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Bringing Elizabeth Home

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  948 ratings  ·  157 reviews
At 3:58 in the morning of June 5, 2002, Ed and Lois Smart awoke to the sound of their nine-year-old daughter Mary Katherine's frightened voice. "She's gone. Elizabeth isgone." At first they thought she was having a bad dream about her older sister, but Mary Katherine's seeming bad dream would quickly become their worst nightmare. Their daughter Elizabeth was gone.
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Published October 28th 2003 by Doubleday Religion (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 01, 2009 Ben rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: idiots and people that hate themselves...
The audio book for this was discounted to about 2 dollars and it looked like it could be interesting, and perhaps deep, so I bought it. I have never wanted to burn anything so much in my life. The whole C.D. was complete trash. It is people like this that give religion a bad name. With prolific Christian writers out there such as C.S. Lewis, it's amazing that such trash as this gets read or listened to by anyone. If you want to make yourself sick, or if you have suicidal tendencies and need some ...more
Jbradley86 Bradley
This book gives the family's story from the night Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped, to the painful nine months of not knowing what happened to her, to her amazing return home. Her parents give their own account of the story. What Elizabeth went through during those nine months is not detailed here. Her parents want to leave it up to Elizabeth whether or not she wants to write about her ordeal someday.
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Dan Curnutt
It is very apparent from the beginning that the family is strongly Mormon and that their beliefs play a big role in this true life tragedy turned joy.

I struggled a bit through the first two chapters because of the strong Mormon overtones, but once the story got rolling about the kidnapping of their daughter I was hooked.

While I don't agree with the Mormon's belief system I was drawn to the fact that mom's faith in God and her daily prayer life were a constant that kept her going.

Dad's honesty ab
I was wasting time at the library the other day and came across this. I remember the news about Elizabeth Smart and I remember thinking how awful it was that a person could break into a home (where a person is supposed to be safe) and kidnap a child. Like many people across the USA I watch the news hopeful that she would be found.

Okay, I knew the basic story and the book did reveal a little more of the story. I'm not sure what I expected but I got a little bored with the beginning and the detail
This book wasn't anything other than an extended version of all the press conferences they have done. I am glad they found her, but the book seemed to have no point.
After reading "My Story" by Elizabeth Smart I was curious about the parents perspective. I found this at the library. It was written just a short time after the kidnapping and had a lot of feeling in it. I thought they put the story together a bit choppy but it was interesting to read how things developed from their side. I am thankful that Elizabeth was able to come home and that she has had a happy life thus far. It is a miracle. It made my heart ache for all the children who are abused and ta ...more
1.5 stars

I had to read this book as an assignment for my AP English class. This book was a heart warming story, that at times has you wondering what you would do if you were put in Lois and Ed's situation. Although the story is heart warming and inspiring, it also was nothing new.

Of course, everything that was in this book was from Lois or Ed's perspective since they respected Elizabeth's choice at the time not to come forth about the kidnapping and all the details. A lot of this is Lois and
Tanya W
A nice book detailing how the kidnapping and rescue of Elizabeth Smart played out for the Smart family. Their faith and how it helped them was a key part of their story, and you get a sense that they would like to share that hope, peace, and healing with others.

I would say it wasn't a spectacular book (perhaps the rating is more a three, but the subject matter brings it up). The relationships we have with our families and loved ones, and the deep fears many of us have that these kinds of terribl
Tracy Walters
I was living just outside of Salt Lake City when Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped....and I remember the sadness and disbelief that something like this could happen so close to my safe haven and community....I kept watch on the events of this throughout the year that it happened and I will always remember sitting in my dr's office looking out the window at the mountains just above where her family lived and thinking "I wonder if she is up there in?..." only to come out to my car later that morning a ...more
I read Bringing Elizabeth Home, for my American Lit class. I thought this book was very good! It showed the pain that the Smart family struggled with during the nine months that Elizabeths was gone, very accuratly. I think it also showed how their faith kept them together as a family, and how they relied on it during their hard times. This book didn't exactly tell what happened to Elizabeth during her time away, becasue her family didn't think it was their place to tell. The issue in this book w ...more
Bringing Elizabeth Home is a book that shows the fath, hope, and courage of one family. The family is an average family that endures the abduction of 14 year old Elizabeth.

The Smart family has a strong faith, a faith that helps them endure the longest 9 months f their lives. Typically, I don't read books that are laden with religious references because the way some of these books are written, the authors are trying to convert the reader to this particular religion. Ed and Lois Smart seemlessly
Aug 06, 2013 Tima marked it as started-but-abandoned  ·  review of another edition
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The first 20 pages were seriously nothing but God-gushing. I'm mean, absolutely nothing but that. I've got no problem with or against any religion by I certainly didn't pick up the book wanting to know what a perfect, devout, Mormon family they were. In the opening of the book, they flat out say there won't be any details of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping. I respect that choice of hers but it immediately lessened my desire to read the book. I wanted to learn the full family experience. So. This bo ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
After reading Elizabeth Smart's recently published My Story, I wanted to know more and found this perspective of the kidnapping from the point of view of her loving and concerned parents a good companion book. I also belong to the Mormon church but like many who live here in Utah, I was skeptical this fantastic story wasn't an "inside job" but the honesty of the writing convinced me otherwise. I'm not married and will probably never be a mother in this life but I believed the grief of Lois and E ...more
I initially picked this book because I was hoping to read the newer one, but I thought this would be a good precursor for it. Overall, I thought the book was good, and provided some interesting information about the case and what the family went through while Elizabeth was gone (this book really doesn't involve anything that happened to Elizabeth while she was gone, just what the family was going through).

