Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Scars and Stilettos by Harmony Dust

I'm not sure how to go about reviewing this one. It's the story of Harmony and how after a lifetime of hurt and abandonment she fell into the world of exotic dancing and then found her way back out when she was introduced to Jesus.
7/8 of this book is her life before Christ. And a lot of it goes into more detail that this reader needed to know. Embarrassing detail. TMI detail. Stuff that is now stuck in my brain and that I don't want there.
A blurb on the front cover says, "You'll want to get a copy for every person you know" (Holly Wagner, author and founder of GodChicks). I couldn't disagree more. While Harmony's redemption story is beautiful the story of her former life is not. I understand that she is simply stating the truth of what happened to her and what she did. I'd prefer however to not know the details of the dancing, the moves, the positioning. I'd also prefer not to read the obscenities that were sprinkled throughout the book. At one point one word was spelled out with **** and yet later on it was fully spelled out. Why?
I wouldn't recommend this to many people. Perhaps to someone entranced in the world of exotic dancing it may open the door to freedom that they need.

About the book:
Fear of being abandoned keeps nineteen-year-old Harmony Dust trapped in an abusive and cruel relationship. She thinks she has hit bottom-tens of thousands of dollars in debt, struggling to get by, and so controlled by her boyfriend that she doesn't protest when he begins openly sleeping around. Things can't get worse . . . until someone tells her how much money she can make as an exotic dancer. For the next three years, Harmony lives a double life as Monique, a dancer in a fully-nude strip club.

Scars and Stilettos is Harmony's stark, honest, and ultimately hopeful story of how God found her in that dark, noisy place and led her out. She has since married, completed an MA in social welfare, and now leads Treasures, an organization helping women in the sex trade discover their true worth.

"Harmony wrote her story so that you and your friends may get help out of whatever dark tunnel you find yourself in. . . . once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down and you will want to get a copy for every person you know." -Holly Wagner, from the preface.

Harmony Dust is founder of Treasures, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that reaches out to women in the sex industry to show them they are loved, valued, and purposed.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse.

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