Where There's Hope
Elizabeth Smart follows up her #1 New York Times bestseller, My Story—about being held in captivity as a teenager, and how she managed to survive—with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life.Author. Activist. Victim—no more.In her fearless memoir, My Story—the basis of the Lifetime Original movie I Am Elizabeth Smart—Elizabeth detailed, for the first time, the horror behind the headlines of her abduction by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Since then, she’s married, become a mother, and traveled the world as the president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, sharing her story with the intent of helping others along the way.Over and over, Elizabeth is asked the same question: How do you find the hope to go on? In this book, Elizabeth returns to the horrific experiences she endured, and the hard-won lessons she learned, to provide answers. She also calls upon others who have dealt with adversity—victims of violence, disease, war, and loss—to explore the pathways toward hope. Through conversations with such well-known voices as Anne Romney, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Mandy Patinkin, to spiritual leaders Archbishop John C. Wester and Elder Richard Hinckley, to her own parents, Elizabeth uncovers an even greater sense of solace and understanding. Where There’s Hope is the result of Elizabeth’s mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

Where There's Hope Details

TitleWhere There's Hope
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250115522
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Self Help

Where There's Hope Review

  • Janell
    January 1, 1970
    Although I did not read Elizabeth Smart's first book, 'My Story,' I received a copy of "Where There's Hope," through a Goodreads giveaway. I don't always read books of this genre, so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. But now I admit, I appreciated much of what she shared, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's easy to read and easy to read a few chapters at a time and then ponder on how much attitude has to do with one's outlook on life. Through her interviews with a wide variety of individ Although I did not read Elizabeth Smart's first book, 'My Story,' I received a copy of "Where There's Hope," through a Goodreads giveaway. I don't always read books of this genre, so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. But now I admit, I appreciated much of what she shared, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's easy to read and easy to read a few chapters at a time and then ponder on how much attitude has to do with one's outlook on life. Through her interviews with a wide variety of individuals who have suffered at the hands of others, Ms. Smart shares the different ways each one overcame adversity. Some said after being depressed for awhile, they were then able to move on. Others recognized they were still in control of their destiny more quickly and put past abuses, disabilities, etc. behind them. Perhaps one of my favorite takeaways is this: Life is meant to be full of struggle. We are meant to be challenged and even when we reach the top of one summit, there will always be another. It seems that writing this second book was probably cathartic for the author who begins to recognize that she can forgive her captors, as incredibly difficult as that seems. She borrows a quote from Dr. Paul Jenkins: "Snakes are going to be snakes. Forgiveness is about acknowledging that the snake is a snake and if it bites you, you're not going to chase it down. You're going to focus on getting the venom out of your system." Smart points out, that forgiveness often isn't about the other person. In fact, sometimes in the case of her captors, they couldn't care less if she ever forgave them. But as long as she holds on to her anger and hatred for those people, it keeps her from moving on and all that hatred continues to boil inside of her. She realizes, an essential part of healing is having a goal that pulls one in a positive direction. Smart uses her love for playing the harp to distract her from the nine months of horrors she experienced after being kidnapped, to redirect her energy toward something positive. This book would make an appropriate gift for someone struggling with any one of life's many challenges.
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  • Sharon Huether
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Smart tells of her kidnapping and the hope she had of being found . Later in the book, she expresses her faith.I would put faith before hope.She has conversations with different survivors, to get an insight on what helped them.Forgiveness is so important, not so much to the perpetrator,but to the victim to help them go forward with their lives. As she stated.I won this free book from Goodreads First Reads.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced readers edition. This is a very powerful read to understand how different people from different background and tragedies find Hope and Healing after the situation. This book is one that I will definitely recommend to others. Life is too short. We all have the power to rise above and stronger than what has tired to pull us down. Understanding Hope and Healing is the key to our lives. Thank you for the strength to write such a powerful book.
