“How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.”
Psalm 41:1 NASB
It’s been a rough end of the year. I left in August to go to California to visit my mother and three months later I came home a changed woman. My mother entered Heaven’s gates on November 7, smiling and whispering the words to the 23rd Psalm. It was painful, hard, joyful, and a testament to God’s love and mercy. I can’t even describe the emotional roller coaster my sister and I found ourselves on. But God never strayed from our side, not even for a moment.
During those long hours sitting by her bed, I did a lot of reading. Some light, some fluffy, some deep, some soul-searching. A little bit of everything. I am always telling God how grateful I am that He has allowed me to be friends with some of the greatest writers, publishers, and agents in His big beautiful world. The books that come my way for reviewing are the cream of the crop.
A year ago, God placed sweetheart and I on a trip with a couple whose lives revolve around human trafficking. Rescuing and loving on some of the most broken of God’s children. Their stories grip your heart and twist parts of your soul you didn’t even know existed. I am blessed to call them friends. Without their selfless work and love for these women, the world would be a much darker place. You can find out more information about them at Redeemed Ministries.
When a package came in the mail from the Blythe Daniel Agency, I was curious to find a fiction book inside. I normally review devotions, Bible studies, motivational, or self-help books. The Shadow by Kimberly Rae was outside my “box” but I sat down and started reading. And there went a night of sleep. It is just that good. A little bit mystery, a little bit love story, a little bit military, and a life changing purpose.
The Shadow is the first book in a trilogy called the Rahab’s Rope trilogy which takes the reader into the world of sex trafficking in a way that is powerful and insightful. Instead of bland, boring statistics on a page, Kimberly gives the reader a glimpse of the dangers these organizations face through the eyes of Meagan Winston and Cole Fleming who have each been touched by the dark world of human trafficking. Meagan’s work in India for Rahab’s Rope has brought her to the attention of several different organizations, not all of which think her work is admirable. She meets Cole, who doesn’t exactly make a good first impression. Now Meagan must decide if Cole is on her side or the side of the enemy, all while protecting her own reputation and ultimately, her own life. Can she trust God to keep her safe? Can she trust her heart to tell her the truth?
There is a real life Rahab’s Rope. Strangely, I had come across them before at a convention but, like every convention, I was overwhelmed with information and their card got lost in the pile of business cards in my drawer. Rahab’s Rope “exists to give hope and opportunity to women and girls who are at risk or have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India.”
You will be excited to know that you too can become a part of those who rescue these beautiful women caught up in the sex trade. You don’t even have to have a passport. Just hop on over to either Rahab’s Rope or Redeemed Ministries and give generously so that they continue their life saving work. And look for Kimberly’s second book in the trilogy, The Runaway, which will be out this year. The Shadow would make a great Christmas gift, not just for those who love to read but also to show others how to work to destroy this dark part of our world.