I thought the stress and grief of both Ed and Lois Smart was palpable while reading the bo
I really enjoyed this book. I cried along with them as they went through their emotional journey. I was amazed at their faith through the whole thing. I feel that Elizabeth is such a strong woman to go through all that she did and become who she is today. What an amazing book.
Ok and I learned things I didn't learn in Elizabeth's book or her uncle's book. The Smarts seemed like they didn't want to offend anyone when writing the book or they probably would have been more candid about the accusations made against them and other members of the family and the mistakes that were made by some police officers during the case.

I'd recommend reading all 3 books to get a clearer picture of what happened.

Particularly interesting is that they say they started Elizabeth on therapy
I'm sure there are people who think the Smart Family were trying to make money off of what happened to their little girl by putting this book out but I thought they made it pretty clear that they felt almost an obligation to let all the people who helped them know how grateful they were. If it weren't for the media, Elizabeth wouldn't have been known around the world like she was and who knows when she would have been found. I think this book was a way of thanking those people by letting them kn ...more
Mar 12, 2009 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn more about faith, hope, pain and joy.
I received this book when a friend was clearing out her bookshelves. It sat around for a long time on my to-read list. I finally got around to it. I remember when the abduction occured. Many people were shocked that someone would be so bold as to break into a home, and risk being caught, to kidnap a child. When the case was unfolding my heart was breaking for Mary Katherine. How hard that would be to see your sister being taken and feel so helpless.

The book was good. Since it was written by bot
I was especially interested in this story because my family had taken a trip to Salt Lake City when the kidnapping occured. I remember well the posters of Elizabeth that were plastered all over the entire city and also the surrounding area. I remember how we wept and prayed for Elizabeth's safe return and for the family to be comforted in this time of intense trial. Elizabeth's story affected me personally like no other story had before. That may have been because they are LDS and our families h ...more
Lois and Ed Smart are woken up one night by their daughter Mary Katherine who tells them that a masked man has kidnapped their older daughter Elizabeth. So begins a nightmarish 9 months for the Smart family. When Elizabeth is eventually found, damaged but alive, it is as if a miracle has occurred. This book is her parents' story of their journey through this time of darkness. It is a remarkable tale of survival both in terms of her parents and Elizabeth herself. The Smarts are very devout Mormon ...more
I listened to this because Elizabeth's story is coming out and I wanted to familiarize myself with the events. I thought it was well written. Her parents are AMAZINGLY strong and put an AMAZING amount of trust in the Lord. If this were to happen to one of my children I would curl up into a ball and die..truly!! For non-LDS people their faith may seem extreme or radical, but it is the way we are taught and I know that they used that strength to help bring Elizabeth home and to be able to actually ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
This was written a year and a half after Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping. Her parents, Ed & Lois write about the experience of losing their child to a stranger. You really get a taste of each perspective. The book does not share Elizabeth's experience in any great detail. Her parents felt that if and when the time comes, that is her story to tell.

The story details what they went through with the police, detectives, FBI and media. They are honest in sharing their frustrations with as well as the
This was a (relatively) local story - happening just down the road in SLC - and I had always been curious about it, so I gave it a go.

This is less the story of what happened and more a combination Smart family history / Mormon propaganda document. I guess I dont blame the Smarts - they are lay folk and cant be blamed too much for being rambling who do not know how to put a book together. But their ghost write / assistant writer - presumably Laura Morton - must have dropped the ball a bit. Either
This book was written by Elizabeth Smart's parents and I don't feel that it was very well written. It was fragmented and seemed to jump around as they recounted the story of the 9 months after Elizabeth was kidnapped. They also were upset with how the case was handled, and their depiction of these concerns seemed poorly written. It would have had much more impact if it had been written by an investigative journalist rather than Elizabeth's parents, in my opinion.
Apr 27, 2008 Susannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I saw this book at the library the other day and it caught my eye. Wow, what an experience they went through. Jeremy and I lived in the Avenues just down a few blocks from the Smart family when this happened, and I still remember the feelings we all had in the neighborhood when it happened. They do not go into detail what Elizabeth went through, (because they did not feel it was their right to disclose that information, but when then time came (if it ever did) Elizabeth herself would do that), b ...more
I have put off reading this book, because I didn't want to think about the subject. Also, I thought it wouldn't be well-written. It wasn't well-written, but scattered, a little disorganized, and not particularly well-crafted, however....I liked this book more than 3 stars worth, because of their messages. Love, faith, family, strong marriages matter! It seemed very earnest and honest. I appreciated their restraint in their criticisms of the police department, media, political figures, but their ...more
Very insightful look at how Lois and Ed Smart and their family dealt with their daughter's abduction. Their faith played such a big part in maintaining their sanity throughout. I followed this story closely when it was happening, but this brings you right into the middle of it. It filled in the gaps and answered a lot of my questions.
Sean Chambers ray
This book was A very powerful account of one family's heartbreaking journey through their daughters of duction and her final return home after nine months. I actually thought this was an excellent book, where the family show their strength and determination to carry-on.
Borrowed the audio version. I made it three chapters before giving up. I knew when they said that they were not telling Elizabeth's story that I was in trouble. They used their daughter's name to sell a book about how because they love God Elizabeth was saved. I got it after twenty minutes.
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