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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
"Scars and Stilettos" is Harmony's stark, honest, and ultimately hopeful story of how God found her in that dark, noisy place and led her out. She has since married, completed an MA in social welfare, and now leads Treasures, an organization helping women in the sex trade discover their true worth.
"Harmony wrote her story so that you and your friends may get help out of whatever dark tunnel you find yourself in. I know her heart, and it is to see all of us live our lives in the very purpose for which we were created. I do want to warn you . . . once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be encouraged, you will fall in love with God all over again . . . and you will want to get a copy for every person you know." -Holly Wagner, from the preface
"Harmony's story is compelling evidence of how far the love of God reaches to heal broken lives and restore all that has been stolen." -Nancy Alcorn, Mercy Ministries
Cafe Lily Book Reviews1 Stars Out Of 5June 24, 2010Cafe Lily Book ReviewsSex sells even when marketed under the label of Christian. I had such high hopes for this book and was HUGELY disappointed. I assumed that since the author is a Christian, her story would be tastefully told. Not so. This book is a very secular auto-biography about a former stripper. While the author does eventually give credit to Jesus for delivering her out of her former lifestyle, the majority of this book is about her past, complete with profanity and detailed graphic descriptions.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5May 14, 2010Christy LocksteinScars & Stilettos by Harmony Dust will probably grab readers with its subtitle: The Transformation of an Exotic Dancer. Harmony was raised with virtually no parental involvement in Venice Beach California. Her mother was a hippie who regularly moved boyfriends in and out of the house and sold crystals on the boardwalk. Her father is a Chicago businessman who was to wrapped up in marrying and divorcing to have time for his little girl. Left to her own devices, she was forced to raise herself and try to protect herself from the adults who abused and molested her, leaving Harmony with a skewed view of sexuality and love. She soon attaches herself to Derrick, a childhood friend, who is at first a boyfriend but then takes advantage of her financially and sexually while running around with other women. Despite all of this drama, Harmony still put herself through college to get a degree in developmental psychology and was working at a daycare center. When she wasn't making enough money to support both Derrick and herself (and his baby's mama), she took a job as a stripper, just for a few months until she could get out of debt. A few months turned into several years until she started going to church and fell in love with God. Her story of escaping a life of degradation and shame is without artifice or pretense. Harmony tells readers how she disconnected her brain from her body in order to strip in front of strangers for money and then how God restored her pride and sense of self. This brave young woman wasn't content to just get herself out of the industry; she's also formed a group called Treasures, Inc to help other women still stripping by showing them that they are loved. This is a courageous story told with a great deal of heart.
Bernice Wynter5 Stars Out Of 5April 16, 2010Bernice WynterRead in 1 day . My first time being exposed to that life style .Every young woman should read it . God's grace is amazing and reaches out to us all .Keep reaching out HARMONY .GOD BLESS YOU .
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 19, 2010Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI am always more reluctant to review a non-fiction book because they can often be drier and harder to read than a good fiction book you can curl up with. But I had heard of the ministry "Treasures" and I was curious as to how it got started so I signed up for Scars and Stilettos. This book was hard to put down. Harmony does a great job of bringing you into her world, honestly and simply. The beauty of this book is that even though the subject matter is her life in exotic dancing... it is not glamorizing or overly sexy... in fact it really shows how girls get into this and can't get out. It was heartbreaking and yet following Harmony's path back out of that world was really uplifting. It showed there is always hope and God is always there, even in the darkest times. The redemption Harmony has experienced in her life is a beautiful thing and this book really shows that God can and will make anything beautiful in His time!
CKendall5 Stars Out Of 5March 18, 2010CKendallHarmony Dust is a perfect example of how God can take bad circumstances and use them for His glory. I was so amazed by this young womans story; I could hardly put this book down. Not only is Harmonys story inspiring and uplifting, she has also written it so well. There were several times when my heart broke for her and several times when my heart sang praises for Gods grace in her life. She is truly a remarkable woman with a noble mission to lead women to Jesus and to show them they are valuable and loved dearly by God. She is very open and honest and not ashamed of where she has been. Instead, she is using those experiences to win souls for Christ. I especially love the picture of Harmony when she was baptized. I get a lump in my throat when I think of the healing transformation taking place in her at that moment. Its beautiful. She is beautiful.I loved this book and I love the message of love and grace. This is a book that should be read by all women, especially young women. This book shows that no matter where you have been or what you have done, God is always there to love you and forgive you. It is a true story of redemption and hope. I highly recommend this book and I thank Harmony for sharing her story and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.