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The White Umbrella will break your heart and inspire you to do something. Mary Frances Bowley is a modern day crusader and we view Wellspring Living as a strategic ministry partner.

—Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Ministries

Too often followers of Jesus live as if they are casually unaware of the horrors of local and global sex trafficking. Our natural tendency is to be at ease within the walls of our churches, and we desperately need to be reminded of the brokenness that surrounds us every day. The White Umbrella wakes us to the urgent call for true gospel ministry to the innocent victims of this wickedness. Read and learn how to love these girls to restoration through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

—Dr. Johnny M. Hunt, president, Southern Baptist Convention 2009–2010

In The White Umbrella Mary Frances Bowley brings names and stories to these shocking statistics. Her work with Wellspring Living has helped hundreds and inspired thousands to join the global movement of providing hope and restoration for those who have been freed from the oppression of modern day slavery. Read this book. Be inspired and DO SOMETHING NOW.

—Bryson Vogeltanz, pastor of Global Engagement, Passion City Church/Passion Conferences

Mary Frances is a person who leads by doing. Her stories are rooted in the hard work of changing lives from sexually exploited to fully dignified individuals. I have seen her work firsthand and will forever be imprinted by this beautiful place of restoration. If you read this book, you will be learning from a national leader fighting for the dignity of women.

—Jeff Shinabarger, founder and creative director of Plywood People

The White Umbrella is a work of God's grace, just as each one of us is a work of God's grace. As you mull over these pages, I pray these writings inspire and mobilize you to rescuethe perishing and care for the dying. That's exactly what these words did to Mary Frances when she decided to spend her life pouring into these young women . . . because they matter to Jesus.

—Boyd Bailey, CEO of Ministry Ventures and president of Wisdom Hunters

The White Umbrella is an important book to read. It's a necessary book to read. But at times, it's not an easy book to read. The real-life stories in here will break your heart but it will also move you to do something. This is what happened to my friend Mary Frances Bowley. These stories broke her heart and caused her to act by starting the incredible work of Wellspring Living. It's not a coincidence this book is now in your hands. Mary Frances and Wellspring needs your help, and the best next step is for you to simply read The White Umbrella. But be prepared; no one can read this book and remain unmoved. Perhaps that's why you now have it in your hands.

Jeff Henderson, lead pastor, Gwinnett Church, North Point Ministries 

Finally, a book that articulates how the community of faith can move from empathy and sorrow for the soul victimized by abuse to a compassionate response to stand and serve confidently in their healing and spiritual transformation.

—Karen Loritts, speaker, author, former board member at Wellspring Living

Perhaps you know statistics of sexual exploitation, and if so, you likely can assume some of the sadness and horror. But you may never have heard actual stories of victims who have gone beyond the trauma into healing. You need to know these stories.

The White Umbrella will tell stories of trafficked women, but will also explain what happens practically in their very complex process of healing. You will learn how brain development is affected by trauma. You will be able to clearly see how recovery and healing always must come within the context of relationship and howthat can happen. This is a book of profound hope.

With the rise in awareness of trafficking, it is easy to immediately feel a strong sense of justice yet not know how next to respond. White Umbrella describes multifaceted ways to practically respond. You can do something.

If God has drawn you to care for victims of sexual exploitation this book is a first must-read.

 

—Pamela MacRae, assistant professor of Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute

 


 

From the Back Cover

White, an adjective meaning "e;Free from spot or blemish"e;: as (1): free from moral impurity : INNOCENT (2): marked by the wearing of white by the woman as a symbol of purity.

Umbrella, a noun meaning: 1. A device for protection from the weather consisting of a collapsible, usually circular canopy mounted on a central rod, or  2. Something that covers or protects.

 

Every year over 100,000 girls in the United States are forced to do someone’s sexual bidding. Most of them are between the ages of 9 and 19.

 

This is not some faraway, foreign problem. This is in our own neighborhoods, our own towns and cities.

 

Throughout these pages read the stories of these girls and the people who have come alongside them to hold the white umbrella of protection and purity over them on the road to restoration. See the need for these protecting, caring partners. Learn what it means to love and care for these survivors in action, prayer, and support.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802408591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802408594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2012
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Wellspring Living is an organization leading the way when it comes to survivors of human trafficking. Their true compassion and excellence in care is life changing, not just for the girls they serve, but for those of us who help survivors out along the way. This book is one of the most practice resources I have read on the subject. Other resources have talked about the problem, but this one helps to put feet to a solution. I have seen first hand the lives that have been changed through doing ministry this way -- respecting the dignity of a human being and loving them toward wholeness. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this ministry is and how helpful and practical this book is. Also, they share their best practices through an organizational mentorship program that helps organizations around the nation and internationally get started. Keep up the great work! And God bless anyone who is starting out on this journey to help human trafficking survivors.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Gift For You on October 6, 2012
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The White Umbrella is a much needed piece of work in the fight against sex trafficking. It not only gives insight into the life of a survivor, but also gives great examples of how to get involved through volunteering and praying. Additionally, it gives wonderful examples of those using their own gifts and skills to help raise awareness. I highly recommend reading.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By True Blue on October 2, 2012
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Just received my copy last week. This book is both very well written and very informative without the gaudy sensationalism of some works. Found it hard to put it down... inspired me to live the purpose-driven life in more diverse ways... ordered additional copies for family, Church members, friends and co-workers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pam on October 10, 2012
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What a gift to have the experiences of the Wellspring journey recorded. The book is indeed eye opening; illustrating that the problems we are up against are not easily solved and the early woundedness of young women as children impact their adulthood. As I read the book, my emotions ran the gamut from anger, deep sadness, discomfort to joy in restoration. The stories are authentic and don't sugar coat what we are up against, as a society. If you want the real story, this book gives the reader just that.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CindyB on October 1, 2012
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So many times we wonder "how?", "Why?", "What can I do?"
Mary Frances Bowley's new book helps answer some of those questions...the how and why of so many stories, the how and why of healing and recovery and how we as a community and individuals can be a part of walking with survivors and making an impact.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rockhavenw on October 17, 2012
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This "no frills," book tells the unvarnished story of sex trafficking victims from different perspectives, including: the victims themselves, counselors, teachers, support personnel, and volunteers. It is a quick read that is meant to inform and engage people. Through the book, you realize that there are lots of opportunities for service to this population, even for those who may think, "I'm not qualified to help with this issue." You'll realize that everyone can do SOMETHING, and little things mean a lot to victims of childhood sexual trauma. Strategic partnerships with other organizations enable Wellspring to attack trafficking on many levels: through the courts, through education and advocacy, and on the streets. Wellspring's work with girls and women, for over eleven years, makes the organization one of the oldest, and most effective, in the country. (I recently stepped down after serving on the Wellspring Board for over ten years, and have seen, firsthand, many stories similar to those in the book.) CAUTION: Don't read the book unless you want your life to change as you become involved. Once you know about childhood sex trafficking, it's almost impossible for you to ignore the issue and simply "do nothing."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric on October 5, 2012
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congratulations Wellspring and Mary Frances.. I am proud to be a part of an excellent organization of women helping to heal women and young girls that have been victimized.
Well done on the book!! You are an organization of principles, truth and integrity. Keep up the good work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul on October 6, 2012
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I thought this book was both inspiring and educational. I pray that church and community leaders from across the nation follow the example laid out in The White Umbrella, and we can see an end to sex trafficking!
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