Book Review: Stolen Innocence

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Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, & Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer

The book walks through her life from her point of view. She discusses with great detail what it was like to grow up in the The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) & her escape from the sect.

She went through a lot of torment during her life in the FLDS. It took a lot of courage to get out & go up against Warren Jeffs (the prophet) for his role in what happened to her.

Her family was ripped apart on many occasions at the order of the prophet, because the prophet could order wives to leave their husbands for a time or reassign them to different husbands. The prophet ordered it to happen on more than one occasion. She always felt abandoned every time that they were ordered away & every time that one of her siblings either got married or were forced out of the sect or left on their own.

As the title suggests she was a teenage bride. She was forced to marry at the age of 14 to her 19 year old cousin, whom she couldn’t stand. He was extremely abusive. She endured for 4 years of marriage to him.

With the help of a guy she started seeing in secret towards the end of her marriage, she was able to get out. It took time, but it finally happened. She was able to reunite with all of her siblings that had either left or were forced out in previous years. She also ended up marrying the boyfriend & they have 2 children together.

She did end up leaving behind her mom & 2 youngest sisters at the time she left, which was the only thing that kept her from leaving earlier. At the end of the book we find her still hoping that they will decide to leave.