Bringing Elizabeth Home

  • by Ed Smart, Laura Morton, Lois Smart
  • Narrated by Sandra Burr, Mel Foster
  • 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At 3:58 in the morning of June 5, 2002, Ed and Lois Smart awoke to the sound of their nine-year-old daughter Mary Katherine's frightened voice. "She's gone. Elizabeth is gone." At first they thought she was having a bad dream about her older sister, but Mary Katherine's "bad dream" would quickly become their worst nightmare. Their daughter Elizabeth was gone.After nine months of a strange, hard, mostly painful journey, Elizabeth was miraculously returned to them. Just as millions throughout the world had grieved for her loss, now they celebrated her safe return. In Bringing Elizabeth Home, Ed and Lois share the pain of every parent's worst fear: "What would I do if my child was taken from me?" They also share a story of great hope, strong faith, and trust in God. The Smart family had always been devoted to their Mormon faith, but through their terribly painful experience they gained a tremendous inner strength, which became the key to their survival. In the end, the Smarts' story brings one point poignantly home - nothing is more important in this world than family. Not money. Not work. Not a fancy new car or an expensive, big house. Family, the prayers of so many friends and strangers, and trust in God are what got them through this experience - and having survived, they have no doubt that they can persevere in any situation as long as those three things are in their lives. Though their story is filled with many incredible twists and turns, they never lost focus on what was important: bringing Elizabeth home.


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Way too many Latter Day Saints!

I was HIGHLY disappointed with this book!
Felt it would have been better titled "How the MORMON CHURCH and our faith helped us during Elizabeth's homecoming"
The first 90 minutes of listening was nearly unbearable! It was all religion, praying and quoting scripture.
I wasn't looking for the guts and gore of Elizabeth's kidnapping but I found this book smuthering with way to many latter day saints!
Being on a tight festive budget I stuck with the book and it did improve a tiny bit. Who they met with, the day to day trials etc.
I am glad their story turned out well and they got their miracle - but it was WAY WAY too prayerful, preachy and biblical for my taste. Very disappointing.
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- Joanne

Philosophy of Church of Latter Day Saints

I'm in chapter 4 and I don't think I can finish this book. There is no story line as's just a dissertation on the philosophy and beliefs of the Mormon church and how their faith carried them through the ordeal. Cutesy but religious preaching disguised as a potentially interesting story..which hasn't even yet evolved. I don't know if I can wait that long in hopes that it does.
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- Joan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio