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The stories in Forgotten Girls are not easy to read, but they will change you. You’ll learn about obscure and little-known cultural and societal practices around the world, from Africa to Asia--and you’ll find that today’s injustices pare down to the names, faces, nightmares and dreams of real girls you won’t be able to forget." ("10 Books on Faith & Justice," ACT:S, www.worldvisionacts.org)

"Strom and Rickett have done a superb job of creating a very readable, thought provoking collection of vignettes peppered with important statistical facts. . . Furthermore, Strom and Rickett provide practical suggestions for action to be taken, having stirred the readers conscience." (Lisa R. Roberts, Dharma Deepika, July-December 2010)

"Some books illuminate a subject in such a vivid light that its readers can't shake the residual memory no matter how hard they try. In Forgotten Girls Kay Strom and Michele Rickett confront us with harsh realities of sex trafficking and redemptive moments collected over years of hands-on global response. Through this work, Strom and Rickett reveal their long experience as practitioners in the earthy and pragmatic nature of their suggestions." (Steve Heimler, On Mission, (www.onmission.com), Spring 2010)

"More than just a collection of stories, this book also serves as a call for action. Forgotten Girls compels readers to listen to these rarely heard voices." (Rhonda M. McEwan, EMQ, April 2010)

"This is not an easy book to read, but it should be read by all church women. Women who will unite and work toward saving the world's unwanted and abused women." (Barbara Raupach, The Lamplighter)

"Forgotten Girls may be the most emotionally moving book you will add to your library this year." (Church Libraries, Winter 2009-10)

"A book we all need to read about little girls and women who are living in parts of the world that most of us never even think about. After reading, be prepared to want to do something to spread the word of the mistreatment of women and children." (Beverly Dillow, Retailers + Resources, November/December 2009)

"Through riveting, firsthand accounts, Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett take you on a mind-blowing, heart-expanding global expedition as they tell stories of the most defenseless and voiceless of our time--women and children. Forgotten Girls is an unforgettable read, one that can convert our lack of awareness into meaningful, urgent action!" (Beth Booram, author of Awaken Your Senses)

"This is a moving and inspiring collection of personal stories about real girls from Asia to Africa surviving violence, abuse, discrimination and injustice . . . and the role of God's hand in turning lives of desperation into lives of hope. Strom and Rickett make the facts and sociocultural realities of their worlds come alive, and they challenge us to question our own assumptions about whether or not any single person can make a difference. . . . Everyone's help is needed to truly end this oppression and abuse." (Dean Hirsch, global ambassador, World Vision International)

About the Author

A professional writer based in Eugene, Oregon, Kay Marshall Strom has written more than thirty books. She now partners with her husband (Daniel Kline) as Kline, Strom International, Inc., and together they have spoken on various topics to well over 100,000 people in more than twenty countries.

Michele Rickett is founder and president of She Is Safe (formerly known as Sisters In Service), an international ministry mobilizing advocates to equip women against poverty, oppression, exploitation and spiritual darkness in the world's hardest places through practical grassroots projects. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she is also coauthor (with husband Daniel) of a Bible study course that graduates mentors called Ordinary Women (Wine Press, 2001) and a contributing author to A Celebration of Women (Watercolor Press, 2001).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (December 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By dinglefest VINE VOICE on October 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm glad I didn't put down this book without letting it affect me.

I loved the stories in this book. And hated the realities that they showed me. I know women around the world face the harshness of starvation, displacement, illiteracy, sexual exploitation, and abuse to a greater degree than men do. Knowing that and reading stories of it are two different things. Knowledge doesn't always move me much; that knowledge with skin on in a story does.

At the end of each section, authors Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett include a list of action steps that could make a difference. Some are simple, including specific prayer needs and ideas for blog posts. Some are more elaborate. It's nice to have difference-making ideas after reading about awful circumstances.

One moving passage:

"Do our brothers and sister in the West know what's happening to us? Do they know we are being forced from our villages? That we are being raped and killed?"
Yes, we say, they know. The plight of the Sudanese is reported in newspapers and shown on television, and it saddens and horrifies us.
"If everyone knows," they say, "where are God's people who have freedom? Why don't they help us?"
That's why Sudan is the hardest place. Yet we go anyway, because the more God's people know, the more they care.

That made me think of a line from one of my favorite movies, Hotel Rwanda, about what the reaction will be of Westerners to footage of African genocide. When Don Cheadle's character assumes that people will help if they see footage of genocide, Joaquin Phoenix's character replies that he thinks people will see the footage, and say "'Oh, my God, that's horrible.' And then they'll go on eating their dinners.
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I have been a human rights activist for many years now. I know in depth of the countless areas in our world where women are brutally (in all senses of the word) treated and cast aside as 'nothings'.
One gripping moment in the book for me was when an author for this book was in India, (about an hour or more away from a bustling urban city), visiting in 'one of' India's poorest of the poor's villages, where sewage was open and the dump was the only way for a child to bring home a bit of money. There, the author ran into a little girl in a worn, tattered dress, held together only by a safety pin. To show this young girl some kindness and attention, she asked the young girl what she wanted to be when she grew up. The child's response was that of, "I'm not supposed to be anything".

We know that education is the only way out of poverty...the only way to make it any where at all in this world. But many girls don't even know about that. And this poor child is one of the millions who doesn't know anything about education. She only knows about the indecency by how she is treated, and that is her norm for living.

This book was extremely well written. It could not have been written more constructively than it was in regards to searching and telling stories of deplorable and extremely harsh livelihoods for those born as girls in countless societies. I am personally very thankful to those who commit themselves to missionary work on a periodic basis, and to those who live their lives as missionaries in harsh, remote and unbelievable conditions.
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I think bringing attention to abused children in any country and to human trafficking is great. These writers certainly were doing more than a good deed. I would have liked more stories of "girls" that were saved and how they are doing now. However, that said, this would be a good starter book for those that are still uninformed.
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By Hayley Kolb on November 14, 2010
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Forgotten Girls by Kay Marshall Strom & Michele Rickett is an incredibly eye opening book. It is not exactly an easy read, but I tried not to let it affect me. This book is about real stories of little girls being abused and hurt and abandoned. Not a pretty picture. It makes me enraged. Why is nothing being done for these girls? It is a moving book and it for sure makes you want to get involved.
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By D on May 15, 2013
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This book arrived to me in perfect condition! This book is a great read even if the book is a little on the sad side still great! But I wish the girls stories were a bit longer I read the book in a day.
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Every high school girl should read this! I donated it to the high school's library after I finished. Girls sold by their parents with the promise the man will have a job for them....the job of sex slave! Sex traffickers move the girls frequently to new places. It's a worldwide problem, even in urban America! It's shameful that more people don't do anything about it. If girls could read this book, they might think twice about running away from home and being on the streets. That nice guy that takes you in will most likely be your pimp! I don't remember if, but I think it addressed China's one child policy, which makes girls throw away! Now there are a lot of young men who can't find wives! Their civilization will eventually die out with the lack of women.
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