Priceless

I finished reading Tom Davis' new book, Priceless, a few days ago, and I have yet to be able to shake it.

Davis has a way of taking you into the world that he paints with words. You feel like you know all the characters personally. You travel with them on their journeys, you know them deeply. You feel connected to them, which is why leaving them at the end of the book is so hard...

You've left the journey (at least temporarily), and now can only imagine what happens next.

So I was glad that Priceless continues the journey of Stuart Daniels, the main character from Tom Davis' first novel Scared that I loved so much (it's #13 on my Top 20 books).

Stuart is a photojournalist, and I was glad to catch up with him again. This time, Stuart has been sent to Russia for an assignment, he connects with an old friend and gets caught up in the fight against human trafficking before he even knows it.

His quest involves an orphan girl that he met years earlier, who is now in grave danger. As in Scared, Stuart's faith is challenged and strengthened from being submerged in one of the darkest places of the world. Again, evil abounds and attempts to take his life, but God has bigger plans.

Tom Davis's heart for orphans is obvious in the narratives he weaves in his novels.  He does a great job of showing the depth of the issue while also telling you a riveting story. He also paints a clear picture of the darkest reality of what happens when we do nothing. His stories, though fiction, are based on real incidents he has seen and been a part of in his work as the CEO of Children's Hopechest.

This book contains some truly unforgettable characters, the beautiful orphan Marina, and Katya, the strong and determined woman fighting to free sex slaves.

But my favorite was Vlad. I loved Vlad. You will meet him when you read the book. For some reason, I really connected to Vlad. I think it's because I really like redeemed bad guys.

As someone who works in the fight against human trafficking and as a champion for orphan care around the world, I am so thankful for books like Priceless. Awareness is a must in the cause of the "least of these", informing people about that which is often out of sight, out of mind.

I am hopeful that books like Scared and Priceless will cause people to think, "I had no idea orphans were trafficked. What can I do to help?"

This book is true art. Like the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, it's crafted to mesmerize, transport, disturb us and help us see the suffering of the least of these, but it also entertains us and it does it so well that we are not able to disconnect from these fictional character so easily, they become real representations of hard realities in our psyche. They scar us in the best way.

For more about Priceless and how you can fight the sex trade, visit SheIsPriceless.com or "Like" the Priceless facebook page. To connect with Tom, you can read his blog on Beliefnet.

You can also, visit the organization I am involved with, Traffickinghope.org to find out how you can help fight human trafficking here in the U.S.

Comments

Thank you so much for spreading the word about Priceless!!!

We'd love to continue to connect with people who care about this issue. You can join our facebook communities
http://www.facebook.com/ChildrensHopeChest?ref=ts OR
http://www.facebook.com/pricelessbook?ref=ts

Thanks for mentioning the www.SheIsPriceless.com site as well where we have a 5 day devotional to pray for the victims of trafficking!

Let me know if you'd like to get connected. I love hearing how the Lord is opening people's eyes to the injustice around us and at the same time lighting a fire in us for how to change it!!

Brandi
My email is brandi@hopechest.org and my personal blog is www.BrandiLea.com
(I work with Tom at HopeChest!)