Slavery is not dead...
My fandom of faith-based thrillers and speculative fiction began with an introduction to Peretti’s, This Present Darkness back in the mid-1990s.
The book made an impact on many things in my life. It helped me cope with challenges and be proactive in the journey to better myself. It provided great examples in choosing to call on God to assist with emotional and spiritual damage control.
That's just one of the best perks you'll receive when engaging with faith-based, speculative fiction.
A new-ish writer on the scene in those genres is Laura Aranda. Her book, Pushing Back the Darkness walks the fine line along the edge of reality. It presents a knowledgeable perspective of the world of human trafficking and sex trade industries. This novel, about these demonically influenced, world-wide practices makes for a soul-stirring read, as well as providing additional platform space for Laura to speak up and be a a voice for the captives and those freed, yet damaged, by these horrible, insanely addictive subcultures that have stealthily set up businesses and developed well-established clientele, often in our own back yards.
I wanna be careful to not toss out any spoilers in hopes you’ll get this book and experience the story on your own. It provides a look into a world many of us may have only heard or read about via mainstream news media, but in truth, it goes on around multitudes of us every moment of every day. These practices are akin to invisible monsters devouring people. Many of them, the world didn’t know or didn’t want to, but others are sometimes close kin or close friends.
Recently, a local friend related a story to me of such an occurrence within my own area, that didn’t go as planned. A young girl was rescued mere moments before being taken away and delivered as merchandise to buyers in the sex-trade industry. A man on duty at a restaurant was paying attention and noticed when the girl’s actions seemed off. He became alarmed but was careful to approach her in the short time she was unsupervised and asked if she needed help. She did, and he immediately escorted her away from danger, and her captors. She was hidden safely in her rescuer’s office. The police were notified and arrived to take her into their care.
Knowledge is power
Dreams are often a precursor to same or similar, real-life incidents. Sometimes they deliver good tidings. Sometimes they’re a warning. Visions work in much the same way, only we’re awake when we have them.
This story covers abduction, deceit, and pain. It also provides answers, healing, hope and strength. It’s set in Houston, Texas. Houston is a city dear to me for a number of reasons, and since reading this book, the list has grown.
Although it’s fiction, it’s a reflection of a real-life problem all over the world. Laura Aranda presents the turmoil and suffering of those involved while incorporating real-life solutions that can, and are, making the difference between life, death, freedom and recovery for victims of human trafficking.
A couple brief messages from Laura
Please invest in this book. It’s inexpensive and you’ll be abundantly blessed by the investment. Get schooled. Take notes if you need them. Knowledge is power. You can be and make a difference in Pushing Back the Darkness.
You can further connect with Laura’s work via the following links...
☙ Amazon Author’s page
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10/31/2019 05:24:04 pm
This book is a great read for adults, young adults, and teenagers (with parental discussion). It brings awareness and compassion to this issue in our society.
Angelia Phillips (femmeflashpoint)
9/19/2020 02:30:24 pm
Ty for the valuable comment, Jessica!!
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