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Vendor: Watershed Books
Publication Date: 2017
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D. ChatleyAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5the danger all around usMay 12, 2017D. ChatleyAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5May 12 Suburban Dangers is a very powerful story highlighting the danger that lurks and seeks to take our children prisoner, the danger that is growing in unprecedented numbers among suburban America, in our middle schools and high schools. These dangers include in-school sex trafficking, drugs, pornography, and sexting. Our children are being recruited right under our noses by other children. This story is a timely wake-up call which not only educates the reader on how easily our children are pulled into this evil, but also opens our eyes as readers to some of the signs we should be watching for with our children. I learned a great deal about how these sex trafficking rings work and how powerful a hold these evil men gain over our children.
In this story you will meet Katherine, her father Tyler, her brother Brandon and her stepmom Lana. You will see how evil has gained a foothold in each of their lives which holds them captive till they meet God and his redemptive overcoming power which is able to set them free. One of the best parts about this story is how it reveals the interconnectedness of the pornography industry to the sex trafficking industry. You will see the Tyler who struggles with pornography go from thinking it is a harmless innocent practice to a father who is broken before the Lord when he releases porns impact on his own children. First Tyler has to rescue his son who gets caught up in pornography and sexting to later having to rescue his daughter from sex trafficking. And the author very poignantly shows how guilt and shame play a big part in keeping us captive. This alone is a powerful and relevant example! Too many times the devil gets us to think that our private sins are just that private and no one elses business, but he just glosses over the real impact and consequences to keep us prisoner. And in this story, this family is able to find restoration and freedom in God, the chain breaker.
One of my favorite quotes from the book states: Its not just the kids. Were all so comfortable and complacent here. Were all lulled into this false sense of security. This is what we strive for, right? Marriage, big houses in the suburbs, great jobs, children. And then what? Does it make any of us happy? And Im paraphrasing here, but in another portion of the book, it states that this is how the devil operates by keeping us in a state of dissatisfaction. The devil keeps us chasing our tails, by showing us what we are missing out on. This strikes at the reason we are so prone to this evil, it is because we have put too big a focus on comfortable and happiness. Its only when the characters cry out for Gods help that they find true happiness and true freedom.
Highly recommend this book for all Christians, but especially for parents as it will open your eyes to this very real danger, it will educate you on the signs to be cognizant of, it will send you to the cross asking for help in raising your family, in retaining/restoring your integrity, and it will show you the long path to recovery if you or a family member has already become captive.
The entire time I read this book, a song kept running through my head and that is Slow Fade by Casting Crowns in which they talk about how it is a slow fade when you give yourself away. How you get pulled in as a prisoner by first making small compromises that seem like no big deal till suddenly you find yourself somewhere you never thought you would be. It talks about how people/families never crumble in a day, but is a gradual path.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5It's EverywhereMay 12, 2017GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unless we know someone who has had their family torn apart by drugs, pornography, gangs, or human trafficking, we probably spend very little time thinking about it, until we read a book like this one. In some ways, the story is very dark and bleak. However, when the spotlight of God's love shines into the darkness, the darkness cannot survive. Suddenly, the darkest situations start to look more hopeful. This story features a family that is broken in almost every way imaginable: one broken marriage and a second that appears on the verge of coming apart. Tyler, the father, is hooked on pornography and faces strong temptation from a younger woman at work. The ex-wife is a mental case and the current wife has hidden bottles of vodka all over the house and seldom has a sober day. The two young children with the current wife are the only ones in the family who seem to even have a hope for a decent life and that is only if the parents get help before it is too late. The teenage daughter seems to be doing well but suddenly finds herself doing things she never thought she would do. Her younger teenage brother has gotten hooked on pornography and keeps getting in trouble at school. Adding to the problems of the teenagers is the fact they are bounced back and forth between their father and mother to the point that the parents can't keep track of where they are. Life appears to be swirling out of control for all of them. How bad must it get before someone steps in and starts working to turn things around? Is that even possible? The story is fiction but the issues are very real. Many of us live sheltered lives. We think these issues are contained within the confines of the ghettos, but certainly not in our hometown. Many parents get too wrapped up in their jobs, their status, the latest fads, and even in worthwhile organizations to know what is going on in the lives of their children. This book gives a strong wake-up call to parents. Every parent needs to read it and get back in the game if you have started to fade. Children are a gift of God and should be treated as such. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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