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Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up

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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

Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I did not read Elizabeth Smart's first book, 'My Story,' I received a copy of "Where There's Hope," through a Goodreads giveaway. I don't always read books of this genre, so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. But now I admit, I appreciated much of what she shared, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's easy to read and easy to read a few chapters at a time and then ponder on how much attitude has to do with one's outlook on life.
Through her interviews with a wide variety of
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where theres hope 4
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.
I received this as an ARC.
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
Sharon Huether
Elizabeth Smart tells of her kidnapping and the hope she had of being found .
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.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-books
I received this book as an advanced readers edition. This is a very powerful read to understand how different people from different background and tragedies find Hope and Healing after the situation. This book is one that I will definitely recommend to others. Life is too short. We all have the power to rise above and stronger than what has tired to pull us down. Understanding Hope and Healing is the key to our lives. Thank you for the strength to write such a powerful book.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Patricia Ann
I struggled with writing a review of this book because it is aimed at the general public as an audience. My struggle was with how a person who had been victimized or traumatized might perceive the book. I received it from GoodReads for an honest opinion. I found the book to be similar to a "cozy"mystery. Good for some purposes, enjoyable, and missing the deeper involvement and details of a James Patterson/Clive Cussler. Elizabeth Smart interweaves supportive statements, examples and instances ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from goodreads. I didn't know what to expect. I had not read Elizabeth Smart's previous book, but I recall being intrigued about her after her experiences as a 14/15 year old.

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
Melody Loomis
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Here is my review:

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
I've always felt a connection to Elizabeth Smart, probably because we're both from the Salt Lake City area, and because I sat right behind her in a sacrament meeting the year after her kidnapping ordeal (not exactly a claim to fame, but I remember watching her with her siblings and rejoicing that she seemed so normal). Anyway, I read her book partly out of this silly allegiance I feel toward her.

Where There's Hope is part memoir, part interview with a variety of people who have faced trauma and
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a difficult book for me to rate. This happened in my neck of the woods, so I feel emotionally tied to the whole story. I admire her strength and that of her parents.

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
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an uplifting book!! No matter what we go through as humans, this book goes to show us exactly how resilient we can choose to be. It's all about our choices splashed with forgiveness, endurance, our tribe that supports us, our faith, and so much more. The examples of others listed in this book will have you thinking, "wow, I didn't/don't have it so bad" in comparison. It definitely will put perspective on where you are in life, where you want to go, and are you living life to the fullest ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Smart is an amazing woman. This is a true story. As a child, she was abducted and brutally tortured and sexually assaulted during the nine months before she was rescued. In her book, Where There's Hope, Elizabeth interviews other survivors who have gone through different challenging experiences looking to discover how they coped and what got them to where they are now. Throughout the interviews, Elizabeth interjects more about the horrors she had to endure. She believes her faith and ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and loved her first book, My Story, so I picked this up as soon as it came out. It might even be better than the first book. She interviews other victims of tragedy or people who inspired her and asks them how they got through their personal hell or what makes their lives so worth living. The book is incredibly positive and hopeful. Its overall message is overwhelmingly motivating, that life is good, that terrible things can happen and that there can be hope and healing and goodness yet ...more
Amber Spencer
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely different from what I expected. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Pulling from her own horrific past, Elizabeth Smart interviews others who have gone through the most difficult trials and pulls together stories of hope and healing, bringing to light the very best of human nature and that we all have the ability to dig down deep and make of our lives what we choose, despite the worst that may happen. This book is filled with beautiful stories and huge doses ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart is the polar opposite of me: she's quiet and shy, Mormon and deeply religious. (I might add she's young and gorgeous too but that's another story.) Yet I was drawn to her story and I'm really glad I read it. It was truly inspirational and will stick with me for a long time to come. This the second book she's written, but the first one I've read. In it she interviews a random collection of people, both famous and obscure who have suffered a great loss of one type or another. Her questions ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the way this book is written. The author wrote about her own experience, but that’s not really what the book is about. This book is about many different people, in many different circumstances and how each and every one of them found the hope they needed to be able to go on.

