Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up
Elizabeth Smart follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller (October 2013), My Story—about being held in captivity as a teenager, and how she managed to survive—with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life.
Author. Activist. Victim—no more.
In her fearless memoir, My Story—the basis of the...more
Through her interviews with a wide variety of ...more
If you were broken and torn apart after reading “My Story” then this is the hope and redemption you needed to read. To see her move on and get past her tragedies and try and love and live her best life. ...more
This wasn't a bad book, but I don't think it does well what it sets out to do. The book is mainly a series of interviews that Elizabeth Smart conducts, mostly with people who have gone through some horrible event, like an assault, a loss of a loved one, or cancer, to name a few. The chapters each have a theme, like "The Red of Rage", and each chapter ends with a couple of questions to ask yourself (except for chapter 6, "Strength of Spirit". Weird). While most of the ...more
Later in the book, she expresses her faith.
I would put faith before hope.
She has conversations with different survivors, to get an insight on what helped them.
Forgiveness is so important, not so much to the perpetrator,but to the victim to help them go forward with their lives. As she stated.
I won this free book from Goodreads First Reads.
I look up to Elizabeth Smart so much. What she has done with a horrifying experience is something to be admired.
Through her journey of public speaking, writing her book, and just living she is asked often “How do you go on!” She has taken the time to interview so many people with all varying degrees of adversity and asked them how they go on and stay hopeful. Each persons story and advice is different and the way they go on is very Inspiring. There is no one way to get over tragedy, ...more
I was surprised when I couldn't put it down. I was anxious to hear the next person who had made such a positive influence in her life. Her perspective in life is admirable. She went through such a traumatic experience, yet has come out on the other side, head held high and doing amazing things. While her ...more
Elizabeth Smart is one amazing young lady and I really admire her. How do you go through what she went through and come out okay in the end? How do you take a situation that was bad and turn it into something that changes people's lives for the good? How do you have hope that things will get better?
In this book, Elizabeth interviews different people who have had a variety of struggles and hardships and asks them how they healed ...more
Where There's Hope is part memoir, part interview with a variety of people who have faced trauma and ...more
I like the idea behind this book. The author included some inspirational stories from different people who have suffered tragedy in their lives. There were some quotable quotes in this. It had an overall "feel good" feeling when it talked about strength, faith and forgiveness.
However, overall, I'm just not sure this book ...more
Hope is one of those abstract concepts. I mean…we all know kind of what it means. Hope is defined as a feeling of trust or expectation that a thing is going to happen. But sometimes, I think hope becomes a little bit ...more
While doing that, she also revisits her own story and adds little glimpses of what her life as an activist and public person is those days.
I am not at all ...more
Her book is about how to find hope ...more
By Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart shares her emotional and positive outlook on hope. By interspersing conversations with many well known leaders and voices, with her own examples of the abilities, motivations and personal growth it takes to heal.
My favorite stories were Bre Lasley (formed Fight Like Girls foundation), Rebecca Covey (formed Bridled Up Hope foundation), Diane von Fustenberg, Angeline Jackson and Mike ...more
For a moment she touches on a LDS acquaintance who came out as gay, didn't find much support from his community, and ended up dying in, her words, an accident or suicide. Given the very high rate of suicide among the LGTBQIA community in Utah, it would have been really cool of her to actually talk about ...more
Once again, the stories shared here are inspiring; the writing less so.
In fairness to Elizabeth, I think there were actually two lines in this book that made me chuckle, which is two more times than her first book, and her writing is MARKEDLY improved, but it still has a ways to go. Let's be honest, if she happens ...more
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The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely ...more