Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Priceless


This is a long overdue review of a great book that I read in about a day. Tom Davis did it again - sucked me right in, beat my heart up and made me walk away torn up over how I could be part of a solution to what is obviously a horrific, global problem.

Tom's last book, Scared, was very easy to relate to for us - focusing primarily on the orphan crisis and Africa - it really hit close to home for us. But Priceless was different. It was about something we knew little about and truthfully something you hear very little about.

Human trafficking and the sex slave trade.

Yeah. Heavy stuff. Tom's heart for orphans shines through again as he does a great job of weaving a fictional tale likely based on very real situations. The main character finds himself in some downright hairy situations and what makes this a hard book to put down is that every piece of this is rooted in reality. This stuff is really happening. This has to be stopped.

Tom also does a great job of touching on the spiritual warfare that goes on around us every day. I am a firm believer that there is a battle for our souls going on and that it doesn't take much to knock us off focus. Priceless paints a vivid picture of this warfare and gives a scary view of what goes on when you stand up against the evils in this world.

Okay - so here's my disclaimer. I am a big Tom Davis fan. When we first started realizing that we were put here for a specific reason - God spoke to us through some of Tom's writings. Fields of the Fatherless and Red Letters are must reads for anybody who has a heart for orphans and wants to do something about it. But when I say that Priceless is a great read - it really is. Great story. Great content. Horrific reality. So check it out.

GIVEAWAY!
So I have 2 copies of Priceless that are signed by Tom and waiting to be shipped to somebody to read. Let's do another little giveaway here. Leave me a comment and tell me something - anything - and we'll have Meron pick some names out of the ole hat next week. And just because I think everybody should read it - I am throwing in Red Letters as well! Good luck!

26 comments:

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Awesome. Need to read that. Don't include us in the giveway though.

G said...

Hi Laura, Tymm, and Meron! Thanks for the book review. Would love to read it. Something about us...very happy that our son's adoption will be finalized on Aug. 27! Geni

Me said...

I'd love to read those!! My Dad gave me fields of the fatherless about 2 years ago, and it totally shaped my heart for orphans :)

Troy said...

I've real RL and Field of the Fatherless (2 of the first books when God was showing me His heart for the orphan) but still yet to read Scared or Priceless ... so I'm game :)

Diana said...

I have to honestly say I have not read any of the ones you mentioned. I will have to look at the library.

Susie Sanders said...

I read Scared, but none of the others. I enjoy reading your blog because Meron is such a beautiful little girl. I also love the name Brighton...you all are continuing to love him well.

Susie

Mandy said...

I think it's great that the issue of human trafficking is being brought to America's attention. Many people think that slavery ended with the Civil War, but there are more slaves today than there have been at any one time in the world. There are an estimated 27 million slaves currently worldwide and I'm glad that someone finally has taken the initiative to represent the voices of this hidden population, masked by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, not armed against their sea of trouble.

Desiree' Maw said...

Hoffman family, I know what you mean.. I'm giving my life to the rescuing and recovery of human trafficking. I love good novels like this. I don't know if you guys have heard of the A21 Campaign, but go to their site (.org) and check it out. Also, I have a book that you might be interested in reading. :) It's called the Natashas. It's on the A21 Campaign reading list, but I actually read it the first time for a class and the second time for myself. Quite amazing book! Part of it is actually from rescued women themselves. I can't wait to get to meet you Tymm!!!

Anxious team member,
Desiree'

Desiree' said...

If you want to read that book, I'll send it to you! :) Let me know!!

Special K said...

Would love to read the books. BTW, we are wearing out you video of Meron at bedtime. Micah loves to laugh along with her!

angie said...

love me some tom davis...need to check this one out!

Eugenia Parrett Gwynn said...

Sorry to say that I've never heard of the author or these titles but anything that Meron is holding, is automatically awesome! I'd love to win a copy!

Deb Lieber said...

I would love to read these books! Thank you for your beautiful blog. I really enjoy reading about your family and your heart for the Lord.

Donna said...

Hey well you know if someone is giving away free stuff, I am there! Especially when it might change your life, or someone elses!!

Oh and I am supposed to tell you something...Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL and so is your whole orphan lovin family :)

Denae said...

Hey Laura!!! I've been missing you SO much since Africa and our little trip to the village clinic in the rickety seat of a Ugandan ambulance... good times! Anyway, I just put the books you recommended on hold at my library - I've been so itching to learn more about Africa, orphans, and God's heart for the poor... I felt like I knew so much about those things before our trip, but that trip just showed me an entirely different picture than what I could even expect... Anyway, hopefully I'll see you soon!
- Denae

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

You have really opened my eyes on the crisis in Africa. Or at least made it real.

Allie said...

Man! Two books on my to-read list! We're adopting a baby from Rwanda, and we live in Acworth. :)

Beth Bailey said...

Thanks for introducing these books to us! If I don't win them I'm buying them! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

These books give the lay people much to think about! Thanks for sharing, love, mom in Hadley, PA

Rachel said...

hi

i loooove reading your blog!!
i am from europe and i hope to adopt someday too, but it is a little bit harder here, than in the USA... :(

i pray for you and you refferal!
kisses for Meron <3<3<3

M and M Nichols said...

Great book suggestions; I need a book to touch my soul.

Meron, we need to meet you and your sweet parents in person soon! Praying for your referral!

Our Ethiopian wonder Gabriel "officially" joins the family on Aug 26th at his readoption...always in our hearts, now on paper too!


Maybe join us lunch at Christian chicken to celebrate???

Jen said...

thanks for the give away!

Amanda said...

I've actually had this on my reading list for a while!

cshows said...

Yay Tom Davis!!!

Katrina said...

I can't wait to to see you in a few weeks, Laura, and meet Meron and Tymm!!! I heard about Tom Davis for the first time last week, and now here he is again. It's like when you hear/notice a word for the first time, and then you hear it all the time!
Love!

Tom Davis said...

Can I enter to win a copy of my own book? :) Thanks for doing the giveaway.