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Human Trafficking is the dehumanizing process of holding another in compelled service using whatever means necessary, whether physical or psychological. Under US Federal law, Human Trafficking is defined as the...

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For those struggling to make sense of the pain and injustice in this world from a Christian point of view. This book offers a biblical perspective on justice and answers the question: how can we as Christians bring hope to these individuals?

Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time by Fred Stoeker and Stephen Arterburn

For men who want to conquer sexual temptation and become Defenders. Many have found Every Man's Battle the single greatest resource for overcoming the struggle and remaining strong in the face of temptation.

Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols we Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson

This book unfolds the back-story of redemption in Exodus to help Christians better understand how Christ redeems us from the slavery of abuse, addiction and assorted trouble and restores us to our created purpose, the worship of God. Readers will discover that the reward of freedom is more than victory over a habitual sin or release from shame; it is satisfaction and rest in God himself.

Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children (A Call to Action) by Linda Smith

The inspiration for the USA - Motel room in SOLD, this book reveals the underbelly of our country's commercial sex trade. Get to know the men who sell them, and the ones who buy them. Let Renting Lacy draw you into the lives of these young girls as they struggle to survive each night, watching their childhood hopes and dreams slip away in the darkness. Let it compel you to action.

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States by Nita Belles

This book invites the reader in to the lives of human trafficking victims, survivors and the traffickers themselves with true stories. These stories not only inform the reader, but also take them quickly through a well-documented crash course about human trafficking--better described as modern-day slavery--in the United States. A quick read which includes study questions for small groups, In Our Backyard could change your life and save lives around you.

Not For Sale by David Batstone

An excellent look at human trafficking around the world. Award-winning journalist David Batstone, whom Bono calls "a heroic character," profiles the new generation of abolitionists who are leading the movement against human trafficking. This groundbreaking global report is now updated with the latest findings, new stories, and statistics that highlight what is being done to end this appalling epidemic, and how you can join the movement.

Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Uganda's Children by Faith J.H. McDonnell and Grace Akallo

A look into the life of a girl abducted by the LRA. Now pushed out of Uganda into South Sudan, the DRC, and the CAR, this brutal army of rebels has been raiding villages, kidnapping children and turning them into soldiers or wives of commanders for more than twenty years. This unforgettable book--with historical background and insights from Faith McDonnell, one of the clearest voices in the church today calling for freedom and justice--will inspire readers around the world to take notice, pray, and work to end this tragedy.

Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson

For those who want to start making small changes to support justice and freedom. Julie Clawson takes us on a tour of everyday life and shows how our ordinary lifestyle choices have big implications for justice around the world. She unpacks how we get our food and clothing and shows us the surprising costs of consumer waste. How we live can make a difference not only for our own health but also for the well-being of people across the globe. The more sustainable our lifestyle, the more just our world will be. Everyday justice is one way of loving God and our neighbors. We can live more ethically, through the little and big decisions we make every day. Here's how.

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens, Jenny Hwang and Leith Anderson

Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency by Ioan Grillo

El Narco draws the first definitive portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains. And it has created paramilitary death squads with tens of thousands of men-at-arms from Guatemala to the Texas border. Journalist Ioan Grillo has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines. This piercing book joins testimonies from inside the cartels with firsthand dispatches and unsparing analysis. The devastation may be south of the Rio Grande, El Narco shows, but America is knee-deep in this conflict.

I Will Fly Again: The Restavek by Lili Dauphin

I Will Fly Again: The Restavek tells a unique and chilling tale of a young girl enslaved by her own family members. Amid the chaos and carnage, she's compelled to find the mother she has never known. This poignant narrative produces a vivid document of the sad face of child slavery. Yet, it's moving, sweet and uplifting.