In the 1800s American South, Harriet Jacobs is enslaved and tormented by a cruel master. He relentlessly attempts to force her into a sexual union, and, when rebuffed, he separates her from her children and spends a lifetime trying to coerce her and then recapture her when she escapes to freedom. Jacobs outwits her tormentor and eventually reunites with her children, works in the cause of abolition and reform, and helps newly freed slaves with education and aftercare.
In 2012, Timothy Ballard encounters a grieving father in Haiti whose three-year-old son has been kidnapped and sold into slavery, along with thousands of children who were orphaned after an earthquake devastated the country. Inspired by Harriet Jacobs, Tim pledges to track down the missing child and leaves his job at the Department of Homeland Security to establish Operation Underground Railroad. This foundation infiltrates black markets in human trafficking, liberates victims, and provides a comprehensive aftercare process involving justice and rehabilitation for survivors.
Slave Stealers alternates these two riveting stories, weaving them together to expose the persistent evil of trafficking and sexual exploitation that has existed for centuries—and inspiring us to find a way to end it. Filled with heartbreaks and triumphs, miracles and disappointments, hair-raising escapes and daring rescues, this gripping book provides insight into this terrible evil and the good that can be done when caring people step up and stand in the light.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Timothy Ballard|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 6.5 hours|
Wow wow wow!
This is such an amazing book. I'd heard a little about Tim Ballard and his organization, but the reality of what he and others do to save so many children in horrific situations is very eye-opening. Not only do you learn a lot about present day slavery, but readers will also get a more clear picture about slavery in America's early history and during the Civil War. This book is clearly written for adult readers, especially because of the material discussed in the book about sex-trafficking all over the world.
"We can’t solve this problem overnight, but by just saving one child, we can give them back the life that God intended for them"...Tim Ballard
These true stories from the past and present are so compelling and gut-wrenching it was hard to put the book down. There are many things you'll read in this book that will shock you and also hurt your heart. Many of the words in this book are very inspiring about how all people can help by serving others in need. We can all find ways to help others by getting involved in Ballard's organization or other good causes. This non-fiction book has great writing that reads like a novel but you know what you're reading is real, brutal, and disgusting. There are many moments in the book that bring you to tears. I really loved the chapter that told more about President Abraham Lincoln and how he received divine help as he led our country during the American Civil War.
I recommend this book to you and I also urge you to read more about O.U.R. and their mission to end sex-trafficking and save children throughout the world, including the USA.
Fantastic! Tears come easily when one reads about slavery in the 1800s and in the 2000s. The comparing and contrasting element is amazing! Anyone who despises adult or child trafficking will shout for glee, when they read about the bravery of those committed early Underground Railroad saviors. Today Tim Ballard lends his expertise to recruit people who bravely move the modern-day Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) forward. To know that a Utah Congresswoman, Mia Love, assisted with the capture of a bad of the baddest trafficking ring in Haiti signals how important O.U.R. work is. For all history lovers this is a MUST read!
The cause of liberty from the beginning of time has been and always will be God’s mission. Great book, greater cause.
I am grateful that I bought this book. I had recently read a little bit about Harriet Jacobs and am enjoying know more. What a woman!!Learning that ways have been found to help with the trafficking today is remarkable. Tim and those who work with him bring hope that it's possible to find those children who have been kidnapped.
Timothy Ballard is engaging, honest, and every word is heartfelt. He has lived the life and walked the walk. I learned so much. I am now an abolitionist. And I back it with my pocketbook. All of this is real, invasive, and the themes in this book are essential. We can stand together. We can do something. We can heal this nation together.
This book opened my eyes to a world that I didn’t realize existed, at least not in the way described. It has changed my way of thinking on many levels. Thank you Tim Ballard
This book is awesome. I love the way the chapters switch back and forth between the past (Harriet Jacobs) and now days (Timothy Ballard and his fight against sex trafficking). It is a bit hard to read at parts, especially as a parent, because of the topic- children being sold into slavery and even seeing how much Harriet and other slaves have suffered. Most of Tim's stories in the book are ones I previously heard in listening to his story at TOFW etc, but they are told in a little bit more detail. I am so thankful for people like him and the O.U.R. Foundation and his sweet wife for supporting him and letting him do all this. This is a book all adults should read, maybe even mature young adults would learn from it. Because of it I feel inspired to be a better person, to give service and help. This is a great book and leaves you a better, more aware person.
This book is flooded with engaging education, past and present. The author does an amazing job weaving everything together while educating the reader about slave trafficking and all the horrors with it. My eyes were opened. Now I need to act.
A Real Eye Opener! Ballard weaves historic slave trade practices, notable people and their stories into the stories, people, and practices of today's rapidly growing, sex- trafficking, slave trade. He manages to deliver a soul stirring account while also delivering an inspiring yet urgent call for us to take action and help our suffering neighbors. I expected to feel weighed down by the accounts but instead was encouraged to help educate others and myself to help stop this horrific practice. It was a quick read for me as I just couldn't seem to put it down.
Not since reading Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, have I been so moved by a true story of courage, faith and love. The book makes you feel connected to the people, both past and present. I’m amazed by the author and compelled to the cause.
I appreciate Tim’s work with OUR, but his scholarship is a bit more than lagging, and with this book, it seems like his work sent straight to his head. It seems a little too self-congratulatory agrandizing. (Did I say a LITTLE too much? Now I’m being a little too nice)
I learned about Operation Underground Railroad a few years ago when I heard Timothy Ballard speak at a women's conference. I didn't realize that modern day slavery was going on, and my eyes were definitely opened. It's shocking and heartbreaking!
Since then I've tried to be educated and do what I can to help. When I heard about Slave Stealers I couldn't resist agreeing to review it. Non-fiction isn't my genre of choice, but this is such an important topic.
Not being a football fan, I'd never heard of Mike Tomlin, the writer of the forward, but I was immediately impressed by him. His passion for good and his faith really drew me to him. It was a great way to start this book.
The format of alternating chapters between past and present-day slave accounts was engaging. It was difficult content, but I learned so much. I'm not sure why certain aspects of our history have been largely left in the past, but I think it's so important for books like these to bring them to light. Change is very difficult without learning from our past. I really admire Timothy Ballard and his organization for all of the good they are doing around the world rescuing so many children enslaved in sex trafficking.
I highly recommend Slave Stealers. It deals with a very difficult subject, but is such a worthwhile read.