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Blog Tour Wrap Up for “Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Author MacKenzie Morganthal has written our wrap-up post for her lovely blog tour this past week, with a special sneak peek of her story – read on!

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Welcome to the closing post for the “Not Abandoned” blog tour! I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this week, and it has been a blessing for me to see my book highlighted on all these other blogs. It has been a joy for me to give you all a peek into this story that is so close to my heart.

Out of all my “Not Abandoned” characters, Haley Hampton is the one I can relate to the most. (To read her character interview, click here!) She’s strong-willed and determined, and (more often times than not) she jumps into things without always thinking them through. As I was thinking about how to end this tour, I thought it would be fun to include a sneak peek into one of Haley’s scenes in this book:

 

Okay, I am going to sleep,” Anna said, closing her laptop and standing up. “You should too. You’re letting this affect you way too much. It’s not that big of a deal.”

    Haley whipped her head up to stare at her friend. “Not a big deal? Anna, it’s huge. Who knows the heinous acts that this young girl is being forced into tonight? And here I am, a carefree college kid, able to sleep in her nice warm bed and eat a midnight snack.” She tossed her cereal on the counter and walked over to the door. Slipping on a pair of shoes, she called back over her shoulder, her blue eyes piercing through Anna, “I won’t just stand by and do nothing as long as I have the ability to do something.”  

 

This is one of my favorite scenes because Haley’s last sentence is so powerful. I was once challenged to find my passion and the thing that breaks my heart the most, and then let it inconvenience me and make me uncomfortable enough to do something about it. And that challenge is the inspiration behind this scene. It is my prayer that through this book, other people will have the courage to stand up against the injustices in this world and speak the same words that Haley did.

In closing, I’d like to say another huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of this blog tour and to those who have been reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. ☺

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Miss any of the blog tour? Here are all the links again!

 

 

June 14th:

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (tour introduction) 

June 15th:

Claire B. The Overactive Imagination

    Heather FitzGerald (character interview)

June 16th:

Alicia R. A Brighter Destiny

Shantelle H. The World of the Writer

June 17th:

Amada C. ASC Book Reviews

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (book review)

June 18th:

Valerie Howard Books

June 19th:

Faith Blum (author interview)

Heather Day Gilbert (book excerpt)

June 20th:

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (tour wrap-up) – you’re here!

 

And don’t forget to check out MacKenzie’s website and links so you can keep up-to date with her and her books – there will be more! :)

 

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Two words….human trafficking.

Four different lives…are altered forever.

Haley, a police officer in training, is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail.

With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late?

Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

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Book Review: “Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Hello readers! Today, as part of the blog tour, I have a very special review – this book was recently published by “my very good friend Richard W. Cornvelt MacKenzie Morganthal”!! (Okay, so I admit I just used a quote from the kid show “Choo-Choo Bob” but since it is often on in my house, I can use it). But truly, I am so honoured to be able to review this gem! So, without further ado, read on for the review!

 

 

 

“Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Review copy source: the Author

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Human trafficking… These two words will change four different lives forever. Especially for Haley, a police officer in training, who is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail. With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late? Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

My Thoughts:

I love this book. Truly I do. And I am not just saying that because I know and love the author like a sister. “Not Abandoned” is an amazing piece of art, showing the realism of Human Trafficking in a deep but gentle way. And there’s also a bit of a mystery to it! There were things I wasn’t even expecting. And even in my second read through of it, knowing the end, I was still reading as fast as I could, on the edge of my seat because it is that good.

You can tell that this book was entirely God-guided and I find that so remarkably powerful. His hand was through every page.
The story following these girls as victims of the sex-slavery pulled you right along – you hurt with them, you cried with them. And in the end, you hoped with them.
All of the characters were constructed very nicely. I think my favourite of the characters was Haley, the cop-in-training. I also really liked another character, but that person surprised us in doing something wrong. I won’t say who or give names, but that one was a favourite. I hope to see said character in the sequel!

Honestly, this book is hard to review because of the deep subject, but let me assure you it was handled with such grace while still exposing the terrible crime that is Human Trafficking. Millions of girls are in slavery, and I feel that this book helps give them a voice. This is a real thing, not to be handled lightly, and that is shown perfectly in “Not Abandoned”.

So I highly, highly recommend this book to older readers – I believe she has ages 14 and up – I might go a little higher than that, only because my little sister is so sensitive that I wouldn’t want her reading anything before she’s ready – but for others, 14 might be just fine :)   Anyway, I do suggest picking up this little gem!  It is definitely on my ‘favourites’ list!  (No bias, truly!)

