"A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard
This book is not for the faint of heart. I had watched a video of Jaycee being interviewed and was so intrigued by the way that she handled herself and how amazing her story was that I really wanted to read the book. It is about how she was kidnapped at the age of 11 and held for 18 years. Yes, 18 years! It truly is a crazy and amazing story. Let me warn you that she tells it all and it is detailed in some parts. The beginning is hard to read. I can't imagine the torture that she went through and am shocked and in awe of her ability to move forward with her life. She truly is inspirational. "I don't believe in hate. To me it wastes too much time. People who hate waste so much of their life hating that they miss out on all the other stuff out here. I do not choose to live my life that way. What is done is done. I'm looking to the future." Incredible right? She doesn't even hate the man that stole so much from her. She doesn't really state that she is a believer but I'm not sure how she can walk away from her ordeal, say things like this and not be. What an amazing person she is. If only more of us could stop the hate and just look for what the future has for us. "Life is not kind to all of us." No, I wouldn't say it is kind to most of us but I'm so thankful we have a God that is and makes all things work together for our good. "I'm so tired! Tired of being not in control of my life because it is my LIFE! Why do people think they have a right to my life?" She had her life controlled by this man for 18 years. She was an adult with two children and still she couldn't do what she wanted. "But love is not part time and its not conditional." A truly amazing story, a truly amazing woman.