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Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren JeffsIn This Harrowing And Spellbinding Book, Elissa Wall Tells The Complete Story Of Her Life In The FLDS Polygamist Sect And How She Brought Down Controversial Sect Leader, Warren Jeffs Detailing How Jeffs Forced Her Into An Unwanted Marriage At Age 14, Elissa Speaks Candidly About The Horrifying Reality She Faced As A Young Teenager In A Devastating Marriage To A Man Five Years Her Senior The End Result Of The Union Was A Nightmare Of Rape And Abuse That Elissa Suffered At The Hands Of Her Church Appointed Husband And In The Name Of God Offering An Unfettered Glimpse Into The World Of The FLDS, Elissa Paints A Portrait Of The Church That Is At Once Shocking And Captivating Pushed Out Of Her Home By Abuse, She Began Living In Her Car To Avoid The Crushing Realities Of Her Situation And Yet Somehow, In The Face Of This Bleak Reality, She Never Gave Up On The Hope That She Would Some Day Find A Way Out That Way Out Came From A Former FLDS Member Named Lamont Barlow, Whose Chance Encounter With Elissa Sparked A Relationship That Gave Her The Strength She Needed To Leave Her Marriage And Throw Off The Shackles Of The FLDS Forever.

Elissa Wall detailing her childhood in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints FLDS and subsequent later life outside of the church It was first published by William Morrow and Company in 2008.Wall was born into a polygamous family in Salt Lake City and grew up attending the FLDS run Alta Academy She describes her living situation as tense familial relations were furthe

!!> Epub ➞ Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs ➝ Author Elissa Wall – Pandorajewelry70off.us
  • 438 pages
  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
  • Elissa Wall
  • English
  • 19 August 2017
  • 9780061715198

10 thoughts on “Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

  1. says:

    I read this to gain balance after reading Caroline Jessop s Escape I found this book too full of self pity and self glory but with a paucity of background information on the FLDS That isn t to say it isn t a good book it is a chilling story well told and the book presents a much rounded picture of life with its happy times as well as sad than Escape did.Stolen Innocence reads quite strangely, but you can t put your finger on what is strange and why it is until you reach the last few chapters which are about Warren Jeffs trial as late as February 2008 I am writing this June 2008 when you realise that the co writer, Lisa Pulitzer, has used all the trial material for the book The central mystery of why the women stay when they are treated like property and told so is that from birth they are told that the wicked will be destroyed soon i.e in the next few years and that only those who are observant members of the FLDS will be saved Further, should they die before this final apocalypse, then they can only get into heaven and eternal life at the invitation of their husband who must have at least three wives Now this may sound ridiculous to you and me, but if you think of your own beliefs of whatever religion you are or were brought up, they probably sound equally ridiculous to a non adherent This brainwashing and control by fear is exploited by one further factor, that the FLDS has a prophet with a direct line to heaven, much as the Ca...

  2. says:

    Biographies that detail the lives of those who have been involved in religious organisations can be particularly difficult to present, though my literary journey has brought me three in a row While the thoughts of this review are my own, I realise that religion and politics are so deeply seeded in the psyche of us all that we can take opinions that differ from our own to heart I fall victim to personal sentiments at times and am using this book as a foundation to discuss fundamentalism within the Church of Latter Day Saints Mormons My long and convoluted biography journey brought me to this piece by Elissa Wall, whose entire childhood was shaped by the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints FLDS Born into the Church, Wall grew up with the rigid beliefs of the FLDS, many of which are peppered throughout the narrative Wall offers the reader a backstory of both the Church and how it broke from the modernising ways of Mormons in the late 19th century The schism went through a few permutations, finally becoming a strong and compact community, primarily focussed in Utah and on the border with Arizona, though also closely affiliated with a community in rural British Columbia Wall also crafts her own familial story to allow the reader to see a personalised cog in the wheel that is the FLDS Throughout the narrative, Wall returns to discussions of The Prophet, a man drawn from the Church Elders who is seen to have a direct connect...

  3. says:

    I ve read other books on polygamy, seen movies, and had a friend who grew up in a polygamous family in Utah Many of the stories in this memoir are similar to others I ve read religious cult community1 husband with many wives and children The prophet determines when a marriage is to take place Husband is encouraged to rape his wife Sex is never talked about with girls until her wedding night and then she is suppose to submit to her husband clothing covers the body is very conservative.taught specific beliefs about the path to eternal salvation, brainwashing.child molestation rape emotional physical abuse etc In Stolen Innocence , I listened to the audiobook , we get a in depth comprehensive understanding of how the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FLDS Church , is different from the LDS church, Later day Saints Both church affiliations believe in the Big Book of MormonBut the FLDS families live in privacy and are not allowed to have contact with family member...

