Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage

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Think of the little girls you know: your daughter, a niece, a friend's child.

And then think about this: little girls are tossed away every day.

All over the world, women and girls face

starvationdisplacementilliteracysexual exploitationabuse

In fact, statistics show that the world's most oppressed are ...

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Overview

Think of the little girls you know: your daughter, a niece, a friend's child.

And then think about this: little girls are tossed away every day.

All over the world, women and girls face

starvationdisplacementilliteracysexual exploitationabuse

In fact, statistics show that the world's most oppressed are overwhelmingly female.

Moved by their plight, Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett took a trip across continents to partner with ministries working to help females and to interview girls in some of the most difficult places in the world.

These pages hold those girls' stories: stories of deep pain and suffering, inspiring courage, and incredible hope. They are the stories of girls who have discovered their value in God's eyes, in the midst of cultures that have rejected them. They are stories of rescue and redemption by God working through compassionate people--people like you.

These pages might hold pieces of your story as well, as the authors invite you to pray and speak on behalf of the millions of women and girls who still need to know how much they're worth. For each of the five sections of the book--physical suffering, education, sexual protection, prison and war, and spiritual life--the authors provide specific, practical action steps and prayer points that allow you to get involved as God leads.

Opening these pages will open your eyes to situations you couldn't imagine, to places you've probably never been and to young girls--not so different from the ones you know--who are dearly loved by God. And our powerful God will help us as we read, speak and pray on their behalf, that the forgotten might become free.

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Editorial Reviews

10 Books on Faith & Justice
The stories in Forgotten Girls are not easy to read, but they will change you. You'll learn about obscure and little-known cultural and societal practices around the world, from Africa to Asia—and you'll find that today's injustices pare down to the names, faces, nightmares and dreams of real girls you won't be able to forget."
Beth Booram
"Through riveting, firsthand accounts, Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett take you on a mind-blowing, heart-expanding global expedition as they tell stories of the most defenseless and voiceless of our time--women and children. Forgotten Girls is an unforgettable read, one that can convert our lack of awareness into meaningful, urgent action!"
Dean Hirsch
"This is a moving and inspiring collection of personal stories about real girls from Asia to Africa surviving violence, abuse, discrimination and injustice . . . and the role of God's hand in turning lives of desperation into lives of hope. Strom and Rickett make the facts and sociocultural realities of their worlds come alive, and they challenge us to question our own assumptions about whether or not any single person can make a difference. . . . Everyone's help is needed to truly end this oppression and abuse."
"10 Books on Faith & Justice
The stories in Forgotten Girls are not easy to read, but they will change you. You'll learn about obscure and little-known cultural and societal practices around the world, from Africa to Asia--and you'll find that today's injustices pare down to the names, faces, nightmares and dreams of real girls you won't be able to forget."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837311
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 671,193
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

A professional writer based in Eugene, Oregon, Kay Marshall Strom has written more than thirty books. She now partners with her husband (Daniel Kline) as Kline, Strom International, Inc., and together they have spoken on various topics to well over 100,000 people in more than twenty countries.

Michelle Rickett is founder and president of Sisters In Service, an international ministry mobilizing advocates to equip women against poverty, oppression, exploitation and spiritual darkness in the world's hardest places through practical grassroots projects. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she is also coauthor (with husband Daniel) of a Bible study course that graduates mentors called Ordinary Women (Wine Press, 2001) and a contributing author to A Celebration of Women (Watercolor Press, 2001).

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART 1: Physical Life
1 Stand Up to the Witch: INDONESIA Beti's Story
2 Disposable Mothers: TIBET Sonam's and Pema's Stories
3 Sacrificed to Gods: INDIA Sunshine's Story
4 Not Enough Girls: NORTH KOREA and CHINA Si-un's Story Step Out and Take Action for Physical Life ChangePART 2: Educational Life
5 Education for AIDS Orphans: CHINA Mai Lin's Story
6 Beautiful Music from Untouchable Girls: INDIA Anne's Story
7 Given by the Chief: SENEGAL Esmee and Afia's Story
8 A New Way: EGYPT Anissa's and Safia's Stories Step Out and Take Action for Educational Life ChangePART 3: Sexual Protection for Life
9 Temporary Wives in Timbuktu: MALI Halima's Story
10 Kidnapped! KYRGYZSTAN Meerim's Story
11 Girls for Sale: NEPAL Nima's Story
12 Throwaway Girls: INDIA Poonam's Story Step Out and Take Action Against Sexual AbusePART 4: Freedom in Life
13 Behind Prison Bars: PAKISTAN Majeeda's and Alira's Stories
14 Surviving War: SUDAN Amina's and Khadijah's Stories
15 Sisters of War: IRAQ Alina's Story Step Out and Take Action for Freedom in LifePART 5: Spiritual Life
16 An Awakening: IRAN Dorri's and Nahid's Stories
17 From Geisha Daughter to Daughter of the King: JAPAN Yoshi's Story Step Out and Take Action for Spiritual Life Change Conclusion: Looking Through Eyes of Hope Appendix: Recommended Reading Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    A real "eye opener"

    this is a real "eye opener". One's heart goes out to these girls. Well written, concise and clear.

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