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
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I vaguely remember the media coverage surrounding Elizabeth Smart's disappearance and subsequent rescue. She's only a year older than I am, and I didn't really pay attention to news until I got to high school at least. I remember her disappearance and her eventual rescue, but I didn't know any of the details. When I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, I decided it'd be better to have more of an understanding of her ordeal. I listened to My Story on audiobook and found it moving and ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read Elizabeth Smart's first book and enjoyed it. This one tells a little more of her story interwoven with other people's stories. There's a lot of hurt and healing expressed in this book. There's hope too. It's a very uplifting book. I am most impressed by the personal connections Smart makes with each person and what she learns from them. She's able to apply their stories to her own life past and present and expresses that very well. Smart comes across as both experienced, but also young ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, usa, ebooks
Where There's Hope was a wonderful surprise. In this book, Elizabeth Smart sets out to interview all kinds of inspiring (I don't like the word but it's the only fitting one) people who've been through various tragedies and hardships and have managed to keep going and even turn their pain into doing good things for other people in this world.

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
Hope Harbeck
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I purchased and read this book. I don’t typically read books of this type/genre. My sisters were visiting me from out of town and we went to hear Elizabeth Smart at a book signing at a local Independent book store I support. We all enjoyed it and bought her book. I have not read her first book, a memoir, with which she had help writing. She wrote this book on her own. She did a very good speaking job in spite of the fact she says she is an introvert.
Her book is about how to find hope
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up
By Elizabeth Smart
St Martin's

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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire Elizabeth Smart for all she does. This book is an easy read and pretty good. She talks to a diverse group of people and her writing style is so casual it makes me laugh, in a good way.

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
Morgan Lyons
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Meh. I should probably just stop reading her stuff (which is easy to say since she's only published two books and I've now read them both), because I'm never overly impressed by it.
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
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book through a Goodreads giveaway and having read Elizabeth Smart's first book 'My Story' this was a great follow up book to read. Elizabeth is such an inspiration and an exceptional person. Even through her trials she has carried her faith throughout her whole life. In this book she does interviews with many individuals who have suffered or experienced horrible evens and shares the different ways each one overcame and excelled or just healed. She mentions things about her ...more
Kristen Davidson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I was disappointed to read that Elizabeth’s perspective on faith is essentially “as long as it’s doing good for yourself, what/who you believe in doesn’t matter as much.” While she doesn’t say in such forthcoming words, the message is clearly there. I had a hard time looking past that reasoning. I did enjoy reading the personal stories of the people she interviewed and how they triumphed amidst adversity.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an AMAZING book! So many different perspectives with some great advice! Uplifting and encouraging! I would highly highly suggest this for everyone to read, regardless of your walk of life she has interviewed so many people with stories of encouragement! How these people have moved on and thrived after their own personal traumas. Many of the points I will definitely reflect on in times of trouble for myself! Great great book! ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. The stories in this book are almost unbelievable. How can so many people treat each other so badly. My heart cried with the people she interviewed. I rejoiced in their conquering forgiveness and not allowing their circumstances to dictate their lives. I had to read this in 2 days because it was just gut wrenching. I am so grateful to all of the people interviewed for sharing their stories. Thank you Elizabeth for writing this book
Michelle Peterson
I have put off reading books by Elizabeth Smart just because I’m highly sensitive when it comes to the abuse of children. I didn’t want to read how she was abused. I am glad I read this book. It’s a book of stories, interviews, of people who have gone through tremendous trials and how they have come through it. It’s full of hope. I would recommend it.
Robyn Weaver
I’ve gone back and forth on whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. Its a 3.5. I love that she interviewed people and put their input throughout the book, because frankly everyone is different, and does the process of healing differently. At times her jumping around felt disjointed and I didn’t like it, which is why it’s not 4 solid stars.
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