Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Rescuing Hope by Susan Norris

SLAVERY IS WRONG.
YOU KNOW IT. WE KNOW IT. AS A COUNTRY, WE'VE OFFICIALLY KNOWN IT SINCE 1863. BUT HERE'S SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW -- SLAVERY STILL EXISTS. WE WANT EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE 27 MILLION MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, JUST LIKE THEM, LIVING IN THE SHADOWS. IN BROTHELS. IN FACTORIES. IN QUARRIES. WORKING AS SLAVES. IN 161 COUNTRIES. INCLUDING OUR OWN. WE ARE HERE TO SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY. NO MORE BONDAGE. NO MORE SEX TRAFFICKING. NO MORE CHILD LABORERS. NO MORE, STARTING NOW.
Today is End It Movement's awareness day for human slavery to learn more and see how you can help please visit their website! Slavery is worse now than ever before and it's time we took a stand! 



About the Book
Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery for sex. Not in a third-world country, but in the United States of America. Before you take another breath, the next victim will be tricked or taken from her family by a profit-hungry criminal.
She could be a neighbor. A friend. Your sister. Your daughter. You.
At fourteen, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life—until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one of the men returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. But the rape proves to be the least of Hope's troubles. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He promises acceptance. He declares his love. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life.
Hope's disappearance sets a community in motion. She's one of their own. They determine to find Hope, whatever the cost, before she's lost forever.
Will you?

My Thoughts
I knew going in that this would be a difficult book to read due to the subject matter and I was right. It was hard to realize just how easily and often young girls can be trapped into this awful world of sex-trafficing. My heart broke as I read Hope's story and thought of the millions of people that live that life every single day. The author did a superb job of writing this story though obviously there were some mature topics and bits of language so I would only recommend it to adults and older teens. However I think that the message of this book should be shared with younger teens as well so if you are a mother or an older sister I would suggest reading it with your young sibling or daughter and editing it as you go.

About the Author
A powerful voice for hope, international speaker Susan Norris helps teens and women find freedom in the
areas of purity and spiritual identity. With a master's of education from UNC-Greensboro, this former teacher now networks for organizations such as Resolution Hope and Not for Sale and raises her voice for victims of sex trafficking across the nation. Susan serves as a catalyst for action among her peers and walks alongside rescued girls as they piece together their shattered lives.


I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

4 comments:

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I hadn't heard of this one before but it looks like a very intense read and I think I'm going to have add it to my wishlist. Great review.


-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Excellent review. It breaks my heart when I think of how this tragedy is still taking place. Thanks for sharing the book too.

Kathy said...

Sounds like an important book to read! Great review-I like how you included info on the author :)

Susan Norris said...

Abbi,
Thank you for sharing your platform with Hope today. This issue is important and we need to all raise our voice for hope.
Should you or your readers have any questions, you can reach me at susan@susannorris.org.
Blessings,
Susan

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