The Best Book You’ve Never Heard of About Modern-Day Slavery


he plan was to go quiet on the blog this week, to press pause online and soak up more of summer in real-life.  But then Anne mentioned a “Best Books You’ve Never Heard of” Link-Up.

Never one to pass up the chance to recommend a book, I scanned my shelf for something a bit obscure.  My eyes settled on one that has impacted me more than almost any other.

Then I read this post by Sarah Mae.  And I knew I had to share the book with you.

My Story

I was a sophomore in college attending a campus ministry’s weekly meeting.  A guest speaker who worked for another non-profit urged us to consider leaving the comforts of America to bring hope to the hopeless in the far corners of the world.

By way of illustration, he told the story of Amy Carmichael, a Northern Irish missionary in the early 20th century who spent the better part of her life in India.  Her story moved me in a way I’d never experienced before.

Afterward, as I shared this with the speaker, he handed me the biography Amy Carmichael: Let the Little Children Come.

From the first pages, it opened my eyes to horrors I’d not known existed–back then or now.  In the end, it forced me to consider my response to such circumstances still present today.

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Amy Carmichael

Amy’s Life

After learning of the culturally-ingrained practices of child prostitution and slavery in India, Amy began to rescue and adopt these children.

When impoverish parents were on the verge of selling their baby to a temple (many of which, according to Mahatma Ghandi, were at that time no better than brothels), Amy would attempt to buy the child herself.  She gave the rest of her life to these little ones’ nurture and care.

After a critical injury in 1931, chronic pain set in and for the next twenty years she was confined to her bed.  During that time, she wrote 13 of her 35 books; an early biographer remarked that “God used her pen for more widespread and deeper spiritual blessing during the post-accident period than in all the preceding years.”

To say she bore her pain with grace would seem to be an understatement.

Paralysis By Needs

The darkness that Amy faced in India still remains today–in all corners of the world.  Considering these issues can be overwhelming. It’s easy to feel paralyzed by the scale of needs.

When this paralysis hit me, I’m helped by remembering that doing something small is better than doing nothing at all. And often, something “small” to us is huge to another.

Ways to Do Something “Small:”

*Support Exodus Road via the Bravo Team (donate here and write “Bravo-Sarah Mae” in the comments).

*Check out Noonday Collection, which provides pathways out of poverty for families that might otherwise abandon their children.

On a lighter note, what’s the best book you’ve read that we’ve never heard of? 🙂


About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • I love this link-up. The book you mention sounds like something I’d like, and probably my 19 year-old daughter would as well. She’s majoring in social work and very interested in working in sex traffic rescue when she graduates. Thanks for sharing, Jenn.

    • I’m so glad Anne did the link-up too! It’s such a great way to hear of books I might not hear of otherwise. Your daughter might be interested in Exodus Road, a non-profit that works to free modern-day slaves.

  • Jeannie

    Thanks for this: our church is very involved in slavery/sex trafficking issues so I’d very much like to read this book. I like your “small deeds” idea a lot, too: in fact it fits right in with my latest quote post:
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Jeannie, loved your post, loved that Fellowship of the Rings quote. I may write it down and put it by my sink :).

  • Christy

    Pretty sure I remember the night you are talking about… particularly how it it you. Love you dear friend. I think I might try to get ahold of her book.

    • Yes, you helped me recover that night. 🙂 I think you’d like the book. Elisabeth Elliot’s on her was great too, but this one is a much faster read.

  • Anne Bogel

    I’m very interested in this one. I really enjoyed Elisabeth Elliott’s biography on Amy Carmichael, but I’ve never read anything on Amy herself. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

    • I read Elisabeth Elliot’s too and liked it lots. This one is (much!) shorter and I like the vignettes of the lives of some of the girls she rescued.

      Love this link-up and always enjoy checking out your book recs! 🙂