Sunday, November 11, 2012

Giveaway: The White Umbrella

Last month, a dear friend of mine received a couple of copies of The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Frances Bowley. She was so captivated by the book that her interest piqued mine, and she gave me a copy of the book, asking only that I pass it along when I was finished. Well, now I'm finished, so I decided it was time for a blog giveaway!

The White Umbrella tells stories from Wellspring Living, an Atlanta-based ministry which fights childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. This organization comes alongside wounded and broken women and offers them the love and support they need to begin putting their lives back together.

The harsh reality is, sex trafficking isn't just an "over there somewhere" problem, an ugly issue centered in Southeast Asia. It happens here. And maybe you've heard the alarming and heartbreaking statistic: one out of every four women is sexually abused before the age of eighteen. That means women you know and love have suffered unimaginable horrors. How do we help them? What can be done?

Bowley and the staff and volunteers at Wellspring Living have spent the last decade pursuing--and demonstrating--answers to those questions. From the back cover of the book:
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 foreign, faraway 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, serving partners. Learn what it means to love and care for these survivors in action, prayer, and support. 
I'd like to send my copy of The White Umbrella to a reader who would like to read it and then pass it along to someone else. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below. For extra entries:

  • share this post somewhere else (Facebook/Twitter/your own blog/etc.), and leave a separate comment saying that you did so
  • subscribe to my blog (here or over in the sidebar), and leave a separate comment (either saying that you are already a subscriber, or you have just now signed up)
This giveaway will close at 9:00 PM (CDT) on Saturday, November 17. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced next Sunday. 


Brenna Kate Simonds, Living Unveiled said...

I'm a blog subscriber :)

Brenna Kate Simonds, Living Unveiled said...

I tweeted as well.

Brenna Kate Simonds, Living Unveiled said...

And one more comment for the sake of commenting! As Amy knows, the cause of trafficking is very close to my heart! I just ran my first marathon in order to raise funds & awareness about child sex trafficking.

Natalie said...

Amy! I am already a subscriber but this give away makes me extra excited. Obviously, not that human trafficking exists...but that a book which highlights it is happening in the US as well. The Lord's been recently calling my attention more and more to what's happening here in our nation. Excited to get my hands on this book somehow.

Danielle said...

Sex trafficking has long been on my heart ever since I read "Terrify No More." So I'd love to win this book! I tweeted about it.

Danielle said...

I subscribe!