Read More, Learn More – November 2011 Book List

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam (Spiegel & Grau, 2009)

Somaly Mam was an illiterate, impoverished, and deferential Cambodian orphan who was no more than 12 when she was forced into prostitution. Remarkably, she overcame beatings, rapes, and a life of deprivation to save thousands of girls from her own fate and worse.

About the Author: Somaly Mam is the cofounder of AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) in Europe and The Somaly Mam Foundation in the United States, whose goal is to save and socially reintegrate victims of sexual slavery in Southeast Asia. She was named Glamour‘s Woman of theYear in 2006. She lives in Cambodia and France.

Prisoner of Conscience: One Man’s Crusade for Global Human and Religious Rights by Frank Wolf (Zondervan, 2011)

What’s a congressman from Virginia doing in places where bullets fly and babies starve? Thirty years ago, Frank Wolf was elected to the U.S. Congress to address local transportation issues. Fueled by a faith that made him believe he could do something about it, the congressman grew to champion human and religious rights around the world—from cracking down on gang-related crimes in the U.S. to relieving suffering from war, AIDS, and famine in places like Darfur, China, and Bosnia. Eventually, he became a key proponent of opposing radical Jihadists and creating a National Committee on Terrorism. As Wolf visited some of the most dangerous places in the world, he saw firsthand the need for members of Congress to speak out for persecuted people around the globe. In Prisoner of Conscience, he shares intimate stories of his adventures from the halls of political power to other dangerous places around the world, what he has learned along the way, and what you can do about it now.

About the Author: Congressman Frank Wolf has represented Virginia’s 10th District since 1981, making him one of the most senior members of the House of Representatives. For three decades now, Frank Wolf has partnered across the aisle to become an outspoken voice on human rights in Congress. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a law degree from Georgetown. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Virginia. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of fifteen grandchildren.

Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances by Kimberly L. Smith (David C. Cook, 2011)

As she shares her extraordinary stories of fighting human trafficking as an ordinary mom, Kimberly Smith offers hope for readers who wonder if God is calling them to greater things. Passport Through Darkness takes readers on Smith’s journey from normal family life and business, to Europe, to the deserts of Africa and ultimately, to the deserts of her own soul as she tries to live well as an imperfect American mom, crusade for justice for orphans around the world, and embrace God’s extraordinary dreams for her. When Kimberly and her husband risk everything to answer God’s call, they see God change and restore them—even amid exhaustion, marital struggles, and physical limitations. This heartbreaking, heartlifting book is for anyone who longs to see God move their life from normal to one that matters. It is a call to readers to take one more step on their journey to know God’s heart.

About the Author: Kimberly L. Smith is president and co-founder of Make Way Partners and author of Passport through Darkness. Fighting to end human trafficking in the darkest corners of our world, skeptics declared many of the tasks set before Make Way Partners as impossible. However, fueled by compassion and incensed by grotesque injustice, Kimberly led Make Way Partners to the successful completion of building the first orphanage on the border of Darfur, Sudan. Building supplies had to be transported nearly 2,000 miles over hostile terrain with no roads or bridges. She now leads the way to build a powerful, indigenously based anti-trafficking network spanning Africa, Eastern Europe, and South America. Kimberly divides her time between each ministry location, writing, and public speaking in the US. She lives in Sylacauga, Alabama with her husband Milton where they enjoy the out of doors with their adult children and grandchildren.

God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Daniel Walker (InterVarsity Press, 2011)

This is the true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion dollar global sex industry. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement. It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption. And it is a challenge to God’s people to join in the battle that all might be freed.

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About the Author: Daniel Walker has worked as an undercover investigator for a number of nonprofit organizations working to free women and children from sex trafficking in the United States and in over a dozen countries around the world. He holds a master’s degree in Third World economic development from Eastern University in Philadelphia. He has over twenty years of experience in law enforcement and is currently working as a police detective based in New Zealand.

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