Refuse To Do Nothing
Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery
by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim
"Read this book. The topic is daunting, I know. Just turn the page -- and then the next. Keep turning the pages until you've read all the way through. And then, do something."
—Elisa Morgan, president emerita, MOPS, and author of She Did What She Could
The sad truth is, slavery never ended. It just went underground. Read more about the new book on modern-day slavery and the "abolitionist mamas" behind it.
Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim
"We came to realize we could help right where we were, right in this season of life, right in our neighborhoods -- we are the cement in this modern abolitionist movement."
Kimberly McOwen Yim
"We must fight against indifference -- the feeling that there's nothing we can do about problems 'over there.' We must claim our power to set the captives free."
"Abolitionist Mamas," activists and authors Shayne Moore and Kim McOwen Yim talk to us about the crisis of modern-day slavery, how they got involved, and what we can all do to end it.
"Moore and Yim represent the heart of the biblical advocate and beautifully answer the aching question many of us ask: But what can I do?" -- Cindy Breilh, national director, Women of Vision, World Vision
In this five-part collection, authors Shayne Moore and Kim McOwen Yim share additional stories and tips to supplement your reading of Refuse to Do Nothing.
For more resources on modern-day slavery and how to join the movement against it, check out Kim's blog here.
This book is a must-read for you, no matter who you are. You need to know what you know (and what you don't know).
Karen Spears Zacharias
Revolutionaries don't always overthrow countries. A lot of the time revolutionaries are the people around us doing the simplest of things.
This book educates, inspires, and gives practical "how-to" steps for getting involved in the fight against one of the worst crimes against humanity.
You don't have to travel to Cambodia to free young girls held in bondage. You can start by simply becoming an educated consumer. What we buy on the cheap often comes at the expense of someone else.
While the authors assume that human trafficking has its origins in "sin" and the best response is prayer, I would argue that the roots actually rest in long-standing patriarchal assumption of men's right to colonize women's bodies and to control sexuality and reproduction.
I was raised a Baptist and Yim and Moore's book is really what we Baptists described as an "altar call," a "come to Jesus" moment that demands transformation. I am asking you and asking myself as well: "What acts of justice is God calling you to?"
"It will take more than just laws to stop people taking advantage of those who have less power, and that is why we must all continue to do something - whether to stop trafficking or to promote interreligious understanding.
There is nothing over the top in any of the ideas these women provide. Each of them is simple, easy to do and, if enough of us do them, effective.