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Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery Paperback – January 21, 2013
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"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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written. Full of information. Not just a bunch of statics,includes hotline numbers, call to action and practical stepsPublished 3 months ago by Valerie Laperruque
Two moms didn't really know what they were going to do to change the problems of injustice, specifically in regards to the human trafficking in the world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Justice Pirate
Very helpful information and resources to get our womens group discussing human trafficking/ other types of human slavery and deciding how to take action.Published 14 months ago by J L Grin
An eye opener...although I know a lot about human trafficking this book was an easy read with lots of information. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Paddi Cain
This book was simple to understand and at the same time extremely profound. Not only did I learn from it, but it gave me some very practical tools to work with. Read morePublished 24 months ago by ScottMc
Many people are unaware that human slavery and sex trafficking happens in today's world. This book brings it all to light and gives practical ways to make a difference in lives.Published on May 8, 2014 by Olive
I loved this book! The things the authors do really well are:
- remind us of Helen Keller's words: "I am only one, but still I am one. Read more
So enlightening on so many slavery issues going on right now. Highly recommend! Tons of practical ideas for how to be a part of abolishing slavery. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by JM
I was recently given the opportunity to read this book and so glad that I did. I knew that modern-day human trafficking and slavery existed, but was unaware of its extent and how... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Anne A.