Friday, February 27, 2015

No Longer a Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan

Those with no voice—the suffering children of Asia—tell their stories. And as you listen to them, you share their anguish and rejoice in their triumphs. The whole world seems to stop as you look on.

Hope is growing in the hearts of those who never knew such a thing existed. In this truly gripping narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares their stories—stories of lives transformed, of families learning to love, of entire communities flourishing with new life. Witness as this next great wave of transformation sweeps the nations.

A new day is dawning in some of the darkest corners of the world.

My Review:

Having never read any book like this before, I am unsure how to review it.  To say it was a good read would be misleading because the truth is that the stories contained within this tome are heart-wrenching.  I had no idea how many children in Asia alone are suffering from malnutrition and disease, nor did I realize the number of children that are sold into slavery or sex trafficking each and every day.  My mind reels and my heart breaks for these poor children who know so little about love, compassion and goodness.  They have no inkling what a life of ease looks like, and unfortunately, most of them will never find out.

I am glad to have read the book because now I know and understand the need around the world.  However, I caution you that this book will cause you to shed tears for the many little ones who are living a literal hell on earth.  That being said, I still urge you to take the time to read the stories of these little ones and the information about what we can do to help.

The only issue I had with the book was that I felt it gave the reader a rather deceptive view on prayer.  Over and over again, the author tells stories of individuals who prayed, only to have their prayer immediately answered in the affirmative.  Not once did he mention someone who prayed and did not receive the thing for which he had asked.  While I doubt the author intended to lead people astray concerning the concept of prayer, I feel it is necessary to point out that God does answer every prayer, but that does not mean that we will always get the thing for which we prayed.  Sometimes God's answer is "No."  And while we may not understand God's reason for not granting our requests, we must still trust that He is sovereign and He knows best.

This book is being distributed through Gospel for Asia and is intended to educate the rest of the world about the plight of millions of children in Asia.  Gospel for Asia provides food, medical treatment, education and spiritual training to select children in various parts of Asia, and their goal is to expand their outreach in order to help ease the suffering of more children.  This book, along with other materials, offers information on how we can take part in reaching out to these outcast children in the slums of Asia.  The first step is to become aware of what is taking place in the lives of many of these children, which is the main purpose of this book.

Again, I cannot tell you that it will be a pleasant read, but I assure you it will open your eyes to the needs of others.  

Giveaway:

Unlike other giveaways, this book is available to every one of my readers.  That's right.  Gospel of Asia is making this book available for free to each of you.  Simple follow the link below and fill out the information to have the free book sent to you in the mail.  There is no obligation to buy anything or to sign up for any program.  You don't even have to pay for shipping.  Here's the link:
http://www.gfa.org/book/?motiv=WB52-FGB9B&cm_mmc=FlyByBloggerNetwork-_-Blog-_-Post-_-B9

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