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Where There's Hope

Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up
Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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This program is read by the author

Elizabeth Smart follows up her number one New York Times best seller, My Story - about being held in captivity as a teenager and how she managed to survive - with a powerful and inspiring audiobook 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 audiobook, 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 listeners to make peace with the past and embrace the future. 

From the audiobook:

“I was not willing to accept that my fate was to live unhappily ever after. Everything - my family, my home, my chance to go to school - had been given back to me, and I didn’t want to miss a second chance of living my own life.” (Elizabeth Smart)

“There are two types of survivors: the ones who did not die, and the ones who live. There will be those who will always remember and be the victim, and ones who just won’t. You have to go on, you have to learn, and you have to heal.” (Diane von Furstenberg)

©2018 Elizabeth Smart (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • Ricky Giovanetto
  • 01-07-19

A Personal Hero

I remember when Elizabeth Smart went missing. I remember when Elizabeth Smart was found alive. In all honesty, I didn't know which was worse (assuming the first had a tragic ending). I marvel at the miracle that is Elizabeth Smart. In a world where everyone tries to find an angle of victimhood, Elizabeth Smart, has risen above her victimization, and not only lived, breathed, and experienced HOPE, she continues to share that HOPE with the world.

I love this book, I love the stories, I love the hope this book entails. Every mother should read her autobiography, and every parent should read this book. There is hope beyond our circumstances. There is hope beyond life's struggles. Where there's hope, there is life.

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  • Sandra
  • 31-03-18

The power of HOPE

Excellent presentation of overcoming so many life changing tragedies through life changing attitudes inspired by hope and forgiveness. Some of the power of this audiobook is in hearing Elizabeth Smart’s own voice revealing part of her process of receiving “happily ever after” moments. Sharing the stories of multiple others who have looked tragedy in the face, and resolved to hold onto hope, find healing and move onto a better path, will inspire anyone who listens to or reads this outstanding book! Congratulations Elizabeth!

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  • TOC
  • 21-11-18

Fantastic Book Wonderful

It was great to have Elizabeth read the book. I love the way she tells the story . Shocking at times. I met Elizabeth and she is a great person. Calm giving, caring and wonderful person I would recommend the book to everyone.

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  • Jay
  • 14-12-19

Someone out there always has it worse than you. Be thankful for today.

Elizabeth eloquently takes very dark stories and crafts them with tenderness and relatable empathy. A must read for human-kind.

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  • Phillip Ernstsen
  • 04-12-19

Interesting perspective

Offers some heartfelt ways to look situatuons. With every interview E. Smart ties it back to being about her. Struggled some with all the comparing. But she does share some tidbits to consider and an emphasis on how crucial healing is.

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  • Happy A shopper
  • 01-11-19

Fresh perspective

A fresh perspective on a very difficult story. Details to tell the story but not presented in a way that could be disturbing.

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  • Melbettis
  • 07-02-19

Glad I listened to this one

I enjoyed the variety of stories shared throughout this book from several others who overcame the impossible. I do wish those pieces were narrated by the person who was being interviewed as more of a conversation. Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing your story and putting a positive spin on overcoming obstacles.

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  • TeamDowager
  • 24-12-18

Inspiring stories of resilience!

This was a wonderful book full of wisdom, healing, and a reminder of what's important in life. The author is an incredible advocate and storyteller. I recommend this book for those seeking hope in their lives.

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  • Gmatolots
  • 05-12-18

inspiring

we enjoyed listening to the stories of amazing survivors and Elizabeth's story with theirs. inspiring and encouraging that we can all move forward in life.

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  • Tina Markham
  • 13-11-18

Worth listening to

This book tackles some very sad stories and difficult topics. In the end I felt optimistic and felt I grew as a person, albeit I sometimes wanted a break to listen to something morr lighthearted.