Read More, Learn More – September 2011 Book List

Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World by Gary A. Haugen (InterVarsity Press, 1999)

“Gary Haugen tells us stories we need to hear about the injustices in the world, but he also convinces us that God is at work to counter these injustices, and invites us to be part of the struggle.” The world around us hurting. The stories presented to us from those hurting in countries such as Rwanda, Pakistani, and others will reveal to us the injustices placed on individuals from children to adults alike. The question raised in this text is, how can we as Christians bring hope to these individuals? This author of this text reveals to us the answer to this question. He provides for us strategies as to how we can witness to those who are hurting.

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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.

Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights by Allen D. Hertzke (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006)

With the dawning of the 21st Century a new human rights movement burst unexpectedly onto the global stage. Initially motivated by concern for persecuted Christians around the world, unlikely alliances emerged, and the movement grew to encompass a broader quest for human rights. Now, American evangelicals provide grassroots muscle for causes joined by a wide array of activists–from Jews to Catholics, feminists to Pentecostals, African American leaders to Tibetan Buddhists–in the most important human rights movement since the end of the Cold War. Given unprecedented insider access, author Allen D. Hertzke charts the rise of this faith-based movement for global human rights and tells the compelling story of the personalities and forces, clashes and compromises, strategies and protests that shape it. In doing so, Hertzke shows that by bringing attention to issues like religious persecution, Sudanese atrocities, North Korean gulags, and sex trafficking, the movement is shaping American foreign policy and international relations in ways unimaginable a decade ago.

About the Author – An internationally recognized expert on religion and politics, Allen D. Hertzke is professor of political science and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. A frequent news commentator, Hertzke has been featured in such outlets as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Weekly Standard, BBC World Service, PBS, and National Public Radio. Dr. Hertzke has lectured at the National Press Club, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.

Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves by Kevin Bales (University of California Press, 2008)

Bales provides a guide for eliminating the plague of slavery that continues to this day, involving some 27 million slaves worldwide producing $13 billion in goods and services. He provides a thorough overview of slavery, including its history, its methods, the lives of its victims around the world and the conditions under which it flourishes (modern slaves “are cheap, and they are disposable”). Most importantly, Bales has put together guides to action at every level, from the individual to the community to the United Nations, in a six-point plan that includes protecting, arming and cloning “the liberators,” enacting and enforcing effective antislavery legislation and, perhaps most important (and overlooked), helping freed slaves heal (“liberation is just the first step on a long road”). Alongside those goals, Bales also considers practical matters, including fundraising, increasing awareness among the general public and convincing governments to pay attention. Though “all political leaders denounce slavery,” its numbers are still up, “perpetrators go uncaught… and the minimal resources needed to rehabilitate freed slaves are not available.” Shocking, saddening, angering and inspiring, this volume reveals in full a side of the global market many Americans simply do not know about, clueing readers in on “the extent of their own involvement in global slavery,” and the unthinkable injustices that could be taking place even in their local communities.

About the Author -Kevin Bales is President of Free the Slaves, the U.S. sister organization of Britain’s Anti-Slavery International. He is Professor Emeritus at Roehampton University in London and is the author of Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (1999) and Understanding Global Slavery (2005).

Stop the Traffik: People Shouldn’t Be Bought & Sold by Cherie Blair and Steve Chalke (Lion UK, 2009)

Human trafficking is the fastest growing global crime, second in size only to the illegal arms trade. It involves the movement of people through violence, deception, or coercion for various purposes, among them sex, forced labor, and even body parts. Collected in this moving volume are real-life stories from individuals exposed to and working to stop human trafficking, each accompanied by stirring photographs. Along with information on the history of trafficking and its status today, practical action points for working to stop its progress are also provided.

About the Author – Cherie Blair is a human rights lawyer and the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Steve Chalke is special advisor on human trafficking to the UN and founder of Stop the Traffik. He is the author of several books, including Change Agents, Intelligent Church, The Lost Message of Jesus, and Trust.

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are No for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd (Harper, 2011)

A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape “the life”. At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but finally, with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past. Three years later, Lloyd arrived in the United States to work with adult women in the sex industry and soon founded her own nonprofit—GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services—to meet the needs of other girls with her history. She also earned her GED and won full scholarships to college and a graduate program. Today Lloyd is executive director of GEMS in New York City and has turned it into one of the nation’s most groundbreaking nonprofit organizations. In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark, secretive world of her past in stunning cinematic detail. And, with great humanity, she lovingly shares the stories of the girls whose lives she has helped—small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.

About the Author – Rachel Lloyd earned her BA in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA in applied urban anthropology from the City College of New York. She is the founder and executive director of GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award. Lloyd is an Ashoka Fellow and a Prime Mover Fellow, and she was a leading advocate for the Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act, which made New York the first state to protect, not prosecute, sexually exploited children. She lives in New York City.

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