And let me also just say, the cover is astounding! So perfect for the story and extremely eye-catching!

 

Congrats, Kenzie, and thank you for allowing me to read and review this fantastic book!

 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is real, and oh-so serious. How many of us take the time to actually think about it and pray for those that are trapped in it? I forget too often, though it is something that weighs heavily on my heart.  Today I want to share a music video on the topic. Please watch and listen till the end, and please, please, please, keep these victims in your prayers!

 

 

I had a dream the other night that I was trapped in a human-trafficking ring, and I woke up with my heart beating rapidly, reminding me to pray for those who are caught in it. For them, it is not just a dream, but a living nightmare.

 

Sex trafficking generates $ 27.8 billion every year. Learn more about these great organizations working to combat sex trafficking and forced prostitution: Apne Aap Women Worldwide, Girls Are Not For Sale, International Justice Mission, New Light and Somaly Mam Foundation: www.halftheskymovement.org  Breaks my heart

Books I’ve read (fiction) about it:

http://www.amazon.com/Priceless-Novel-World-Tom-Davis-ebook/dp/B005S2CMQA/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427553255&sr=1-9&keywords=priceless

“Priceless” by Tom Davis. This was my first real entry into the world of Human Trafficking, and it broke my heart. This book was amazing, and sad, and redemptive, and you should read it.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Visible-Threat-Janice-Cantore-ebook/dp/B00E1O7O3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427553347&sr=1-1&keywords=visible+threat+by+janice+cantore

“Visible Threat” by Janice Cantore. Again, eye-opening, and heart-wrenching. I reviewed this book here.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Deliver-Me-Evil-Kathi-Macias-ebook/dp/B008FBMQ9O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427553450&sr=1-1&keywords=kathi+macias

“Deliver me from evil” by Kathi Macias.

 

“Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie M. This is, God-willing, in the process of being published by my kindred spirit. I was so blessed and privileged to be one of her first readers, and I cannot wait to share this book with you all. She captured the topic/situation of Human-trafficking beautifully, and yet showed the heart-breaking truth of it, and God just completely took over.

 

As for non-fiction, this book was really good:

http://www.amazon.com/White-Umbrella-Walking-Survivors-Trafficking-ebook/dp/B008B9VJM0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427556109&sr=1-1&keywords=white+umbrella

“White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking” by Mary Frances Bowley (I also reviewed this one here).

 

And I might’ve read other books, but these are the ones that come to the forefront of my mind.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this, and remember the victims in your prayers!

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Moody Book Review: “The White Umbrella: Walking with survivors of sex trafficking” by Mary Frances Bowley

Title: The White Umbrella: Walking with survivors of sex trafficking

Author: Mary Frances Bowley

Type: Non-fiction

Number of pages: 200

Source: Moody Publishing Blogging program: http://mpnewsroom.com/

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Description: 

Sex trafficking. We hear about it on the nightly news and in special interest stories from around the world, but it occurs daily in communities all around us. Every year, thousands of young women are forced into sexual exploitation. Most are under the age of 18. The damage this causes to their emotions and souls is immeasurable, but they are not without hope.

The White Umbrella tells stories of survivors as well as those who came alongside to help them to recovery. It describes the pain and the strength of these young women and those who held the “white umbrella” of protection and purity over them on the road to restoration.

This book offers principles and guidance to anyone with a heart for these hurting young women and a desire to help. It is an ideal resource for individuals or organizations seeking to learn what they can do to assist these victims in becoming whole again.

 

My Review:

This book is one that you’re sure not to forget. And one that should definitely be read by anyone who is considering working with (or even praying for) survivors of the sex-trafficking trade.
It gave me such a better view into what the girls and women go through *after* they are out of that slavery, and what you can do to help them.
It was very sad, too – I expected that. It is real-life accounts; some told by the women that went through it themselves.
This book is a gem. Wellspring Living Program is amazing and I wish I had the opportunity to volunteer there.
I had to take my time with this book, and sometimes take a step back from it, because it was heavy and hit hard. But it was so good and so helpful. I know I will look back on it many times. I have learned much from it, which I appreciated it.
Really, I think this is a must-read for those considering involving themselves in the campaign to end sex-trafficking.
It is an amazing and awe-inspiring book. But do read with ‘caution’ – this isn’t a fluffy happy read. It is a serious plight of women everywhere.

 

Thank you to Moody Publishing for my review copy. :)

I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.