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  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Here is my review: Elizabeth Smart is one amazing young lady and I really admire her. How do you go through what she went through and come out okay in the end? How do you take a situation that was bad and turn it into something that changes people's lives for the good? How do you have hope that things will get better? In this book, Elizabeth interviews different people who have had a variety of struggles and hardships and asks them how they healed an I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Here is my review: Elizabeth Smart is one amazing young lady and I really admire her. How do you go through what she went through and come out okay in the end? How do you take a situation that was bad and turn it into something that changes people's lives for the good? How do you have hope that things will get better? In this book, Elizabeth interviews different people who have had a variety of struggles and hardships and asks them how they healed and moved on. Throughout, Elizabeth talks about her own experiences with healing and how her family and faith helped her through those dark days. As I was reading it, I even got teary-eyed at a few parts. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your story and helping others who suffer find a way to their own path to healing.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from goodreads. I didn't know what to expect. I had not read Elizabeth Smart's previous book, but I recall being intrigued about her after her experiences as a 14/15 year old. I was surprised when I couldn't put it down. I was anxious to hear the next person who had made such a positive influence in her life. Her perspective in life is admirable. She went through such a traumatic experience, yet has come out on the other side, head held high and doing amazing things. While her ki I won this book from goodreads. I didn't know what to expect. I had not read Elizabeth Smart's previous book, but I recall being intrigued about her after her experiences as a 14/15 year old. I was surprised when I couldn't put it down. I was anxious to hear the next person who had made such a positive influence in her life. Her perspective in life is admirable. She went through such a traumatic experience, yet has come out on the other side, head held high and doing amazing things. While her kidnapping is mentioned, it is not the soul focus of the book - and I appreciated that. The insight and balance from that part of her life, her life now, and the people who influenced her - was utter perfection.Thank you for writing this book. I think anyone who reads it may take a different approach on different things going on in their lives. I know there are things that I will perceive differently.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Smart is an amazing woman. This is a true story. As a child, she was abducted and brutally tortured and sexually assaulted during the nine months before she was rescued. In her book, Where There's Hope, Elizabeth interviews other survivors who have gone through different challenging experiences looking to discover how they coped and what got them to where they are now. Throughout the interviews, Elizabeth interjects more about the horrors she had to endure. She believes her faith and l Elizabeth Smart is an amazing woman. This is a true story. As a child, she was abducted and brutally tortured and sexually assaulted during the nine months before she was rescued. In her book, Where There's Hope, Elizabeth interviews other survivors who have gone through different challenging experiences looking to discover how they coped and what got them to where they are now. Throughout the interviews, Elizabeth interjects more about the horrors she had to endure. She believes her faith and love of her family carried her through her ordeal. She is curious what her interviewees relied on to help them survive.This is a well written book that flows seamlessly from one interview to another. I'm so appreciative that I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.
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  • Amy Vey
    January 1, 1970
    What an uplifting book!! No matter what we go through as humans, this book goes to show us exactly how resilient we can choose to be. It's all about our choices splashed with forgiveness, endurance, our tribe that supports us, our faith, and so much more. The examples of others listed in this book will have you thinking, "wow, I didn't/don't have it so bad" in comparison. It definitely will put perspective on where you are in life, where you want to go, and are you living life to the fullest tod What an uplifting book!! No matter what we go through as humans, this book goes to show us exactly how resilient we can choose to be. It's all about our choices splashed with forgiveness, endurance, our tribe that supports us, our faith, and so much more. The examples of others listed in this book will have you thinking, "wow, I didn't/don't have it so bad" in comparison. It definitely will put perspective on where you are in life, where you want to go, and are you living life to the fullest today and everyday? I was an ARC winner of this book, and was grateful I had the opportunity to do so. Thoroughly enjoyable and hard to put down! Definitely a book to put the perspective into life, especially at the holidays. Passing on and sharing!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC.This wasn't a bad book, but I don't think it does well what it sets out to do. The book is mainly a series of interviews that Elizabeth Smart conducts, mostly with people who have gone through some horrible event, like an assault, a loss of a loved one, or cancer, to name a few. The chapters each have a theme, like "The Red of Rage", and each chapter ends with a couple of questions to ask yourself (except for chapter 6, "Strength of Spirit". Weird). While most of the st I received this as an ARC.This wasn't a bad book, but I don't think it does well what it sets out to do. The book is mainly a series of interviews that Elizabeth Smart conducts, mostly with people who have gone through some horrible event, like an assault, a loss of a loved one, or cancer, to name a few. The chapters each have a theme, like "The Red of Rage", and each chapter ends with a couple of questions to ask yourself (except for chapter 6, "Strength of Spirit". Weird). While most of the stories told are gripping -- Elizabeth Smart's own story among them -- they're more inspirational than instructional. I'm not saying this isn't worth a read -- if you're looking for tales of people who have made the most out of horrible situations, then this is absolutely for you -- but if you're looking to use this as a self-help tool, it's probably not going to do much for you. For example, you've probably heard that forgiveness is important before, and this doesn't give you any great insight on how to forgive. One suggestion is to set a date to forgive someone, but the how you can actually let go is harder. Much of the lessons are like that: things you've probably heard before, but not very in-depth. This book is about stories, so if you want to read it, read it for that. There's lots of tragic events described, so you probably won't want to read it all in one sitting, as even though it's a book about overcoming, the bad things that have happened to people can weigh on you, making you depressed or angry at all the horrible things in the world.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Linda Epach
    January 1, 1970
    "Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up" by Elizabeth Smart was anassortment of stories/interviews with people who like Elizabeth Smart have managed to survive a horrific event. Very inspirational book filled with faith and grace. She is a remarkable young woman as are the people included in her book. It is an easy read and something you can read as chapters and walk away as each chapter is a stand alone.
