Forgotten Girls Expanded Edition: Stories of Hope and Courage
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All over the world, women and girls face starvation, displacement, illiteracy, sexual exploitation, and abuse. In fact show that the world's most overwhelmingly oppressed people group is females. Moved by their plight, Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett traveled across continent to partner with ministries working to help females and to interview girls in some of the most dangerous places for women in the world.

These pages hold the stories of these girls: stories of deep pain and suffering, inspiring courage, and incredible hope. They are stories of girls who have discovered their value in God's eyes, in the midst of cultures that have rejected them. They are stories of rescue and redemption by Go working through compassionate people-people like you.

This expanded edition includes updated statistics throughout and a discussion guide to accompany each section of the book, as well as a new preface.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830843132
ISBN-13: 9780830843138

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Publisher's Description

2014 Readers' Choice Award Winner Think of the little girls you know: your daughter, a niece, a friend's child. Then think about this: little girls are tossed away every day. All over the world, women and girls face troubles such as starvation, displacement, illiteracy, sexual exploitation and abuse. In fact, statistics show that the world's most oppressed people are overwhelmingly female. Moved by the plight of these neglected girls, advocates Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett took a trip across continents to interview girls and to partner with ministries working to help females in some of the most difficult places in the world. These pages hold those girls' stories: stories of deep pain and suffering, inspiring courage, and incredible hope. They are the stories of girls who have discovered their value in God's eyes, in the midst of cultures that have rejected them. They are stories of rescue and redemption by God working through compassionate people—people like you. These pages might hold pieces of your story as well, as the authors invite you to pray and speak on behalf of the millions of women and girls who still need to know how much they're worth. For each of the five sections of the book—physical suffering, education, sexual protection, prison and war, and spiritual life—the authors provide specific, practical action steps and prayer points that allow you to get involved as God leads. This expanded edition includes updated statistics throughout and a discussion guide to accompany each section of the book, as well as a new preface.

Author Bio

Michele Rickett is founder and president of She Is Safe (formerly known as Sisters In Service), an international ministry mobilizing advocates to equip women against poverty, oppression, exploitation and spiritual darkness in the world's hardest places through practical grassroots projects. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she is also coauthor (with husband Daniel) of a Bible study course that graduates mentors called (Wine Press, 2001) and a contributing author to (Watercolor Press, 2001).

Editorial Review

A Tibetan girl named Sonam used to spend her days collecting dung for fuel and desperately trying to patch the worn sides of the tent she shared with her mother. That is, until something as simple as a basic cinder-block house freed her family from the elements and allowed her to attend school. Then there's Meerim, an accomplished young Kyrgyz woman who was kidnapped and forced to reject her Christian faith for an unwanted Muslim marriage. And Mai Lin, a Chinese AIDS orphan. After years of rejection by her community, she was educated and cared for at a Christian school.

Accounts like these populate the pages of Forgotten Girls, by Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett. A follow-up to the 2003 book, Daughters of Hope, which describes the persecution of women worldwide, Forgotten Girls focuses on the need to stop the generational cycles of abuse and oppression where they begin - with little girls. Strom and Rickett use their extensive experience to help launch believers on the road to action with reliable information, achievable goals, and the passion to make a difference in the lives of forgotten girls. Forgotten Girls is a moving, encouraging, and practical resource for Christians concerned with advancing biblical equality and mutual community around the world.

Strom and Rickett have a combined experience of over three decades working with aid organizations in the developing world and they bring an authentic, compassionate, and authoritative voice to a complicated and urgent problem. In an empathetic but not overly sentimental manner, they tell the stories of girls and young women around the world trapped in poverty, abuse, brothels, forced marriages, and other systems of oppression and inequality. Drawing on their experience, the authors provide a thoughtful and realistic perspective about the issues girls face and how to solve them. They recognize the need to simultaneously address immediate physical hardship (in the form of food, shelter, and clothing) and underlying systemic problems, like sex trafficking, education, and cultural devaluation of females.

The book is organized around five issues essential to the well-being of girls and young women: physical needs, education, sexual protection, freedom, and spiritual life. Each section focuses on the stories of several girls from around the world and explores the complexities related to that particular issue. The authors acknowledge the interconnectedness of the issues, but challenge their readers to take a stand on whatever issue matters most to them, whether that is education, poverty, freedom, or faith.

Strom and Rickett encourage their readers first and foremost to become informed about worldwide inequality and oppression, but they also provide ways for people to take action. Each section concludes with a list of ways readers can engage with that particular issue, and the authors provide an extensive list of helpful resources at the end of the book. In addition, they emphasize the critical importance of working with local aid organizations. They encourage their readers to come alongside these organizations, whose on-the-ground work is the best resource for change.

The greatest strength of Forgotten Girls is its highly personal and relational nature. Strom and Rickett invite us into their lives, travels, and struggles and into the lives of the girls they meet. For those who live in Western society, especially, it is easy for the issues of sex trafficking, extreme poverty, and systemic abuse to seem removed from reality. Strom and Rickett do not spare the reader the harsh realities of these girls' lives, and while at times it is difficult to hear, it is important for us to listen. The stories are in turn heart-breaking and heart-warming, humbling and inspiring.

Forgotten Girls should be especially motivational for Christians interested in biblical equality. When we are committed to breaking down barriers between male and female, slave and free in our own country, our beliefs also demand action to help our sisters and brothers achieve equality around the world. As Strom and Rickett state so eloquently,

What we in our country take for granted should move us with gratitude to intervene for our sisters around the world. No one should have to risk her life every time she drinks a cup of water. No one should be so shackled by illiteracy that marriage at the age of ten seems like a good option—or the only option. No one should ever live such an existence that selling their child to a sex trafficker looks like the right thing to do. (154)

Neither injustice nor the values and environments that incubate it should remain unchallenged by the followers of Christ. This is what biblical equality requires and what the gospel of Jesus demands.


---Kate Netzler Burch, PhD candidate in religious studies at Indiana University
---Used with permission from Christians for Biblical Equality

Editorial Reviews

"I guarantee that if you read this book, your heart will be broken--which is why you must read this book. Our hearts ought to be broken by the suffering of women and girls throughout the world. . . . Together we could help thousands of women and girls move from despair to hope! I challenge you to read this book and then pray the simple prayer that I have prayed: God, what is mine to do?"
"More than just a collection of stories, this book also serves as a call for action. Forgotten Girls compels readers to listen to these rarely heard voices."
" Forgotten Girls may be the most emotionally moving book you will add to your library this year."
"A book we all need to read about little girls and women who are living in parts of the world that most of us never even think about. After reading, be prepared to want to do something to spread the word of the mistreatment of women and children."
"Through riveting, firsthand accounts, Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett take you on a mind-blowing, heart-expanding global expedition as they tell stories of the most defenseless and voiceless of our time--women and children. Forgotten Girls is an unforgettable read, one that can convert our lack of awareness into meaningful, urgent action!"
"This is a moving and inspiring collection of personal stories about real girls from Asia to Africa surviving violence, abuse, discrimination and injustice . . . and the role of God's hand in turning lives of desperation into lives of hope. Strom and Rickett make the facts and sociocultural realities of their worlds come alive, and they challenge us to question our own assumptions about whether or not any single person can make a difference. . . . Everyone's help is needed to truly end this oppression and abuse."

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