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"Exposed to the horrific reality of some 27 million slaves in the world, two suburban stay-at-home moms make a commitment to make a difference. An accessible and encouraging read with lots of practical ways to engage, Refuse to Do Nothing is an important book that will help mobilize moms (and others!) to know you can make a difference as a modern day abolitionist." (Mae Elise Cannon, Outreach Magazine, 11th Annual Resources of the Year: Justice "Also Recommended," March/April 2014)

"Combining startling numbers with impassioned voices, this book makes the daunting task of working for global justice possible and within reach, as the authors themselves are mothers of children in the home." (Josh Ross, The Christian Chronicle, September 2013)

"Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery delivers on its promise and not only arms you with the facts about slavery's pervasive influence, but offers tools and resources available to each person and steps we can take to join the rescue operation of its victims and the defeat of its perpetrators." (Andrea Hunter, Worship Leader Magazine, May 2013)

"Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim write with candor about their own journey from 'suburban mamas' to modern-day abolitionists. . . . The authors present their story and information on how to go forward in an engaging, easy-to-process manner." (Chloe Pfifer, Horizons Magazine, March/April 2013)

"This book educates, inspires, and gives practical 'how-to' steps for getting involved in the fight against one of the worst crimes against humanity . . . a crime that is going on right now under our noses. Every person who is involved and/or interested in the tragedy of human trafficking should get this book." (Frank Viola, from his Patheos blog, February 15, 2013)

"Moore and Yim represent the heart of the biblical advocate and beautifully answer the aching question many of us ask: But what can I do?" (Cindy Breilh, national director, Women of Vision, World Vision)

"Kim and Shayne exemplify a long tradition of ordinary citizens refusing to sit on the sidelines while the poor suffer. They are relentless and an inspiration for us all." (Justin Dillon, director, Call + Response, and CEO, Slavery Footprint)

"Refuse to Do Nothing offers the new anti-human trafficking activist a careful foundation for understanding and evaluating how to enter the battle and make her effort count. The authors build a solid case for individual responsibility in our own backyard. Additionally, the reflective exercises provide opportunity for a meaningful pause that fosters sustainable commitments rather than emotional highs that fade with time and distance. This is the small group study guide that I've been looking for and will recommend to students, community service groups and churches." (Sandie Morgan, director, Global Center for Women & Justice)

Shayne and Kim have found their voice in helping us recognize where our worlds may have grown small, and how, through practical choices and conversations, we can thrive as conduits of change as we make justice an everyday habit." (Betty Ann Boeving, founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition)

"Refuse to Do Nothing is not a comfortable read. It is intended to open our eyes to the brutal world of human trafficking, to break our hearts over what grieves God's heart and to make us uneasy if we do nothing. I pray that God will use this powerful and practical book to ignite in us a fierce resolve to engage this battle and that we will not rest until the last captive is freed!" (Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church)

"The issue of modern slavery is far more horrific then most of us can imagine. But I believe it's far more hopeful than most of us can imagine too. Read this book reflectively and join those who believe you have something to offer this injustice." (Laurie Bolthouse, producer, Trade of Innocents)

"Read this book. The topic is daunting, I know. Just turn the page--and then the next. Keep turning the pages until you've read all the way through. And then, do something." (from the foreword by Elisa Morgan, president emerita, MOPS, and author of She Did What She Could)

"Reader, you were made for this. Where you are today--your home, job, community, life--is exactly where God will use you to set captives free. In these pages Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim invite you to join the particularly Christian work of ending human slavery. On each page you'll be saying to yourself, 'I can do this.' Thanks be to God." (Margot Starbuck, author, Small Things with Great Love)

About the Author

Shayne Moore is an author, editor and activist. Her first book, Global Soccer Mom; Changing the World is Easier Than You Think, chronicles her work with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and her involvement with The ONE Campaign, and received an endorsement from rock singer Bono. She is also the author of Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery, which was named a 2014 Resource of the Year in Outreach Magazine. Shayne is the founder of Redbud Writers Guild, for which she sits on the board, and is senior editor at the Redbud Post. She is a writer at World Bicycle Relief and is a member of the World Vision Speakers Bureau. She also wrote a monthly column for the magazine Fullfill. With an MA in theology, Shayne is a national guest lecturer on issues of global justice.

