5 Stars Out Of 5
the danger all around us
May 12, 2017
May 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.