  4. says:

    I didn t care for this one nearly as much as those by Carolyn Jessop and Flora Mae Jessop When I first started this book, I had high expectations Learning that Elissa s father was not born and raised in the FLDS was intriguing and drew me in How do two intelligent people Mr Wall and his first wife find themselves conned by this cult of fundamentalism I would have preferred to hear his story, if anyone could ever get him or his wife, Audrey, to talk After all he d been through, why didn t he leave Unfortunately, the story I was given was a lot less interesting, and by the end, I was forcing myself to finish the book The hardest part was reminding myself that she was a child at the time, and that at heart, despite her relationship with Lamont and her children, Elissa Wall is still a child who does not take responsibility for her actions.Now, I fully admit that everything that happened to her was wrong There is no question of that, and I am very glad that a jury found Warren Jeffs guilty I wish the community itself had been deemed just as guilty, but how can one convict an entire community Everyone there knew that it was wrong, including members of Elissa s family, but no one did anything They were many against one man, and while I unders...

  5. says:

    I ve read everything I could get my hands on about the FLDS in the last couple of years This is another book about a woman who left the religion after years of abuse she was married at 14 to her first cousin This cousin then spent years mentally and physically abusing her before she broke away.Great...

  6. says:

    Astonishing I think, for me, this was even astonishing than Carolyn Jessups book Escape which was my entrance into the polygamy I knew only the definition of the word before reading Escape and have since been gathering almost everything I can find on the subject This was a real quick book mainly because you really can t put it down The emotion is so raw it s scary I found myself feeling so many different things at so many different points in her life story One thing I liked a lot is that the reader gets two points of view from Mrs Wall, one from her childhood and one from her adult life I use that term sparingly since she was technically a grown up in the FLDS at age 14 She didn t leave the group until years later so we do see a much desired difference in her ways Adding what happened with the court case, as of the time of writing was nice also for anyone who didn t follow the court proceedings like myself This is definitely in the top five books I ve read this year I was engaged the whole time and didn t find one page that I wasn t thin...

  7. says:

    I am easily obsessed with these stories of women oppressed by and then escaping from the FLDS Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, an offshoot of the Mormon Church.This is heavy shit The author was forced to get married to her first cousin when she was 14 I think the husband was 19 She was then forced to perform her wifely duty with him Yikes Bad news Bad, bad news The happy news it that she finally found true love and escaped from the oppressive religion.I am for religious freedom if folks are into that kind of thing , but I don t think people should force their religious freedom on other...

  8. says:

    I wanted to read this book after reading Carolyn Jessop s book on the same topic living in polygamy I think this adds credit to Carolyn s account I was wrapped up in this story and found myself crying when the ...

  9. says:

    As a religious person, I tend to approach the whole how I broke out of my crazy abusive religion memoir genre with some caution I ve read some pretty off the wall descriptions mostly in fiction, though occasionally in books purporting to be non fictional memoirs of abuse and suffering perpetuated by people claiming to practice my religion Generally, even when the experiences being described ring true, I think a critical reader can see that the psychological dysfunction is what s causing the bizarre religiosity rather than the other way around It s harder to make this distinction, though, if you re not familiar with the religion being described or the people practicing it Not being too familiar with the FLDS religion and community, I wondered whether typical polygamous families and arranged marriages in that context resemble Elissa s experiences in Stolen Innocence I remember being fascinated by the descriptions of FLDS life in Under the Banner of Heaven while I read it and then wondering afterward whether the book was sensationalized Somehow Elissa Wall s experiences rang truer to me, though maybe because her descriptions, for all the horror involved, were three dimensional and included acknowledgment of happier times and close relationships Elissa Wall was one of fourteen children born to...

  10. says:

    I greatly admire and respect Elissa Wall, but not her book obviously written with the help of an amateur journalist Yes, the story SEEMED interesting enough for me to pay 25, but wasn t worth it in the least I guess it could be a good beach read but check it out of the library, or at least wait for the paperback This book is no work of art, and certainly wasn t life changing The writing was laugh out loud terrible I guess I have to give it to Elissa, though she certa...

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