Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an amazing book for me to read. I have been interested in the FLDS culture and religion for a long time, about 6-7 years since moving to Southern Utah. Obviously, its close to my heart because we are close in proximity to the Colorado City/Hildale community. We shop at the same Walmart. :)
So I began reading this book not realizing that it was about the criminal trial of Warren Jeffs in 2007-2008. I checked it out from the library and the only thing that I knew was that it was an account of a young girl's story of being raised FLDS and then leaving the community.
Halfway through the book, as I was looking through the pictures I realized that I worked with the author in 2006. We worked together at a daycare center, she was the "teacher" in charge of my son for a short time before leaving the center. He loved her. I loved her because she was kind to my son and I in our time of struggle adjusting to working/daycare after me being with him for his first 10 months. Our children are the same ages and I immediately recognized her son from the daycare center.
So obviously, the second half of the book spoke to me in a different way. This wasn't just any young girl's story. This was a woman that had cared for my son. She was real. Living. Breathing. Caring woman. Who had been through so much.
I was deeply touched by what she has been through and what she is going through now. I wish I could have known more when we were in contact, because my heart just bleeds for her and what she was going through.
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