Sunday, December 22, 2013

The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley

Prepare to have your heart broken if you read The White Umbrella  by Mary Frances Bowley. From the first page through to the last you'll read story after story of women who have been abused, some survivors, and some not. 
While reading this I learned that one out of every four females in the USA have been sexually abused. I had no idea that the number was that high. It's not something that we talk about. While some of these are one-time experiences, others lead to a darker side of our country--one that few people realize exists. 
The sex trafficking trade is very alive in the United States. Women and girls are lured in by friends, smooth talkers, criminals, and others. Being held against their will and being forced to have multiple sexual encounters daily is a growing reality right among us.

From the back cover:
Every year over 100,000 girls int he United States are forced to do someone's sexual bidding. Most of them are between the ages of 9 and 19. This is not some faraway, foreign problem. This is in our own neighborhoods, our own towns and cities.
Throughout these pages read the stories of these girls and the people who have come alongside them to hold the white umbrella of protection and purity over them on the road to restoration. See the need for these protecting, serving partners. Learn what it means to love and care for these survivors in action, prayer, and support.

My thoughts:
We are used to hearing about these things when missionaries visit our churches. They tell us of the goings on in places like India and Nepal. We don't like to hear that the same thing happens in our own cities. This book is based on the happenings in Atlanta. Atlanta is the third largest sex trafficking locale in the USA. 
This is not a third world problem. It is our problem.

For more information visit The White Umbrella Campaign. And you can learn more about the home that is available for recovery of the girls at Wellspring Living.

This book was provided for review by Moody Publishers.

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