Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Scent of Water Review

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Scent of Water is a collection of stories gathered by Naomi Zacharius as she's traveled the world in her work with Wellspring International.  Through her job, she's come in contact with many women working in, affected by, and dealing with the after effects of the sex industry.  These women live in places many of us will never visit, have experienced things no one should ever be a part of, and have stories that most of us would never hear otherwise.  Zachaius writes to give them a voice.

Chapter after chapter, we're flooded with the human side of a very dark world.  Zacharius introduces us to mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.  She travels to the dark, oppressive roads of Afghanistan, the sex trafficking of South Africa, and the famous red light district of Amsterdam.  And along each twist and turn of her journey, she shares their stories.

What I came to realize is that I know nothing.  College educated, opened eyes to the world, news watching... and yet, I know just a taste of what's really going on out there.  Zacharius brings to light the stories and the humanity locked deep inside these women.  Her writing speaks with a voice of depth and compassion that can only come from a person that's truly passionate about social justice.  For anyone who's ever wondered about this part of God's heart for the world, Scent of Water is an invaluable read and one that will leave you changed.

Additionally, I found this recent interview from Zacharius on FoxNews.  Enjoy!

Fox News-- Rewards and Dangers of Life as a Missionary

*Disclaimer: I was supplied with a free copy of Scent of Water for review.  All opinions and commentary are my own.

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