11.21.2014

Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor By Katariina Rosenblatt

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.

Sex trafficking. Such a hard topic. While we rarely give it much thought an think it's only in the movies, it's happening around us everyday. Katariina's memoir into her life as an abused and broken child tells the story of a troubled girl looking for love in all the wrong places. While I felt like each chapter I turned to it seemed it was just nothing but downfalls. When the girl was delivered from one trap she fell into another. I'm not sure how one person can be lured so many times, but then again I've never been in her shoes and in such a world of drugs, deception and lies.
It did open my eyes to human trafficking and the sex trade. Thankfully God is still God and He's still in the saving and delivering business. It seemed that despite all odds, Katariina has become a strong woman of God helping those who were in the same shoes as she was.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review

11.10.2014

Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom. Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you, worry that they are always watching you” - Robert Fulghum.

Totally changed my outlook on parenting. With technology and ease of access to so much these days, what are we, as parents, doing to our own children? The pressure to perform, to learn, to excel, are creating so much unease and discontent. We are not letting our children be children anymore, we are forcing them to grow up too soon. We (myself included) tend to be so busy worrying about other things in the world we forget our children need our attention too. Instead we send them off with the table, computer or tv to entertain them instead when all they need is time with us, their parents. 
This is definitely a great book for a parents discussion group. We all could truly learn from it