much of her story in the past. I listened to the audio version of this, read by Smart herself, which lent an air of authenticity and reality to the dialogue and personal reflections. This book was very similar to Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen, a Mormon who went through a traumatic experience and her faith helped her to find the strength to keep going. I would recommend these two books alongside each other.