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Excellent sentiments; needed strong, unsentimental editor.
on June 6, 2012
I agree with almost everything Gary Haugen says in this book. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I worked to combat forced prostitution in Asia myself, from the same motives, though far less effectively than International Justice Mission has done.
I especially appreciate Haugen's call for the use of just, legal force against oppressors, and his sober recognition that preaching or moral pieties are not enough to combat entrenched evil. Amen!
Haugen is a decent writer, and when he describes his own experiences, his story can be poignant.
The problem with this book is that someone needed to hold Haugen's feet to the fire and insist that he "show it, not say it." He tells you the principles, again and again. He tells you the facts in the abstract. He explains his own reaction. But there are just not enough on-the-ground, contemporary pictures of the problem, or of the solution, to make the book as effective as it should be, at least from my perspective. I understand Haugen may be loath to say too much, for legal reasons, or to protect the innocent. But in my opinion, the book suffers from too much abstract theology, even if practical and truthful abstract theology, not enough living examples. Since I already agreed with the theology, had in fact arrived at it probably before Haugen himself, the book was very good in stretches, even inspiring, but also repetitive and often too theoretical, at least for me. But I wanted to know more about what was going on. Obviously many other people felt differently, for which I'm glad, because this is a critical ministry, for which I am grateful.