Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
“Both creepy…and quite moving.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Wall’s story couldn’t be more timely.”
Stolen Innocence is the gripping New York Times bestselling memoir of Elissa Wall, the courageous former member of Utah’s infamous FLDS polygamist sect whose powerful courtroom testimony helped convict controversial sect leader Warren Jeffs in September 2007. At once sho...more
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 cha...more
Great insight into the FLDS group and why it's so hard for women to leave it.
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...more
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 fr...more
At the age of fourteen, Elissa was forced by Jeffs to marry her first cousin, Allen Steed. In the FLDS cult, they have what is called "placement marriage." The "prophet" assigns you a marriage partner, supposedly revealed to him by god. Ms. Wall repeatedly begged "Uncle Warren" to let her have two more years to grow up before marrying, but he refused her requests. Jeffs was convicted of "...more
This book is unbelievably depressing. Only knowing that it turns all right in the end is what got me through this book.
I've read a few books about the women in Iran and how their lives were restricted. I think the FLDS Morman church has nothing on them. It's almost the opposite, in Iran the law is against you. In the FLDS, the law is for you but has the abi...more
I have to admit that the more I read the more I enjoyed learning about her perspectives concerning the FLDS. I was appalled at the control that Warren Jeffs asserted over the...more
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I was looking forward to this book after seeing news reports and documentaries on Warren Jeffs and the FDLS Church and my what a sad story this was! This book gives a great insight into the FLDS Church. Many things that occurred in this Polygamous sect was very shocking and sad. The beliefs of the men and women who are a part of this sect seemed to be brainwashed by Warren Jeffs. Many of the things he instilled upon these people was ridiculous and as an outsider it is very had...more
Elissa explains the life in this plural marriage well, but did anyone else wonder about the lack of knowledge regarding sex? I guess I stil...more
Ever since we visited Salt Lake City and saw the Mormon temple, I wanted to know about the people who still practiced polygamy. They don't in the conventional Mormon religion, however, the author of this book was born into an extremist sect that not only practices polygamy, but marries children off to 80 year old men.
The author was forced to get married to a "Forrest Gump" type without the sincerity and sweetness. He bullied her as a child...more
Some may be sho...more
Powerful, story. I am shocked and dismayed by the beliefs and teachings of FLDS. Those poor children, and brainwashed women.
This woman had a lot of courage and strength to break away from this life.
Informative and well worth reading. It's a story that will stay with me for some time.
I CANT STOP READING THIS SHIT!
My only (small) critique is that this book could have been shorter. Wall ge...more
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