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
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Self Help, Biography, Inspirational

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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  • Rissa
    January 1, 1970
    Where theres hope 4⭐If you were broken and torn apart after reading “My Story” then this is the hope and redemption you needed to read. To see her move on and get past her tragedies and try and love and live her best life. Where theres hope 4⭐️If you were broken and torn apart after reading “My Story” then this is the hope and redemption you needed to read. To see her move on and get past her tragedies and try and love and live her best life.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    This is a difficult book for me to rate. This happened in my neck of the woods, so I feel emotionally tied to the whole story. I admire her strength and that of her parents. I like the idea behind this book. The author included some inspirational stories from different people who have suffered tragedy in their lives. There were some quotable quotes in this. It had an overall "feel good" feeling when it talked about strength, faith and forgiveness.However, overall, I'm just not sure this book (th This is a difficult book for me to rate. This happened in my neck of the woods, so I feel emotionally tied to the whole story. I admire her strength and that of her parents. I like the idea behind this book. The author included some inspirational stories from different people who have suffered tragedy in their lives. There were some quotable quotes in this. It had an overall "feel good" feeling when it talked about strength, faith and forgiveness.However, overall, I'm just not sure this book (the audio version) was entirely successful. I listened to the audio and I don't recommend it. I think reading the pages would have been better. I'm usually a big fan of authors reading their own autobiographies, but this one didn't work for me. For being laden with emotional stories, there wasn't any emotion in her voice. It was all done so pleasantly and stoically. While I can admire both of those qualities, I don't think it worked for the audio. If this was just any ole book, I'd rate it 3 stars. But I think I can overlook my audio dislike to give this 4 stars.
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  • Amber Spencer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was completely different from what I expected. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Pulling from her own horrific past, Elizabeth Smart interviews others who have gone through the most difficult trials and pulls together stories of hope and healing, bringing to light the very best of human nature and that we all have the ability to dig down deep and make of our lives what we choose, despite the worst that may happen. This book is filled with beautiful stories and huge doses o This book was completely different from what I expected. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Pulling from her own horrific past, Elizabeth Smart interviews others who have gone through the most difficult trials and pulls together stories of hope and healing, bringing to light the very best of human nature and that we all have the ability to dig down deep and make of our lives what we choose, despite the worst that may happen. This book is filled with beautiful stories and huge doses of hope and peace.
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  • Larry
    January 1, 1970
    I read and loved her first book, My Story, so I picked this up as soon as it came out. It might even be better than the first book. She interviews other victims of tragedy or people who inspired her and asks them how they got through their personal hell or what makes their lives so worth living. The book is incredibly positive and hopeful. Its overall message is overwhelmingly motivating, that life is good, that terrible things can happen and that there can be hope and healing and goodness yet t I read and loved her first book, My Story, so I picked this up as soon as it came out. It might even be better than the first book. She interviews other victims of tragedy or people who inspired her and asks them how they got through their personal hell or what makes their lives so worth living. The book is incredibly positive and hopeful. Its overall message is overwhelmingly motivating, that life is good, that terrible things can happen and that there can be hope and healing and goodness yet to come. I flew through it and would recommend it to anyone.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the way this book is written. The author wrote about her own experience, but that’s not really what the book is about. This book is about many different people, in many different circumstances and how each and every one of them found the hope they needed to be able to go on.Hope is one of those abstract concepts. I mean…we all know kind of what it means. Hope is defined as a feeling of trust or expectation that a thing is going to happen. But sometimes, I think hope becomes a little bit I loved the way this book is written. The author wrote about her own experience, but that’s not really what the book is about. This book is about many different people, in many different circumstances and how each and every one of them found the hope they needed to be able to go on.Hope is one of those abstract concepts. I mean…we all know kind of what it means. Hope is defined as a feeling of trust or expectation that a thing is going to happen. But sometimes, I think hope becomes a little bit different, it becomes almost an impetus, a force that helps us be able to get up from a hard situation and keep going anyway. That’s the kind of hope the author was really talking about in this one. I loved something that the author said a couple of times in this one. She talks about being able to forgive, because if we can’t forgive we can’t really have hope. But something she said was that her mom told her that the “best punishment she could ever give to those that had hurt her was to be happy.” That’s really true for all of us. It isn’t going to hurt anyone who hurts us in any way for us to hang on to our hurts, but it will hurt us. We all need to learn to be happy with everything we’ve been given, whether it was in the past or in the present. That’s probably something that I personally needed, but it’s something that really stood out to me as I read this one.When my husband and I bought this book, we was able to meet the author. She was gracious and sweet. I’m grateful that I got the chance to meet her.