Stolen Innocence review

Summery: I don’t know how many people remember the arrest of Warren Jeffs, but I do. Stolen Innocence tells the story of Elissa Wall, a girl that was born into the sect he would end up running. She details what life was like growing up in the sect, her feelings about being forced to marry a first cousin she despised and ending up as a teenage bride at only 14. Then she talks about escaping the church, and testifying against Warren Jeffs, even at the cost of turning her mother against her.

Why I Picked It Up: Unshelved recommended it. I usually enjoy their book recommendations. I also enjoy interesting memoirs.

Why I Finished It: The book very much sucked me almost immediately. Wells doesn’t bad talk the religion she grew up in as much as she tries to explain it, although she still points out questionable parts. Still, it’s horrifying and fascinating the way the church sought to control its members. Scariest of all was Warren Jeffs, and what he did for the sake of feeling in control. He wasn’t a nice person is an understatement, and the bluntest way to put it. Also compelling is the personal struggle of Elissa, and how she makes it through everything she endures, painting the picture of a very strong young woman. In the end, it’s not only a story to explain to the world was what happening, but the story of a girl who walks through hell and survives. It’s simply amazing.

Who Would I Recommend This To: Anyone who likes inspirational stories, or wants to know more about the Warren Jeffs case.

My Rating: 5/5 It was amazing.

Note: It’s currently on sale at Amazon for the bargain book price.

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One response to “Stolen Innocence review

  1. I just don’t have it in me to read stuff like this. First of all, any situation where I feel helpless (or empathize with a person who is being abused by those who have all the power in a relationship) makes me crazy. I need to scream and often physically act out violence. Seriously, stuff like this messes with me, and it is better for me and anyone within shouting distance if I just don’t see it.

    Second, I have a hard enough time dealing with my own reality; getting a big dose of someone else’s is not what I need. What I need are happy happy fantasies, where bad things either don’t exist, or are resolved with simple direct tactics.

    That being said, you might be interested in learning about David Koresh, the guy who managed to get himself and his children killed in Waco, TX. I had a conversation with someone knowledgeable about that situation. Koresh went to extraordinary lengths to control his followers, including controlling them sexually. He distributed beer to the male members, and let them play in his rock band, then he sent them out to work to raise money for his church, and had sex with their wives. This is why he had so many children who died with him. Obviously I won’t say that all religious leaders are like that, but it does seem that control freaks are attracted to positions of authority in religious communities, and a surprising number of people are ready and willing to take on the role of “members of the flock”.

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