Read More, Learn More – February 2012 Book List

Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom: Sex Trafficking, Global Prostitution, and the Gospel’s Transforming Power by Dawn Herzog Jewell (Monarch Books, 2008)

The sex industry enslaves millions of women, but churches and individual Christians are fighting back. Dawn Jewell weaves the stories of individual victims with a careful examination of the realities that propelled them into prostitution in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Alongside, she highlights ministries that are reaching one life at a time through prayerful visits to strip-clubs, bars, and seedy streets. Readers will perceive the gospel’s transforming power in individuals who have left prostitution and found new life in Christ. “Christians in many parts of the world are trying to bring light into the darkness, and healing to those who are hurt. If you wish to engage with this challenge, then this is a book you should read.” -Baroness Caroline Cox “What is a girl? Property? Unpaid labor? A sex object? Or a human being created in the image of God? This book tells stories of girl -and boy – once considered disposable, who now live with dignity.” -Dr. Miriam Adeney Associate Professor of World Christian Studies Seattle Pacific University “Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom helps readers play a role in ending this modern-day slavery. Dawn offers us hope, inspires compassion, and empowers us to be Christ’s hands and feet healing our broken world.” -Camerin Courtney Editor, Today’s Christian Woman.

About the Author – Dawn Herzog Jewell is currently media and publications manager at Media Associates International, and a freelance journalist. She has worked for World Relief and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. She is based in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian by Gary Haugen. (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2008)

“There must be more to the Christian life than this — more than church each Sunday and waving to my neighbors and giving some clothes to Goodwill when I go through my closet each spring.” These aren’t bad things, of course. But they’re safe and comfortable and easy. And there’s a reason they’re not satisfying your desire for something more significant and meaningful — we’re created by God for adventure. International Justice Mission president Gary Haugen has found that engaging in the fight for justice is the most deeply satisfying way of life. This book shows how we too can be a part of God’s great expedition.

About the Author – Gary A. Haugen is president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding IJM, he worked in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was director of the United Nations’ genocide investigation in Rwanda. Haugen is a graduate of Harvard University and received a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Terrify No More and Just Courage.

Modern Slavery: The Secret World of 27 Million People by Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd, and Alex Kent Williamson (Oneworld, 2009)

There are 27 million slaves alive today – more than at any other point in our history.Written by the world’s leading experts, this examination combines original research with first-hand accounts from actual slaves to expose one of today’s worst humanitarian crises. The first introductory guide to modern slavery in all its forms, coverage includes modern slavery’s history, economy, health consequences, and gender, racial, and religious dynamics, and the pressures of armed conflict and environmental disaster.

About the Author – Kevin Bales is the world’s leading expert on modern slavery, president of Free the Slaves, and advisor to the UN and the US and British governments. His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (1999) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, US. Zoe Trodd teaches in the history and literature department at Harvard University. Alex Kent Williamson, of Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard University, is a board-certified pathologist who specializes in pediatric and forensic pathology.

Off the Street by Christopher Baughman (Behler Publications, 2011)

Off the Street is detective Christopher Baughman’s true life story of fighting to protect a class of women who are too easily forgotten and readily dismissed. Chris and the Las Vegas Pandering Investigation Team (PIT) wage war against the pimps who kidnap, trick, and beat women into submission and into a life of prostitution.

What begins with an attempt to apprehend, arrest, and convict a pimp responsible for beating a woman with a baseball bat over a two-day period quickly spirals into something far more sinister. Chris shares the emotions of the victims, parents, and family members who are involved in this investigation and offers parents guidance on how to protect their daughters from these predators. Chris ventures back to his own youth, to a memory that served as the momentum for his passion for saving the people and the city he has sworn to protect.

About the Author – Christopher Baughman heads up the Pandering Investigation Team (PIT) and Human Trafficking Task Force in Las Vegas, where his team has arrested and convicted several of the city’s wealthiest and most violent criminals. Their success caught the attention of investigative reporter Chris Hansen of NBC’s Dateline Undercover: To Catch a Predator and has been the subject of several episodes, as well as a segment on NBC’s American Greed. Chris teaches the anatomy of pandering investigations to other departments across the nation, including members of the FBI, IRS, and federal parole and probation agencies.

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