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The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    As Naomi walks us into brothels, prisons, and devastation around the world, she reveals that life is not a fairy tale. What we all long for in life, as women, is the fairy tale ending of "Happily Ever After", however, life sometimes only involves an "ever after".
    Naomi Zacharias shares her own story of finding grace in the brokenness of her own life, as well in the lives of others as she travels around the world to look into the devastation and broken hopes of lives that long for the "Happily Ever After"
    The question that arose in my heart while reading the stories of the women in the brothels, the displacement camps where men begged for vegetables and children homes where babies were left while their mothers worked the streets was "Is God's grace sufficient?"
    Can God's grace cover such tragedy? Such heartache? Such hopelessness?
    The answer I struggle with is "Yes".
    I don't truly think American's know the utter, deep, despair that the world faces. We tend to close our eyes to such things.because we have been fed the "Happily Ever After" fairy tale for far too long.
    Naomi presents to us a challenge. It is a challenge to see the world in the light of the grace that God offers to those who are broken, imprisoned, and wanting to die. It is a challenge to offer that grace to those who do not know the scent of water.a living water, that is offered in God's Son, Jesus.
    I have received this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review from Zondervan. The opinions and view are my own

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    "The Scent of Water, Grace for Every Kind of Broken" by Naomi Zacharias This book was a very eye opening journey for me, the reader, while the author tells us her story of traveling around the world trying to help women and children where she can. This book is full of places from around the world, right to what is inside of us. I will say my review of this book does not even touch the surface of what she did, where she went, and what she, personally, got out of her travels and portrays as she tells us her story. The only way to get the true understanding of what she went completely and what she has to teach us from her experience is to read this book for yourself. This is a story of truth. It is a story of life and lives. It is of sadness, happiness, of learning, of doing. It is reaching out to others when no one else would even consider it, and people reaching out to us. Naomi goes through life learning her own lessons of life, and helps to teach us what she has learned. Naomi Zacharias has written a work of Non-Fiction, telling us about her life experiences starting at the young age of 23 when she went to work for Wellspring International, an outreach of RZIM. From the book, their foundation bases their values on Rescue, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Re-entry; helping individuals in need and existing organizations serving women and children at risk. Knowing that, you understand why she traveled and did some of the things she did. She has been all over the world to such extreme places, such as in Pakistan riding in a car with outside temperatures of 125 degrees, wrapped up, hidden in the dress of the area so the Taliban would not kidnap and take her hostage if they knew she was American, all in the name of helping people. She went to Amsterdam, Asia, India, and other countries visiting the Red Light Districts, trying to help the women who had become sex slaves of prostitution to try to help themselves get out. It is not something you can force these women to do, she says, as they must make their own choices to get out. It was not most of their choices to become sex slaves, but by the time Naomi would come across them, most of them could not get out or had children, and this occupation paid well. They had no friends or relatives to rely on for help, and could not return home as they had this title of "Prostitute" hanging over their heads, by no fault of their own. They had become a shame to their families. If only these families knew they had sent their daughters to this life by blessing them. This was amazingly eye opening to me. I knew of the sex slave industry, but I had no knowledge or the circumstances surrounding it. This part is not in the book, but, when Natalie Holloway disappeared, there was speculation that possibly she had been kidnapped into the sex slave industry. When I heard that, I thought no way. I was wrong. I now can see why people thought that. I did not know this happened so often, and to so many women, nor did I know how easily this can happen to any woman. I did not understand the extent of this problem until reading this book. One of Naomi's descriptions of how women are kidnapped or even fooled into the sex slave industry will never leave my mind. It was of an airline attendant who was romanced by a man who traveled often on the airlines she worked for. He brought her gifts every time he flew and was so nice to her. He eventually expressed his wishes to marry her and her fam

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