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    I read Elizabeth Smart's first book and enjoyed it. This one tells a little more of her story interwoven with other people's stories. There's a lot of hurt and healing expressed in this book. There's hope too. It's a very uplifting book. I am most impressed by the personal connections Smart makes with each person and what she learns from them. She's able to apply their stories to her own life past and present and expresses that very well. Smart comes across as both experienced, but also young wi I read Elizabeth Smart's first book and enjoyed it. This one tells a little more of her story interwoven with other people's stories. There's a lot of hurt and healing expressed in this book. There's hope too. It's a very uplifting book. I am most impressed by the personal connections Smart makes with each person and what she learns from them. She's able to apply their stories to her own life past and present and expresses that very well. Smart comes across as both experienced, but also young with clearly a lot more of life to live. The story she shares that touched me the most is Chris Williams' story, which I've also heard elsewhere. I am very happy she includes how to learn more about each person. I have added several books about and by some of her interviewees to my Goodreads to-read list. I like this book, but I don't really love it. Why? Maybe because it seems to skim too much on the surface of some of these people's stories. Maybe because each person's story could be more powerful on its own, yet Smart always brings it back to herself which makes it seem a little self centered and a little less powerful. I know it's her book, so that's okay. I just would have liked to read more in depth about some of the people she interview's lives and experiences. At the same time, I understand her approach and I think it's well done and makes sense for who she is. She's clearly representing herself as much or more than those she interviews and that's appropriate.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    I vaguely remember the media coverage surrounding Elizabeth Smart's disappearance and subsequent rescue. She's only a year older than I am, and I didn't really pay attention to news until I got to high school at least. I remember her disappearance and her eventual rescue, but I didn't know any of the details. When I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, I decided it'd be better to have more of an understanding of her ordeal. I listened to My Story on audiobook and found it moving and I vaguely remember the media coverage surrounding Elizabeth Smart's disappearance and subsequent rescue. She's only a year older than I am, and I didn't really pay attention to news until I got to high school at least. I remember her disappearance and her eventual rescue, but I didn't know any of the details. When I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, I decided it'd be better to have more of an understanding of her ordeal. I listened to My Story on audiobook and found it moving and uplifting.The subject of Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up is fairly self-explanatory. What I appreciated most about the book, though, is that it's not just Smart's story of moving on from her ordeal. In each chapter, she interviews one or two people who have been through or are currently dealing with difficult circumstances, and she doesn't shy away from those whose stories are far different than her own. In this way, it's not Smart telling the reader there's only one way to move on and that's her way. Instead, she presents other peoples' stories and examples in ways that allow the reader to see there are many roads to recovery. I also found the book to be well structured. Smart uses the interviews as well as her own experiences to highlight the themes of each chapter, among them hope, loss, faith, forgiveness, and more.The one quibble I had is that during one chapter, a mother who lost her daughter to suicide after not being weaned off properly advises alternatives to antidepressants such as exercise and being in nature. The truth is just that everyone needs a different combination of healing options. While certain people do react poorly to antidepressants, they're extremely helpful for other people. I just think it's a tricky topic and Smart could've spent a bit more time on it.Nonfiction, especially titles in the self-help category, tends to be subjective in a different way than fiction, so I find that I can't really judge this book or recommend it in the way I do novels. The only thing I can say is that if you are even a little bit intrigued, it's probably worth picking up.Overall, I really enjoyed this reading experience. I dogeared a lot of pages and quotes to return to. I'm probably going to pass this on to my mom because I think she'd appreciate it, too. One of the marks of a really good book, for me, is if it keeps me thinking afterward, and this one certainly has.I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway without the obligation to review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Where There's Hope was a wonderful surprise. In this book, Elizabeth Smart sets out to interview all kinds of inspiring (I don't like the word but it's the only fitting one) people who've been through various tragedies and hardships and have managed to keep going and even turn their pain into doing good things for other people in this world. While doing that, she also revisits her own story and adds little glimpses of what her life as an activist and public person is those days. I am not at all Where There's Hope was a wonderful surprise. In this book, Elizabeth Smart sets out to interview all kinds of inspiring (I don't like the word but it's the only fitting one) people who've been through various tragedies and hardships and have managed to keep going and even turn their pain into doing good things for other people in this world. While doing that, she also revisits her own story and adds little glimpses of what her life as an activist and public person is those days. I am not at all a spiritual person, and while Elizabeth's faith is of course present all over the book, she never tries to impose it on the reader and she's super careful to be respectful of everyone. I really liked that a lot. And even as an atheist who doesn't even like (understatement if I ever wrote one) self-help books, I found Where There's Hope to be truly helpful and uplifting. I also want to add how much I appreciated the chapter about LGBT rights (which, to be honest, I REALLY wasn't expecting in this book) and again how truly respectful Elizabeth Smart was on that topic all book long.
