How could two young women from entirely different backgrounds have so much in common? How could two young women whose lives seemed almost over rise up and not just recover, but flourish?
Brave, wise beyond their years and inspirations to all are Elizabeth Smart and Malala. Elizabeth Smart’s new memoir is My Story, an autobiography by the young Mormon woman who was kidnapped when she was fourteen, abused by her captor and forced to live on the streets until she was rescued. Never letting the shame of her situation overwhelm her, Ms. Smart came home and spoke up and spoke out about abuse. Now a victim’s advocate, Ms. Smart has written a book that is not a tell all, but rather a book about her own faith and resilience.
The name Malala Yousafzais may not immediately ring a bell, but her picture will remind you that she is the Pakistani girl who stood up in support of women’s education and was shot by the Taliban for her efforts. Seriously wounded, she was taken to England for hospital care and recovered. Her book, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, was co-authored by journalist Christina Lamb. Brought up
by parents who valued school, Malala’s determination before and after being attacked for simply wanting an education has made her an international symbol for the rights of women. The book is both thought provoking and touching.