- A Harvest of Thorns
- The Tears of Dark Water
- The Garden of Burning Sand
- A Walk Across The Sun
It’s early December and I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Holiday season—frosting on the windows, light strings and ball ornaments hanging from the ceiling, bows adorning the booths, and Frank Sinatra crooning from the speakers, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . .” I agree with him. I love Christmas—not the hyper-commercialized frenzy, but the short span of time when the pace of life seems to slow, when families come together to celebrate despite their differences, when the spirit of self-interest that drives so much of our culture gives way, however […] Read More
In the video trailer for my new novel, The Garden of Burning Sand, I ask a question that all of us have to wrestle with: Can one person really make a difference when there is so much wrong in so many places?
Last month, I began a series of posts called “Profiles in Courage” that highlight the work of people I’ve met in my travels who prove that the answer to that question is yes. If you missed my first installment about Eric […] Read More
In the video trailer for my new novel, The Garden of Burning Sand, I ask a question that all of us have to wrestle with: Can one person really make a difference when there is so much wrong in so many places? War, famine, poverty, violence, slavery, rape, child abuse, human trafficking, the list goes on and on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by it and decide there really isn’t anything we can do.
But that would be a mistake. As I’ve traveled […] Read More
I’ve never been much into New Year’s festivities. The way I see it, every day is a gift. January 1 is just a date we put on the calendar. On the other hand, the New Year is a wonderful occasion for reflection–a moment to look back on things past and ahead to things in the future.
In my world, 2013 was a doozy of a year. My second novel, The Garden of Burning Sand, launched in Canada in March, in Australia in June, and in the UK and South Africa in September. I had a blast meeting readers in London and South […] Read More
Mother’s Day is a vulnerable time for a lot of women, my wife included. This year I asked her to put her thoughts into words. She wrote this:
To the mother whose kids woke up this morning with joy and smiles, and to the mother who feels she has failed 1000 times already today;
To the mother who is being celebrated with chocolate and tulips and scribbled cards, and to the single mother who works nonstop and still struggles to pay the bills;
To the mother who is being embraced by three generations of life, and to the mother who doesn’t […] Read More
A friend of mine once said that women are the most oppressed people in the world. He was right. While the lot of women in the West has improved significantly over the past fifty years, women in the rest of the world are routinely subjected to a cornucopia of indignities—beatings, rapes, genital mutilation, object penetration, trafficking, pimping, and murder, often at the hands of the men closest to them.
According to the United Nations, one in three women around the world will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. The statistics are localized, with women in China faring […] Read More
It’s lonely in the middle.
It’s one of the smartest observations my wife has ever made. We’ve been talking a lot about guns lately—ever since twenty little kids no different from our son got blown away by another kid armed with an assault rifle just a few hours up the road. We’re parents; we can’t help it. In our more gullible moments, we’ve fantasized about a world without guns, a world in which children will never again be torn to shreds by hollow-point bullets in a schoolhouse, or anywhere else.
But we haven’t capitulated to illusion.
We are realists, and we value our […] Read More
People often express disbelief when I tell them that sex trafficking is everywhere, in our cities and communities and every corner of the globe. “How is that possible?” they ask. My explanation is simple: follow the money. While many factors have contributed to the spread of sexual slavery in our world (poverty, globalization, misogynistic cultural practices, the Internet, etc.), the traffickers are motivated by profit, and their profits ($30 to 40 billion annually) come from one source–the johns.
In my last post, I answered the most common question I receive from readers and audiences: Now that I understand the reality of human trafficking, what can I do to stop it? My wife and I asked ourselves this question after we confronted the horror of modern slavery for the first time. Our search for an answer turned into a journey that became a novel–A Walk Across the Sun.
I didn’t spend long in the research, however, before I stumbled upon a question far more profound than the moral imperative of action. As I dug into the vast and violent […] Read More
Whenever I give a talk about A Walk Across the Sun and modern slavery, I get this response: I’m appalled by the horror of it and would like to help, but what can I possibly do to make a difference? This is the most important question we can ask–indeed, the only morally imperative question. The good news is that all of us can make a contribution to the abolitionist cause.
Here are seven ways you can help:
1) Educate Your Daughters: The average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 13-15. Recruiters (usually men between the […] Read More