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  • Hope Harbeck
    January 1, 1970
    I am glad I purchased and read this book. I don’t typically read books of this type/genre. My sisters were visiting me from out of town and we went to hear Elizabeth Smart at a book signing at a local Independent book store I support. We all enjoyed it and bought her book. I have not read her first book, a memoir, with which she had help writing. She wrote this book on her own. She did a very good speaking job in spite of the fact she says she is an introvert. Her book is about how to find hope I am glad I purchased and read this book. I don’t typically read books of this type/genre. My sisters were visiting me from out of town and we went to hear Elizabeth Smart at a book signing at a local Independent book store I support. We all enjoyed it and bought her book. I have not read her first book, a memoir, with which she had help writing. She wrote this book on her own. She did a very good speaking job in spite of the fact she says she is an introvert. Her book is about how to find hope in this world when you have gone through tragedy or adversity of all kinds. She does this by interviewing people who have experienced violence, health issues, war, suicide of a family member, accidents and more. I found this book to be an informative easy read. Each chapter is about a different subject, hope, Faith, loss, forgiveness, living with a purpose and more. You can read a chapter at a time and come back to the book later.
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  • Alycia
    January 1, 1970
    I admire Elizabeth Smart for all she does. This book is an easy read and pretty good. She talks to a diverse group of people and her writing style is so casual it makes me laugh, in a good way. For a moment she touches on a LDS acquaintance who came out as gay, didn't find much support from his community, and ended up dying in, her words, an accident or suicide. Given the very high rate of suicide among the LGTBQIA community in Utah, it would have been really cool of her to actually talk about t I admire Elizabeth Smart for all she does. This book is an easy read and pretty good. She talks to a diverse group of people and her writing style is so casual it makes me laugh, in a good way. For a moment she touches on a LDS acquaintance who came out as gay, didn't find much support from his community, and ended up dying in, her words, an accident or suicide. Given the very high rate of suicide among the LGTBQIA community in Utah, it would have been really cool of her to actually talk about this, but she skips it. Which is disappointing and too bad because she calls out a number of other people for their really bad behavior, including an uncle and Nancy Grace. Maybe she will shine the light on the practices of her own church in the next book.
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  • Morgan Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. I should probably just stop reading her stuff (which is easy to say since she's only published two books and I've now read them both), because I'm never overly impressed by it. Once again, the stories shared here are inspiring; the writing less so. In fairness to Elizabeth, I think there were actually two lines in this book that made me chuckle, which is two more times than her first book, and her writing is MARKEDLY improved, but it still has a ways to go. Let's be honest, if she happens t Meh. I should probably just stop reading her stuff (which is easy to say since she's only published two books and I've now read them both), because I'm never overly impressed by it. Once again, the stories shared here are inspiring; the writing less so. In fairness to Elizabeth, I think there were actually two lines in this book that made me chuckle, which is two more times than her first book, and her writing is MARKEDLY improved, but it still has a ways to go. Let's be honest, if she happens to put out another book 10 years down the road, I'll probably give it a read, but I'm not waiting on baited breath.
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  • Dena
    January 1, 1970
    I was given this book through a Goodreads giveaway and having read Elizabeth Smart's first book 'My Story' this was a great follow up book to read. Elizabeth is such an inspiration and an exceptional person. Even through her trials she has carried her faith throughout her whole life. In this book she does interviews with many individuals who have suffered or experienced horrible evens and shares the different ways each one overcame and excelled or just healed. She mentions things about her kidna I was given this book through a Goodreads giveaway and having read Elizabeth Smart's first book 'My Story' this was a great follow up book to read. Elizabeth is such an inspiration and an exceptional person. Even through her trials she has carried her faith throughout her whole life. In this book she does interviews with many individuals who have suffered or experienced horrible evens and shares the different ways each one overcame and excelled or just healed. She mentions things about her kidnapping but it’s not the focus of the whole book. Great read.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible. The stories in this book are almost unbelievable. How can so many people treat each other so badly. My heart cried with the people she interviewed. I rejoiced in their conquering forgiveness and not allowing their circumstances to dictate their lives. I had to read this in 2 days because it was just gut wrenching. I am so grateful to all of the people interviewed for sharing their stories. Thank you Elizabeth for writing this book
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  • Chrysta
    January 1, 1970
    This was an AMAZING book! So many different perspectives with some great advice! Uplifting and encouraging! I would highly highly suggest this for everyone to read, regardless of your walk of life she has interviewed so many people with stories of encouragement! How these people have moved on and thrived after their own personal traumas. Many of the points I will definitely reflect on in times of trouble for myself! Great great book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was an AMAZING book! So many different perspectives with some great advice! Uplifting and encouraging! I would highly highly suggest this for everyone to read, regardless of your walk of life she has interviewed so many people with stories of encouragement! How these people have moved on and thrived after their own personal traumas. Many of the points I will definitely reflect on in times of trouble for myself! Great great book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • turney12
    January 1, 1970
    Love her. Inspiration. Read this book. Learn about Elizabeth and many others who have suffered adversary. A wife. A mother. A author. She will not let mine months of capativy define who the person she is now. You want to be her friend. Loved this book because of the inspiration stories. Amazing mother and father.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I quite enjoyed this book. I thought it was better written than her first book and full of inspiration. It was full of thought provoking passages. I even had to jot a few things down that I wanted to remember/think about some more.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, she interviews people around the world who have been through trauma. Very eye opening.
  • 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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  • Stephanie P
    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 an ARC of this book 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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