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  • Patricia Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I struggled with writing a review of this book because it is aimed at the general public as an audience. My struggle was with how a person who had been victimized or traumatized might perceive the book. I received it from GoodReads for an honest opinion. I found the book to be similar to a "cozy"mystery. Good for some purposes, enjoyable, and missing the deeper involvement and details of a James Patterson/Clive Cussler. Elizabeth Smart interweaves supportive statements, examples and instances fr I struggled with writing a review of this book because it is aimed at the general public as an audience. My struggle was with how a person who had been victimized or traumatized might perceive the book. I received it from GoodReads for an honest opinion. I found the book to be similar to a "cozy"mystery. Good for some purposes, enjoyable, and missing the deeper involvement and details of a James Patterson/Clive Cussler. Elizabeth Smart interweaves supportive statements, examples and instances from her own life, with conversations from other people who have dealt with trauma. She mentions self care, the importance of support systems, of family, of "letting go" as forgiveness, living with purpose. Perhaps the most concise and valuable statements in the book are "Was today worth living over again? What am I going to do differently tomorrow? What am I doing to live on purpose?" However, I question that she negates the role of psychotherapy when she alludes to it two times. "Positive therapy" as mentioned has it's place. However for those without support systems, for those who don't know HOW to take care of self, for those who have been beaten into believing they are worthless , a huge element of specificity is lacking. I truly wish she would at least have added an addendum for other books. I truly wish she wouldn't have brushed off and diminished the role of a caring, effective psychotherapist who specializes in abuse for those whose innocence has been killed. I'm not saying that EVERYONE needs psychotherapy, but there are those who it is so valuable, so necessary even if it has not been "as bad as some others". All in all, the book reminds me of those little "Seven Steps" books. Superficial, a good easy read that motivates, that appeals to the emotions, but doesn't tell how to take those Seven Steps when you're going up on a down escalator.
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  • Stephanie Price
    January 1, 1970
    I won an advance copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway. The book comes out at the end of March 2018. I have always been really interested in Elizabeth Smart's story and how she has been able to turn something awful into something powerful and influential as she helps so many other people. I read her first book "My Story" and really enjoyed it, but was curious to hear a little bit more about what happened afterwards and how she was able to adjust and move forward. So I was really interested I won an advance copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway. The book comes out at the end of March 2018. I have always been really interested in Elizabeth Smart's story and how she has been able to turn something awful into something powerful and influential as she helps so many other people. I read her first book "My Story" and really enjoyed it, but was curious to hear a little bit more about what happened afterwards and how she was able to adjust and move forward. So I was really interested in those tidbits that were spread throughout as well as hearing stories from many other people that she interviewed who have gone through terrible things and have been able to move forward. I love stories and learn well from them, so having so many stories throughout the book was really nice. I thought the organization and flow of thoughts was a little off though. It kind of felt like the meandering of her train of thoughts and not quite clear or concise enough. It was split into different sections based on what aspect of healing/moving forward she was talking about, but still within each section it felt kind of meandering. Some things may still be changed before the final edition, but I felt like it could use a little more editing. But even with all of that I really enjoyed reading this book and found many of the stories and experiences fascinating! 5 stars for the person Elizabeth Smart is and how she sought to share so many other people's stories as well. 3 stars for the organization/flow.