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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elissa Wall Narrator: Reneé Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women.

Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice. Offering a child's perspective on life in the FLDS, Wall discusses her tumultuous youth, explaining how her family's turbulent past intersected with her strong will and identified her as a girl who needed to be controlled through marriage. Detailing how Warren Jeffs's influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set and unrelenting pressure that forced her to wed despite her repeated protests that she was too young.

Once she was married, Wall's childhood shattered as she was obligated to follow Jeffs's directives and submit to her husband in mind, body, and soul. With little money and no knowledge of the outside world, she was trapped and forced to endure the pain and abuse of her loveless relationship. Yet even in those bleak times, she retained a sliver of hope that one day she would find a way out, and one snowy night that came in the form of a rugged stranger named Lamont Barlow. Their chance encounter set in motion a friendship and eventual romance that gave her the strength she needed to break free from her past and sever the chains of the church. But though she was out of the FLDS, Wall would still have to face Jeffs---this time in court. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/1/2014

    " This was a bit of a tough read because at times it was repetitive, but it picked up after the first few chapters. It was interesting reading about another person's beliefs that are so different from my own. Worth a go, but be patient it gets boring here and there "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/26/2014

    " Gross but fascinating and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl Goodwin | 1/25/2014

    " Cultish type stories both horrify and fascinate me. Yes, I know the FLDS is technically considered a cult but if it's not then there's a very fine line between the two. Elisa was very brave for being able to 'see' and get herself out of her religion and find happiness. There is a lot of insight into the FLDS religion, the author was raised from birth in it. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maxine | 1/24/2014

    " Oh my that's scary. Cult's are scary unless Ian Astbury is involved. "

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About the Author

Elissa Wall is a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who was forced into marriage at age fourteen. She left the FLDS at age eighteen and currently resides with her two children and her husband, Lamont.