He's written a book that has opened my eyes with God sized toothpicks, and I will never be able to close them again.
I had a love hate relationship with the book Scared, that he wrote a couple of yrs ago. I fell in love with the characters. I loved how he addressed the relationships, both the good and the bad, and then Christ's hand in it all.
I mourned for Adanna and the pain of the people in all of Africa. I could also relate to Stuart and his struggles. I really liked him alot.
I was glad to meet Stuart again in this book. To see what had been happening in his life, to catch up.
Tom has a way of pulling you right into the story, into the lives of the people, and making them part of your life. Having been in an orphanage, I could feel Marina's pain, and Stuart's pull towards her. I understood his feeling of responsibility, yet inability to make a change.
I had no real idea of the severity of this issue. I mean I guess I knew, but didn't realize the scale. I didn't realize some of the true evil that permeates the lives of these children. I was sickened by the ways trust was built and then betrayed, I found myself cringing at the ways that the church was used as a means to promote this industry.
All things one doesn't want to believe happens...yet it does.
I have a 16 year old daughter... about Marina's age. I can not fathom her having to deal with the things girls her age and younger have to go through.
This book will open your eyes, make you fall in love, make you furious, make you want to cry...make you want to kick satan's butt!
There is intrigue, mystery, the battle between good and evil ...you know who wins...but you also know who has to be His hands and feet in order to make that happen.
I am sure it was a hard book to write, as the material he had to work from is not G rated, yet Tom writes with conviction, truth, love and power. While keeping the dignity of the girls portrayed in the book.
This isn't a book for light reading, but I dare you to read it and not want to take action. The word needs to get out about this crime. People need to step up and take action. I think that's the thing that made me the most mad. The people in authority, both in the church as well as police and others that do nothing while this happens.
We have to be the voice for children all over the world even in our back yards.
To learn more about the book, or how you can help make a difference, visit the website at www.sheispriceless.com