Kimberly McOwen Yim is the founder of Abolitionist Mamas in San Clemente, California. She writes and speaks on issues related to human trafficking worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (January 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830843027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830843022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I should give a little bit of background about myself before continuing on with the review. I'm in my early 30s, and I would say I've been aware of my city's human trafficking problem for several years. (Sacramento is one of the top cities for human trafficking in the country.) I've seen several justice related documentaries, and I've even volunteered with a local organization for victims of human trafficking. And yet, in many ways I've grown numb to what's happening literally in my backyard. (It is not uncommon for me to see young girls on street corners less than a quarter mile from my home, in broad daylight.)

What I appreciated about this book is the gentle reminder it provides to young moms like myself who are aware slavery exists, and yet feel powerless to help. And for those who aren't aware of modern-day slavery happening in their communities, the book provides a very easy-to-understand overview of what's happening, why it's happening, and simple ways to get involved.

Many people will benefit from reading this book--from moms, to pastors, to bible study leaders, to book club organizers, to non-profit executives. But, the people who will benefit the most are today's slaves: young girls, the people working in many farms and fields, and those painting our nails and giving massages. I urge you to not shut your eyes to what's happening in your city. Read this book and feel empowered to make a difference!
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This book is exactly what I was looking for in my quest to become better informed about modern-day slavery. I have been researching this issue for several months, but have felt overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. Moore and Yim distill the facts and statistics into a understandable and engaging read. Best of all, they offer concrete things that an ordinary person can do to combat slavery without traveling to Thailand or Cambodia. Thanks to the authors for a much-needed book on a difficult subject.
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I received a free copy of this book from InterVarsity Press for the purpose of this review.

Before reading Refuse to Do Nothing by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim, I knew nothing about the topic of human trafficking. Nothing. I fall into the category they write about on page 60, when they write
"When we have spoken about modern-day slavery, women have often stopped us midsentence, saying, 'I can't hear it! It's just too much!' So we stop. We bite our tongues, but inside we're screaming, 'Are you kidding me? There are thousands and thousands women, girls and boys trapped, often beaten and raped night after night for the profit of their slaveholder, and you, in the comfort of this coffeehouse sipping your latte, can't hear it?"
Their criticism of those of us who "can't hear it" is well-deserved. They note that we live "in the midst of the comforts of our sanitized society" which makes it "difficult to imagine the nightmare of others' lives" (61).

Honestly, I'm not even too sure where to begin with the review. The book was so eye-opening that even though I finished it a week or so ago, I'm still processing everything I learned. And so, I will share with you some of the quotations that stood out to me the most (I was tempted to underline the whole book, though).
"Poverty and extreme levels of gender inequality play a significant role in why women and children make up more than eighty percent of trafficking victims. Lack of education, low social status and gender discrimination contribute to the viewing of women and children as commodities to be bought and sold.
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This book provides a balance of critical information and practical action steps that average people need in order to find their place in the growing modern day anti-slavery movement. This book is very well written and its greatest strength is that it does not leave the reader paralyzed with information over-load, but rather provides clear instruction on how to use this information to support the freedom of all people.
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I just finished this amazing book. Like Global Soccer Mom, I couldn't put it down. What I loved about this book was that it gave the average mom, who feels helpless to do anything, tools that she can put into practice today that would make a difference in slavery and trafficking. They answer every woman's question: "What can I possibly do??"

What got my attention was the story they told of women who lived 200 years ago in a time when women could not vote, speak publicly or teach. They couldn't hold public office or be clergy. "And yet women played a central role of bringing an end to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In societies where ordinary women seemed to have little influence, they became the backbone of a movement that changed history." These women had no power given to them, yet they knew the power of their voice and action. Where are these women today? In an age where women have been given the right to speak, teach, hold political office and have a voice - where are we?!

We're bored. We feel forgotten. We remain deceived that we have no voice, no power to do anything. We question our ability. We compare ourselves, thus disqualifying ourselves. We believe that believing in a cause beyond ourselves will abandon our motherhood. To that I answer: Are you freakin' kidding me!! There's never been a time when women have been given more opportunity as we have now to be an answer, and all we have to offer is excuses? Really?

Throughout the book, Shayne and Kim educate on the issues of trafficking and slavery and tell their own inspiring stories how they, too, are engaged in action. I loved hearing how they inspire their families to care because of their compassion. I found the book incredibly relatable and down to earth.
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