In 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 Churcha??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.
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In this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, tells her inspirational story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.
Detailing how Jeffs's influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set which forced her to wed her first cousin at age fourteen, pressured her to follow Jeffs's directives, and, once she married, encouraged her to submit to her husband in "mind, body, and soul." For over three years she suffered at the hands of her husband, until one snowy night when a chance encounter with a stranger set in motion a friendship that eventually gave her the strength to break free of the church and come forward against Jeffs, so that girls still inside might be spared her cruel fate.
More than a tale of survival and freedom, Stolen Innocence is the story of one heroic woman who stood up for what was right and reclaimed her life.About the Author:
Elissa Wall is a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who was forced into marriage at age fourteen. She left the FLDS at age eighteen and currently resides with her two children and her husband, Lamont. Lisa Pulitzer is a former correspondent for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to the New York Post. She is the author of a number of true crime titles, including Fatal Romance, Murder in Paradise, and A Woman Scorned: The Shocking Real-Life Case of Billionairess Killer Susan Cummings. She lives in New York with her writer husband and two daughters. Renee Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber's Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC's One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC's Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn's Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.
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Book Description Harper, 2008. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Brand new copy. "My story of growing up in a polygamous sect, becoming a teenage bride, and breaking free.". Bookseller Inventory # 029168
Book Description HARPER ELEMENT, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007291124
Book Description HARPER ELEMENT, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007291124