READ Instead // 03

My Story by Elizabeth Smart :: I wasn't planning on reading this. I was actually in the middle of another book when I picked it up. I saw it at the library just sitting on the shelf like, "Read me, Bri." So I said, "Definitely yes."

We all remember Elizabeth Smart and most likely remember where we were when we learned she'd been found. Elizabeth is only a few years older than me. I think her story hit every teenage Mormon girl in a special way. To have something like that happen to a girl that could have easily been in my Sunday School class, or even me. Elizabeth's kidnapping opened my naive eyes to the scary world. But as scary as it was, it also opened my eyes to the strength and community that is the LDS church. I remember praying that they would find her and I also remember crying when they finally did. 

This book was so wonderful and inspiring to read. Everything she went through was terrifying and tragic but she never let it break her. She has such a sweet spirit and you can feel it through her words. I definitely recommend this book. And it's a quick read, I finished it in a day. But I probably spent an equal amount of time afterward watching videos of Elizabeth and trial related things. Sometimes I get a little obsessed with things, so there's that.


  1. ahh i need to read this. her story is so sad/amazing! plus people used to mistake me for her? ha so that was kinda weird..

  2. I remember her in the news so vividly. It's the first "big case" that I followed, hoping they would find her alive and praying for her family all the time. Her Lifetime movie gets me every time it's on, her story is just so crazy! I've thought about reading this book a few times, so I think it's about time to give it a go with a recommendation like that!


  3. I did the same thing. I devoured that book! It was phenomenal, and then I searched her all over the internet! It was a great read! I recommend it too!

  4. I had to Google Elizabeth Smart. Her story made the headlines in SA once or twice, but it wasn't a story that most of us followed.

  5. Ok so that was weird. I just picked up this book at the library in the same exact way. It just seemed to beckon me from the shelf. Haven't read a book in months but am already halfway through this. Really great story, I love her attitude and spirit. Thanks for doing this Read Instead, it has inspired me to try to find more great books and watch less tv. You are an awesome blogger!