Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rescuing Hope {A story of Sex Trafficking in AMERICA} by Susan Norris

Book Description: Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery for sex. Not in a third-world country, but in the United States of America. Before you take another breath, the next victim will be tricked or taken from her family by a profit-hungry criminal.

She could be a neighbor. A friend. Your sister. Your daughter. You.
At fourteen, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life—until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one of the men returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. But the rape proves to be the least of Hope's troubles. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He promises acceptance. He declares his love. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life.
Hope's disappearance sets a community in motion. She's one of their own. They determine to find Hope, whatever the cost, before she's lost forever.
Will you?

My Thoughts: This book may be written in fictional form but it has taken the author, Susan Norris, hundreds of hours of research to create a book that tells the truth about a terrible, ungodly perversion known as sex trafficking and prostitution.
I had a hard time reading this book.  Not because of the way it is written...it is well written, maybe too well written.  I found myself heartbroken and crying throughout the whole book.  
I'm a mother, a wife and a woman in my mid forties.  I've been around the block a few times and thought I knew somethings about life but this book literally blew me out of the water!  
I didn't realize that man cold be so perverse and evil.  Yes, my mom always warned me not to talk to strangers and I've warned my children but this goes far beyond that!  This is about men who are kidnapping children.  Yes!  Children as young as nine years old and making them sex objects.  Their lives have no value beyond being a plaything for men of perverse nature. 
This is a book for parents (rated PG -13 but with a lot of adult content and "bad" words that reflect the lifestyle) to read and then give the information to their young children (especially girls).  Unfortunately, many parents don't think that this can happen because, well, don't those girls choose to be prostitutes?  No!  They don't!  
We must rescue them!  We must educate our children on the dangers and we must pray for them!  And if we see a girl/boy in prostitution, isn't it out duty to seek justice for her?  These children and young people don't choose this lifestyle; in fact, most of the girls in prostitution are seeking acceptance and love!
This book will make you think and cry but my prayer is that we will go well beyond those emotions and put actions behind our prayers.  Hope IS NOT lost!
Thanks to Susan Norris for writing about an unsavory topic that needs to be addressed.
For more information on Rescuing Hope, please visit Susan’s website. You can also find Susan on Facebook (Susan Norris Author) and Twitter (SusanCNorris).
*This book was provided for review by Glass Road PR*
  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475966237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475966237

1 comment:

  1. Tammy,
    Thank you so much for sharing your platform with Hope. I laughed out loud a time or two reading your review because I could tell you got riled up because of the issue. I could hear the mama bear coming out in your words. Obviously, you and I would be fast friends. Thank you for caring for those who are trapped in this bondage.
    You're right about how hard it is to breech this subject with adults, let alone teens, but it is necessary. Thank you for joining me in sounding the alarm. Should you or your readers have any questions about Rescuing Hope, you can email me at Susan@susannorris.org. The book can be found on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Susannorris.org in both soft cover and ebook.