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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
"If youre tired of living an anemic life and you want to live courageously, get this book. Terrify No More is a suspenseful read that will introduce you to the new heroes of the faithpeople who are willing to take risks to bring hope and freedom to those who need it most."
Rick Warren, Author, The Purpose Driven Life Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church
"…Producer Richard Greenberg showed me some truly alarming videotape hed obtained from a human rights group called the International Justice Mission… That tape would trigger one of the most extensive international searches Id ever been involved with as a Dateline Correspondent."
Chris Hansen, NBC News Correspondent
"Now we have a gripping, close-up account of how IJM carries out its mission in Cambodia. Gary Haugens book should awaken many to what goes on in the 21st century slave trade."
Ambassador John R. Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Out of shocking depravity emerges a story of hope.
In a small village outside Phnom Penh, children as young as five are bought and sold as sex slaves. Day after day their abuse continues, and their hope slips away.
In Terrify No More an international team of investigators goes undercover to infiltrate this ring of brothels and gather evidence needed to free these girls. Meanwhile, skilled legal minds race the clock, working at the highest levels of U.S. and foreign governments to bring the perpetrators to justice. Headed up by former U.N. war-crimes investigator, Gary Haugen, the team perseveres against impossible obstaclespolice corruption, death threats, and mission-thwarting tip-offsin a mission focused on bringing freedom to the victims.
And that is where Gary Haugen and Gregg Hunter take their readers in Terrify No More, to the brothels that sell little children's bodies to lechers for a night's pernicious enjoyment, to the brickkilns where generations of Indians still work as slaves, to the jails where innocent victims try to survive corrupt cops, to earth's hellholes.
Haugen is the founder of International Justice Mission (IJM). His past jobs have carried him around the world investigating human rights violations. As he investigated the genocide in Rwanda, the Lord dealt with his heart about the injustice many people live under with no hope of deliverance. He recognized that the Lord Jesus had accused the Pharisees of "neglecting the weightier matters of the law--justice, mercy, and the love of God." (31) Other passages in scripture, such as Psalm 10 from which Haugen draws the title and Isaiah 1:17 also convicted Haugen and guide him in his efforts to secure justice for those who most need it but have no hope.
Terrify No More primarily tells the story of IJM's efforts to rescue children from five to fourteen years old from brothels in Svay Pak, Cambodia, a town where the sex trade in children is the town's primary livelihood. We meet IJM's dedicated and courageous staff, follow their investigation, and join them in the final raid. Along the way, Haugen and Hunter also introduce us to victims rescued from other oppressions: David, a Kenyan, an innocent victim of corrupt police brutality; four-year-old Martha in Kenya who was molested by a neighbor who paid the police to threaten her family; dignified Anita, a Nepalese, who spoke to the United States Congress about the realities of being kidnapped and forced into prostitution; courageous seventeen-year-old Ashok who stood up against his masters in order to free his family from generations of illegal slavery; seventeen-year-old Elisabeth who tried to be a testimony for Christ even after being sold into a brothel; and sweet young Jhoti whose smile dazzles you from the pages when she is freed from a brothel after praying to Jesus.
Haugen and Hunter emphasize the importance of "the one." They realize that God will not use IJM to right all injustice, but to the ones they can help, their work means the difference between life and death, hope and hopelessness, a chance at living and the assurance of continual brutality.
Terrify No More tells a powerful and fascinating story of IJM's efforts on behalf of these children. Parts of the book read like a spy novel. The account's greatest weakness is the sidet rips which interrupt the flow of the central story, yet introduce us to more of IJM's ministry and the people they help. It's hard to imagine how the authors could have described IJM's ministry as fully and introduced some of the victims without the subplots. Haugen and Hunter work many of these side stories in well by preparing the reader at the end of the previous chapter. However, a few slip by without much preparation and the reader finds himself saying, "Where am I? Who is this person?"
Regardless of the distractions, Terrify No More is powerful reading, though sometimes the darkness that IJM fights reaches out to pull you down. Reading it makes you appreciate IJM's committed staff and their ministry, especially as you see God working out details that seem impossible from the human viewpoint. This is not light reading, but the photographs and descriptions allow you to share the dazzling smile of Jhoti, the bright light of Elisabeth, the hope of David, and the innocent play of young children who only hours before were being held in unimaginable sexual bondage. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
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