Friday, March 13, 2015

No Longer A Slumdog Review


"No Longer A Slumdog" is a book written by Dr. K.P. Yohanna, founder and international director of Gospel of Asia. The book details the accounts of children living in severe poverty and abuse in India, who find joy and life along with the love of God. "No Longer A Slumdog" shares REAL stories of REAL children, and how they were saved from the harsh lives they were living.

The book is an easy read, but the content is gut wrenching. Stories of children being abused in a variety of manners is hard to comprehend. How can we live in a world where any child goes hungry? How can people lock kids up in closets or small rooms, depriving them of their most basic human needs? This book is very good (and graphic) at showcasing just how this is a reality for many children across South Asia.

While I found the book to be an easy read, I wasn't happy with frequent requests for money. I understand the need for help, and the need for fundraising, but a chapter at the end of the book would suffice for this. I feel the repeated asking is more of a deterrent than a help.

I do think it is important for all to read this book, and understand that this isn't an isolated situation that is unique to only India, or South Asia as a whole for that matter. But there are children all over the world, and in my own country of the United States, who suffer. Yet despite the struggle, the hardships, the horrible-HORRIBLE-living conditions, these kids were able to break away thanks to the Love of God. This book is great for explaining India's Caste system, and how Jesus can break that system. No one is alone when they have Christ! I encourage you to order your FREE copy of this book, and read it for yourself!

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