If you have read my previous book review posts you will know that I LOVED Kimberly Rae’s books Capturing Jasmina and Buying Samir (reviewed here and here) and can hardly wait for the third book Seeking Mother which is coming around Christmas time. I could hardly put down either of these books and they helped open my eyes to what child labour really is, and change the way I shop. So when Kimberly Rae left me a comment asking me to read and review her new book, Shredded I was so honoured and excited!
I ended up with getting sick on Monday and was able to spend the entire day reading so having a great new book that I was excited about helped make my day more bearable.
Shredded starts with a church that is obviously suffering but doesn’t seem to understand why, power struggles and legalism have crept in and sins have been covered up. When a new, young pastor is hired everything changes and dark secrets are brought to surface. Many people aren’t ready for the changes or the kind of people who have been welcomed in.
Shredded is a cautionary tale of how we can be fooled by those around us who pretend to have the Christian life down pat. It is a reminder that we often judge people based on the way they dress, the choices they make and the way they present themselves without knowing what they have been through or taking the time to get to know who they really are.
It is the story of one woman saved from a life of prostitution and sex trafficking whose life is changed when one person really looked at her as an equal and welcomed her into their church. A woman who then met Jesus and changed everything about her life and the lives of everyone around her.
It is also the story of another woman who faced abuse as a child and instead of acting out retreated within herself and needed rescue as much as her trafficked friend did.
This book is a reminder that it doesn’t matter what is in our past, the choices we have made or what has been done to us against our will, Jesus can redeem even the darkest past and make something beautiful from our lives if we only will trust him.
Once again Kimberly has challenged me to look more carefully at my life, the people around me and especially the ones that I don’t normally notice. She has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and not worry what people around me might think.
This is another fantastic book by a woman who addresses hard topics like child slavery, sex trafficking and prostitution in such a delicate way and yet does not sugar coat it in the slightest. She is an expert at describing the horror of these things in a careful way so that anyone can read about it and really understand without it being crass. I haven’t seen anyone do so well at this, many try to shock the reader with harsh details while Kimberly does the same thing and helps you to feel the same amount of anger and sorrow about trafficking in a careful and gentle way. Even though Shredded is written for adults instead of young adults as her India Street Kids series is, I would still recommend this book even to teenage girls.