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Unmask the Predators: The Battle to Protect Your Child
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2012
Shocking and instructive, this is a necessary paperback for all parents, even for protective families. Living their lives as Christians of integrity, the Cherrys were the last family anyone would expect to encounter sexual abuse. Anyone who knew them would agree. Nevertheless, their daughter Kalyn shares that despite the limited television privileges, closely guarded friendships and home education, a predator was able to abuse her in what should have been their most trusted haven - their own church, even their own staff. What a blessing it is to see the redeeming power of God through the lives of the Cherry family. He certainly does make beauty for our ashes, and they are proof of this. Now as true ministers, they use their dark story to caution us all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2012
Every parent and teen should read this book to protect themselves and their kids from the increasing risk of predators. An unbelieveable story of how predators can enter a family unawares and the the perseverance of determined parents to get their child back. The book is worth getting just for the listing of the 26 Keys in the last chapter alone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2012
We see the headlines about sexual abuse of children...and can catch ourselves saying, "Whew, not in my family (or church, or school, or sports team, etc.)." How naive! Lisa and Kalyn bravely reveal the utter hell that ensues when the headlines hit home and, ultimately, how God can heal the deepest wounds. Beyond that, they equip readers with tools to detect signs of the insidious traps predators can set to steal our children's innocence. PLEASE, arm yourself and others, and grab a copy for your own family, church, school or organization. Odds are, someone in your circle of friends knows all too well the importance of this message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2012
As a marriage and family counselor, I deal with the aftermath of this kind of abuse that destroys families on a daily basis. I am grateful for the Cherry's strength and courage to share their journey to wholeness. The knowledge found within these pages are vital for preventative measures. It helps you recognize those "red flags" and prompts you to act when your instincts say something is wrong. This is a book that every family, church and family ministry needs to be talking about.

One would think church would be the safest place in the world for our children, but the harsh facts are that predators know that churches are where there are plenty of children. This book reveals the tragedy that can unfold if someone sets their heart to lure a child away from the sanctuary of the family.

God promises that ALL things will work together for the good of them who love Him and are called according to His purposes. The Cherry family story shows the redemptive work of a merciful God!

Bottom line... This book will help us all become better stewards of our children-- in our homes, schools and churches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2012
Unmask the Predators is a book that is sorely needed today. This could only have been written by those who have not only been through this crisis, and also come through it healed and stronger as a family. I'm so glad that the authors were willing to open up their pain, struggles and shortcomings so that many others will be able to avoid or overcome such a crisis.

Read it for the practical steps to avoid this nightmare. And read it for the vision and courage needed to overcome the damage and hurt your family may already have experienced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wow! This is a book for all Moms and Dads to learn how to protect your child especially from sexual predators. A book to read. A book to keep handy and a book for each school teacher to read.

The 12 chapters are just full of the why's as to why we need this book.
Chapter 12 provides 26 keys for the protection of children from sexual predators.

This is a great book for spiritual growth and for small group studies.

The book is a true story of a family, it trials, and the love of Jesus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
This is an awesome book - not just for those who want to protect their family from preditors, but it so can reach into all areas of one's life. It's counsel comes from the Word of God. This mother speaks from her heart - the mistakes made and God's grace to see them through to victory.
I received this book as a free e-book through Destiny Image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2012
Unmask the Predators is an easy read and filled with inspiration and direction for families facing problems with their misguided children. I was a high school principal for 10 years and would have loved to have had this book in my library of resources. I would definitely recommend reading this book if you play "any" role in a child's life!
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on September 26, 2012
Unmask The Predators was written by Lisa Cherry and her daughter, Kalyn Cherry Walker. It's a story about a traumatized daughter and a traumatized family. Kalyn becomes involved in an illicit relationship that has a profound effect not only on herself, but on those around her.

In the sex-crazed culture of America, there needs to come a return to Jesus Christ and The Word of God. In America today, Lisa tells us 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Lisa develops 9 strategies of truth to build a foundationon, beginning with #1: "satan does not exist." Lisa finds hope in the scriptures and resting in God while reading Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkenson, and Reese Howells: Intercessor, by Norman Grubb. She orders Joyce Meyers' Emotional Healing Kit for further healing. Lisa develops a 12-step battle plan beginning with step #1: WALK in Faith and Patience. She lists 26 Keys to Protecting Your Children, and a section on scripture confessions that she has read numerous times outloud.

Lisa's journal tells us her daughter Kalyn has a weakened spiritual immune system but God is telling her "See her as delivered. See her as set free. Treat her as such. Pray the prayer of faith. Ignore symptoms. Walk in wisdom concerning the day to day. Watch My Word performed in your midst. The victory is yours, but the battle is Mine...Declare and decree My Word."

I was recently reminded that fear and faith have somewhat the same foundation: Fear means you expect something bad is going to happen in the future. Faith means you are expecting something good. Sometimes you need encouragement and this book may provide that for many. When the disciples were confronted by a storm after Jesus had shown them it could have been calmed on a previous occasion, they failed to calm it. Nevertheless, they were together as a group, and should have drawn strength from each other. This book may become an additional source of strength for you.
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Lisa Cherry writes from a mother's perspective as she tells of the devastation when it was confirmed that their fifteen year old daughter, Kalyn, had fallen victim to a forty-six year old predator. She tells of the pain of guilt, regret, and anger she experienced. She writes from the deepest desperation of her soul.

Kalyn candidly tells her story of the emotional roller coaster she experienced. Her pain took the form of rebellion, depression, dysfunctional relationships, eating disorders, and self-mutilation.

The format and content of the material is instructional, well organized, and practical. The book is filled with strategies and tactics aimed at helping the reader build a plan for dealing with Satan's deception, the place of parental authority, and for engaging in spiritual battle.

The chapter titled "Twenty-Six Keys for Protecting Your Child from Sexual Predators" is especially important for parents. The points to ponder at the end of the chapters also provide important reinforcement to the material covered in the text. These points also open the possibility for use as a group discussion guide within the context of information meetings or in a support group setting.

"Unmask the Predators" is highly endorsed by Christian leaders, pastors, educators, and parents earnestly seeking to protect families from the influence and attack of evil predatory forces. Must reading for every parent.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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