Sunday, January 18, 2009

Book Review: Stolen Innocence

Pretty random for me to do a Book Review right? Yes, I read! I love to read, one can usually find me immersed in some paperback in the dining room or on the couch. Heck, as a kid, I'd sit on the dining room table reading because there was more light in that area of the house. (Although I had to move when my mother began making dinner, curse that cutting board)

Anyway, my younger sister had been reading this book so when she finished she highly recommended it for me.So I've been reading (Still haven't finished it but I know how it ends!) 'Stolen Innocence' and it's "My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs" Exact words on the front cover. The author is Elissa Wall and it depicts her journey growing up in a house with 3 moms, 24 children and seeing most of her older siblings defying the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints) laws. I don't want to spoil the book for those who do wish to read it, but I enjoyed reading (and still reading) the book and seeing into a polygamous household. Of course, it is much different from the Islamic view of Polygny seeing as how men are limited to 4 rather than being 'limitless'. Warren Jeffs is a perverted monster and- well I'll let you read it yourself. It actually reaffirmed my faith that Islam is the one true religion because it doesn't show prejudice towards other people of different colors and faiths. All I could think of were Warren's words from Alta Academy that nonwhite people were the most evil of outsiders. His racist remarks and hate-filled bigotry were a routine part of the classroom experience at Alta Academy, and from them, I had developed a prejudice about anyone whose skin looked different from my own... An excerpt taken from the book. Seeing as how they didn't allow any other race to be part of the religion, how can it be the "one true faith"? Although some pages of the book is not appropriate for children (who would read this as a bedtime story in the first place), it's a good read.

In Conclusion, I highly recommend this book to those who love to read autobiographies;although it sheds a negative light on FLDS Polygny, I'm sure polgyny by Islamic standards is much different.



Anonymous said...

Great book, very detailed! I am surprised the pro FLDS have not posted here, they will sooner or later, they still want to silence Ms Wall.

About the same time as Elissa's marriage, we were rescuing Caroline Cook, but knew nothing of Elissa or we would of tried!

Because the story is still unfolding in the news, this book is a MUST for any journalist or reporter.

ModestJustice said...

Well I'll look forward to their comments :)

Whatever happened to Elissa was horrible and no child nor teen should ever go through what she did. I'm sure other girls in the community endured what she did or worse. Caroline Cook? I've never heard of her. However, I hope she's safe.

But the story is still unfolding? I thought Warren Jeffs was already convicted? People need to know this truth.

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

wth ohmygod what isit with everyone and these scary books
my twinny weirdo sis
keeps bringing things like that home lol
wallah dey just scare me but i cant help reading them
yeah im still a kid i get scared i dont like reading about
the extent of human cruelty tsk tsk
i wish all the inocents and opressed people across the world
freedom from sufering and pain aswell as hope
and yeah polygomy in islam isnt at all anything horific (im nt a fan of polygamny anyway tho) it just might feel uncofrotable for the people involved
islam is perfect 4 realz

ModestJustice said...

Insha'allah sister, Insha'allah
Did you say twinny? YOU HAVE A TWIN?

-ahem- Yeah I'm not into polygamy and will tell my future husband straight up but Islam is perfect amin to that :D

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

;p lool yeah i do
owshit tht was emant to be cyber secret
bt yeh lol
soamliz get me over excited i cnt keep my secrets 2 myself sheesh :P

ModestJustice said...

I've always wanted a twin xD
Although I have a little sister so I should be happy enough -stares at younger sister-

Haha Cyber Secrets, revealing my ethnicity was supposed to be a secret and so was my name. Basically I was that one muslim teen who we know is muslim but nothing else lol

I just haven't said my name yet >.>

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

lool yeah i still dnt knw ur name
i dnt even knw if ppl knw my full nme or am jus naz de weirdo
lol dis is de only site i hve shared hlf my nme
on my YT every1 knws me as my nick lol
yeh well u cnt hide de somaliness can u now
bt yh tho am sure ur all decent muslims nd wteva
its gd 2 keep cyber secrets init :P

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