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    "We all leave this earth. We all die, and we don't get to know what comes next. It takes a lot of courage just to live life."In "My Story", Elizabeth Smart put into words the account of her kidnapping and captivity. This book doesn't rehash that experience, other than a few paragraphs here and there. Mostly, this book is about how Elizabeth Smart was able to keep her faith and heal from the trauma she experienced. In each section, Elizabeth explores a different aspect of her faith and how her ex "We all leave this earth. We all die, and we don't get to know what comes next. It takes a lot of courage just to live life."In "My Story", Elizabeth Smart put into words the account of her kidnapping and captivity. This book doesn't rehash that experience, other than a few paragraphs here and there. Mostly, this book is about how Elizabeth Smart was able to keep her faith and heal from the trauma she experienced. In each section, Elizabeth explores a different aspect of her faith and how her experiences have affected that faith. She interviews others who have also experienced trauma and discusses the methods by which they have healed from their pain. She interviews her mother, Ann Romney, Diane von Furstenberg (whose memoir was also inspirational), and others whose stories of survival are intensely powerful. I was moved by their stories, and inspired by their desire not just to survive but to live a full life.Elizabeth's faith plays such an important part of her story that it would be impossible for her to write about herself without speaking of her Mormon faith. At no point, however, did her references to her faith feel preachy or condescending. She interviewed other people of her own faith but she also interviewed people of other faiths. She was always considerate, kind, and open, always showing respect for the beliefs of others. I was very impressed by her maturity and concern for others. Elizabeth is an impressive young woman.I received this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
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  • LD
    January 1, 1970
    I had two initial assumptions when I received an advanced reader's copy of this book: 1.) the author would be divulging intimate details of her kidnapping and 2.) the self-help message would be dominated by religion. The foreword quickly dispelled both of my assumptions. The purpose of the book is to discuss resilience, hope, and moving forward with respected individuals or people of importance in Elizabeth Smart's life. I didn't find any earth-shattering revelations or advice, but the general s I had two initial assumptions when I received an advanced reader's copy of this book: 1.) the author would be divulging intimate details of her kidnapping and 2.) the self-help message would be dominated by religion. The foreword quickly dispelled both of my assumptions. The purpose of the book is to discuss resilience, hope, and moving forward with respected individuals or people of importance in Elizabeth Smart's life. I didn't find any earth-shattering revelations or advice, but the general sentiment is lovely. Everybody's life is peppered with adversity and what truly sets people apart is how the recover from hardship. This is vastly different from the type of book I usually read, but it was enjoyable and it would be a great book to pick up for a light read.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a giveaway and am so glad that I did. I have not read her first book , and truthfully I would never have thought to get this book on my own to read. Elizabeth Smart writes an inspiring book. She gives a little of her own background and what inspires her and she has interviewed several people who have suffered hardships or setbacks and their testimony about their ongoing faith and positive outlook for their future is inspiring. When I would finish one chapter I couldn't wa I received this book in a giveaway and am so glad that I did. I have not read her first book , and truthfully I would never have thought to get this book on my own to read. Elizabeth Smart writes an inspiring book. She gives a little of her own background and what inspires her and she has interviewed several people who have suffered hardships or setbacks and their testimony about their ongoing faith and positive outlook for their future is inspiring. When I would finish one chapter I couldn't wait to move on to the next one to find out who she interviewed and what their story and encouraging message was. This book is written for everyone and anyone who likes to be lifted up by their reading.
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  • Tennille
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a First Reads book from Goodreads.This was a well written, thought provoking book, with splashes of humor. It does not shy away from the harsh realities of life, but it always has a hopeful, uplifting view of the future. While interviewing people who have faced great difficulties in life, Elizabeth's refrain is that we are not what happens to us in life, but how we choose to respond to it. I especially like the fact that she included a section in the back of the book with I received this book as a First Reads book from Goodreads.This was a well written, thought provoking book, with splashes of humor. It does not shy away from the harsh realities of life, but it always has a hopeful, uplifting view of the future. While interviewing people who have faced great difficulties in life, Elizabeth's refrain is that we are not what happens to us in life, but how we choose to respond to it. I especially like the fact that she included a section in the back of the book with resources from the people she interviewed.I would recommend this book to anyone, and plan to keep it on hand for anytime I need a pick me up or a refreshed outlook on life.
