Lend Me Your Voice: a freedom anthology

Lend Me Your Voice
Lend Me Your Voice: a freedom anthology

Author: Angela Burchett
Digital Download: 34 pages (Paperback version coming soon)
Cost: $0.00 (release special June 3-5; regularly priced on Kindle: $2.99, paperback: $7.99)
Publisher: Whole Soul Enterprises
ISBN-13: 978-0-692-11019-5

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I would like to say thank you to Angela Burchett, the author of this book, for allowing me the space to share a review of this remarkable work and to be a part of your journey. I can’t wait to see all that’s in store for you!

I don’t imagine you have heard of Angela just yet, but you soon will. She is an author and a humanitarian whose work in non-profit organizations has spanned her entire adult life. This work has helped our fellow human beings walk into the light of real, physical freedom (not to mention emotional, mental, and spiritual freedom) and grow to recognize their own worth in a world that has disrespected, degraded, and abused them beyond our wildest imagination.

She chose to write Lend Me Your Voice in response to human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the world today – to give a voice to those 30 million+ humans who live as the dregs of society under the real and actual ownership of other humans, who are regularly bought and sold in the same way that we buy our morning Starbucks.

Before jumping straight into the review, I want to take the opportunity to share with you one woman’s story of being trapped in sex slavery in order for us to peer into this dark world and gain some context.

I wish I could say that Sadhna’s story is an isolated incident, but nothing about it is isolated. This doesn’t only happen to a select few, this doesn’t only happen in Kolkata. There are millions of men, women, and children being sold against their will every day to have their bodies abused by other people. This happens in every country in the world, including the United States. Dallas, D.C., London, Paris, Bangkok, Tokyo. Every corner has the reprehensible act of slavery happening to PEOPLE.

Lend Me Your Voice is an anthology of 14 poems written to convey to the reader what is occurring in the hearts and minds of people trapped in sexual exploitation. The author does not hold back anything here. No, every bit of grit and reality that those who suffer experience every day, that we are so very protected from in our own lives, is present here and displayed in heart-wrenching view for all to see.

The author, however, does not leave you with only the horrid and painful struggles that these people go through every day. She also offers hope – hope for the victims and for us. Shared in Lend Me Your Voice‘s encouraging, final poem, “Rise,” for those who are being trafficked, hope does exist; it exists in the idea that love will find these people and shine a light in the darkness of their current state. For us, this book is a call to action: We must not ignore, we must not turn away. We must acknowledge people as people and run after those who are imprisoned in slavery, throwing off the chains that bind them.

I highly recommend that if you do nothing else today, pick up this book. As of this review, the digital download is free. Lend Me Your Voice may be small, and the prospect of ending slavery in the world may be a giant, but sometimes it takes a small thing throwing a smooth stone at a giant to bring down an entire army that is lined up against you. This book is willing where others are silent. This author is brave where others are frightened.

Grade: A+

MSE

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New Book Review Coming Tomorrow!

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Hey all! It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything on here. Well, let me tell you, it’s been a longing in my heart to get this thing back up and running. I’ve tried in the past, but each time it’s been difficult to get back to what I had several years ago now.

Now, I’ve got something that has to be posted! I have an advanced copy of a book in my possession that will be released tomorrow. This book is powerful and has the real potential to make a big impact in the world!

I can’t wait to share it with you in the morning!

MSE

Big News

I’ve got some big news that I can’t share just yet, but that I am very excited about. I thought I’d simply throw out this little tease in the meanwhile. Be on the lookout for a post in the near future (maybe this week) on just what kind of news it is!

MSE

Day After Day

I’m getting really sick of being stuck at this apartment day after day after day. All I do is read and blog and look for work. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy these things (except the looking for work – that I hate). It just gets repetitive. I need something to spice up my life. I’d go somewhere, but Brooke needs our car to get to work herself. I really wish I had a job. That would be fun.

MSE

Jews And Gentiles in Revelation

While translating Revelation 5:8-14 this week I came across something that I may have heard before, but I don’t remember when. It stuck out to me, so I thought I’d share it with you.

In v. 8 the Lamb takes the scroll and the four living things plus the twenty-four elders fall before Him and, in v. 9-10, sing:

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; because you were slaughtered and you bought for God, with your blood, people from every tribe and language and people and nation and you made them for our God a kingdom and priests, and they will rule upon the earth.  [Rev 5:9-10, italics added]

At the end of v. 9 people from every tribe (φυλῆς), language, people, and nation (ἔθνους) were bought by the Lamb. The word I translated as tribe, φυλῆς, is a reference to the twelve tribes of Israel, whereas the word translated as nation, ἔθνους, is a reference to foreign peoples, such as Gentiles.

There is the possibility that you could translate both φυλῆς and ἔθνους generically as nation, but I do not think this would make sense given that the passage would then mean “people from every nation and language and people and nation.” I think John is drawing distinctions between the four types of people he mentions, otherwise we should see ἔθνους by itself without φυλῆς.

In just reading through this casually I would have missed out on the reference in Revelation to Jews and Gentiles being bought by the Lamb. I’m thankful for the (developing) ability to read and study in Greek.

MSE