Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Stolen: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is hope, even on the darkest of days

Katariina Rosenblatt was a lonely and abused young girl, yearning to be loved, wanting attention. That made her the perfect target. On an ordinary day, she met a confident young woman--someone Kat wished she could be like--who pretended to be a friend while slowly luring her into a child trafficking ring. A cycle of false friendships, threats, drugs, and violence kept her trapped.

As Kat shares her harrowing experiences, her ultimate escape, and her passionate efforts to now free other victims, you'll see that not only is sex trafficking happening frighteningly close to home--it's also something that can be stopped. Stolen is a warning, a celebration of survival, and a beacon of hope that will inspire you

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Authors:

 Katariina Rosenblatt, LLM, PhD, is living proof of the promise she heard long ago at a Billy Graham crusade that God would never forsake her. Katariina has a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution and an LLM graduate law degree in intercultural human rights, and she works closely with law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security to eliminate human slavery. She also founded Stolen Ones--There Is H.O.P.E. For Me, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing other victims of human trafficking. For more information, visit www.StolenOnes.com. She lives in Florida.

Cecil Murphey has written or coauthored more than 130 books, including the bestselling 90 Minutes in Heaven with Don Piper and the autobiography of Franklin Graham, Rebel with a Cause. He was a collaborator on the bestseller Gifted Hands with Dr. Ben Carson. Cecil resides in Georgia.

My Review:

Stolen was by far the most difficult and heart-breaking book I have read in 2014 (perhaps one of the most difficult ever). Not because I did not like it but because of the heart-breaking topic it covers: human trafficking.

Author Katariina Rosenblatt is prove positive that God can take the most horrific life experiences and turn them into something beautiful and worthwhile. The book is very well written, and it flowed nicely, moving from past experiences of the author to present day. What I loved most about the book is that its a wonderful example that despite our past experiences, we are not destined to stay stuck in the negative.  We can use our hurts from the past for amazing things.

 This book reminds the reader to not "keep our heads in the sand" about human trafficking, that is can't happen in Canada or the U.S.A, because it absolutely can, and sadly, does. The book will show you signs to look for if you suspect a young person to be heading into the lifestyle of trafficking, how to help them and also how to prevent it. Again, it is a very difficult read, and one that should only be read by those high school age and older (even then, please use your judgement for high school students reading it).

 It is an absolute must read for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children and youth. Definitely an eye-opening read to be sure.

I HIGHLY recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Stolen at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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