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  • Ione
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as part of the Giveaway and am glad I had the opportunity to read it. It is a fast read but well written and has a good message. I appreciate that Ms. Smart did not force feed her audience religious accolades. Instead, she talks about her faith and at the same time is very respectful of others. I find this refreshing, especially in today's world. By interviewing people with varied backgrounds, lifestyles and faiths she has made this a book that should touch a wide audience.
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  • Meagan
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a giveaway. Before receiving my copy, I did not really know what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised while reading. Elizabeth Smart retells bits and pieces of her story while she interviews others who she finds to be inspiring in some way. I found myself struggling to put the book down at times because I wanted to hear from the next person, and see how their stories connected back to Elizabeth's life. She offers a positive, but realistic point of view whil I won this book in a giveaway. Before receiving my copy, I did not really know what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised while reading. Elizabeth Smart retells bits and pieces of her story while she interviews others who she finds to be inspiring in some way. I found myself struggling to put the book down at times because I wanted to hear from the next person, and see how their stories connected back to Elizabeth's life. She offers a positive, but realistic point of view while discussing how to overcome obstacles in life and move on from them.
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  • Judie Dooley
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from goodreads. Thank you for picking my name. I really enjoyed the first part of this book where Elizabeth Smart was telling her experience about being kidnapped and then her time after where she had to come to terms with finding forgiveness of her captives,. The rest of the book was about other people who has survived tragedys a nd had to come to terms with them and find their way to move forward .
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  • Dorothy Mariotti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Goodreads and the author, Elizabeth Smart, for the opportunity to read the novel, Where There's Hope. It is a testimony to those who have horrific events in their lives but, through it all, continue to move forward and to hope. The people's stories in the book brings tears to your eyes and, also, gives you hope that, no matter, what challenges comes to our lives that we can find faith to overcome.
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  • Krista-Lise
    January 1, 1970
    She was kidnapped then beaten and raped for 9 months by a psychotic wannabe religious zealot and his brainwashed wife. This woman is my hero. She turned all of her darkness into light. I don't think I have ever read a story that has made me cry so much. She has more strength than most people have in a freaking lifetime. I don't know how she did it. I will forever be floored and her story will forever be my inspiration. Do not wait, do not pass go. Just go out and read her story.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways. Where There's Hope by Elizabeth Smart is an inspiring story of survivors overcoming traumatic events.This book contains conversations Elizabeth Smart has with survivors who have overcome difficult traumatic events. Where There's Hope shows you can overcome trauma. Don't give up. You can find peace. You can heal.
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  • Stephanie Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. I have always thought that Elizabeth must be one of the strongest young women in the world, and now I know it to be fact after reading this book. She has a successful life and is fulfilling her dreams one step at a time, regardless of what happened to her when she was a child.
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  • Aletha Pagett
    January 1, 1970
    The essence of this powerful book can be summed up in a quote from its pages. "Where will I find the strength to survive? And how will I find the strength to forgive?"Elizabeth Smart, a survivor of horrendous trauma, interviews other survivors to shine the light of hope on our lives.I received this book through Goodreads.
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  • Will
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.Elizabeth Smart weaves experiences from her life, bad as well as good, with those of the famous (e.g. Diane von Furstenberg, Mandy Patinkin) and not-so-famous she interviews in pursuit of understanding how to face struggles in life and to leave them behind.
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book was an excellent showcase of bravery and courage. I am Glad Elizabeth had Faith in God to keep her strong, and courage enough to tell her story. She is a beautiful women, an excellent story teller and a true warrior. Thank you for the advance book copy.
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  • Alexandria
    January 1, 1970
    Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up is a great book i am so happy to have this book thanks. her strength and faith is amazing this will give hope to many people.
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Smart has written of her horrifying experience and how she was able to come through it and move forward in her life. Her faith, her courage, and her strong will shine through. Elizabeth is an extraordinary young lady and her book is amazing.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is an uplifting, heartfelt compendium of selected insights from conversations with those who have faced challenges and moved forward. I admire Elizabeth Smart for her strength, hope, and humanity. The book doesn't provide a recipe for recovery, but instead it provides inspiration by example.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.Coming from an experience that was horrific the author shows her resilience in this book. Sharing how hope can help us survive everyday suffering in a very readable non-preachy way.
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