Monday, March 14, 2011

how can He be lifted up…{and giveaway}

when ‘half the sky’ is fallen?

“ And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” ~John 12:32

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I CAN’T and I WON’T keep silent about what has been stirring these past ten days or so, ever since I heard at the Synergy 2011 Conference about ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’.  I still can’t get over how this bestselling book that describes in horrific and yet hopeful detail the plight of women all over the world WAS NOT ON MY RADAR!

Here’s a quote from the Introduction that should jolt you awake as it did me:

“The global statistics on the abuse of girls are numbing.  It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century.  More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in ANY ONE DECADE than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.

“In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery.  In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism.  We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”

In this Introduction we also meet, Rath, a Cambodian teenager who escaped two brothels where she was involuntarily trafficked to and subsequently enslaved.  The horrors she endured and the determination and resilience which led to her escape as well as her current success as a small business owner set the tone for similar stories throughout the book.  Stories relayed by the coauthors, a husband and wife pair of journalists, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn {who I heard speak and met at this same conference}, that are first hand interviews one or both of them conducted across years of field reporting.

This is not an easy read.  But it is a necessary read.  It will break your heart and birth within you His heart for each and every one of these suffering women, girls, babies whom He sees and hears their soul cries. 

Would you please take this journey with me and pray, as I am, about what I can do within my sphere of influence to be Christ to the suffering women that I am reading about?

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This invitation is WHY I am giving away a copy of this book, Half the Sky, THIS WEEK.

If you would like to enter this giveaway, then, please leave a comment at the end of this post. (I will keep the giveaway open until Friday when I will announce here who will receive the copy of Half the Sky) Let me know if you have heard of and/or read this book and if you have, still, please enter.  If your name is chosen, I’d ask that you would give the book away to someone who has not read it, or even as a giveaway on your own blog.

NOTE: I will continue to share about Half the Sky on Mondays, especially, and will be hosting another giveaway, next Monday, of a companion book: Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James.  She wrote this as a call to the Church, particularly in North America, to rise up and lead the fight for justice for women worldwide.  This book was birthed, in part, as her response to get involved after reading Half the Sky.

 This is what I heard {last} Sunday, and so I am sharing it with

Michelle @ Graceful’s meme:

Use it on Monday


And also, will include my Monday list of thank you’s…


  • for the book, Half the Sky
  • for how you have spoken through two people who possibly don’t know Jesus personally
  • for their courage to go where others have not gone
  • for their courage and resolve to write the atrocities that happen outside of mainstream news coverage
  • for how you allowed me to learn about this book
  • for all that you want to do as Your Church wakes up and responds
  • for Your Love that has the power to reach any of these women
  • for how I carry them in my heart as I walk around these days (and I pray always)
  • for Your Grace that is ever-ready to wake us up and give us new days to walk with You anew!
  • for how You are moving in THIS GENERATION, in beautiful young people like Zach Hunter
  • for the chance to be a part of crucial work in incredible opportunities to educate young people in Eastern Europe
  • for how Your Gospel is a WHOLE Gospel…
  • for this blog—that I can impact whoever might read this post, hear and read along and I pray RESPOND
  • for the Infinite Love that flows from Your Heart
  • for how we can surrender our emotions to be swept up and enfolded with Your Heart
  • for all of the little things
    • first time family camping this weekend
    • for surviving with 4 adults and 6 kids 4yrs. and under!
    • for seeing our favorite baseball team playSmile
    • for the weather here…yes, it is still gorgeous
    • for roasting marshmallows
    • for children’s wonder
    • for watching a new child be so lovingly enfolded in a family
    • for this happening without blood relation
    • for the reminders of how Your blood and Spirit are the unifiers of all people
    • for skipping shells on the inlet by our campsite
    • for baby girl stomping her foot in the water
    • for kids who love each other and the beach!
    • for floppy haired son and friend running back and forth on the sand
    • for baby girl escaping and going right for the waves
    • for giggly glee at running to and away from the water
    • for buddy boy loving to play ‘what letter does Cat, or Pole or???’ start with??
  • for the all-encompassing Grace of a Godly man, I call 'husband’
  • for how this journey to move overseas is shaping us
  • for the daily end-of-self sense
  • for how faith must be breath
  • for a spiritual mentor/encourager I met through this blog
  • for Kelly reaching out to me in the midst of HER radiation treatment
  • for Michelle’s desire to not ‘waste her cancer’
  • for perspective that can snap me out of anything if I open my heart to it/HIM





  1. Wow, I am the first to leave a comment! I have not heard of this book until I read your previous post about it ... it sounds very eye-opening and necessary to read. Will look forward to reading more of your posts about it ... and am thinking that it would be good to read and be informed. Especially so I can be praying more about this whole issue ...
    And ... sounds like you had a very fun camping trip ... so happy for you!

  2. Who knew? I am so grateful for writers who call my attention to such important matters...

    Also, loved your thankfuls. They warmed my heart.

  3. Wow. You are right, those words from the intro. stopped me in my tracks. I have not heard of the book until today, but it sounds like a critically important read. Thanks for linking up this post today -- I hope it helps to spread the word a bit more.

  4. My heart has been so heavy these past couple days...prayers for Japan. Now these words. This is the hard eucharisteo. And Abby? Your heart shines.

  5. Abby - I am so stoked to read this and the other book...half the church. I have a burden for women..esp. in abusive situations and for the church. I am glad you are talking about it. American is on the verge of change....The battle is going to intensify and the call has gone out. There is comfort in each other..that we are not alone.

  6. I haven't heard of this book but it sounds like a wonderful read about important things.

  7. Have not read the book, but my heart is stirred and moved...I have three girls but my heart goes beyond my front door...

  8. I haven't read the book, but now my heart is so moved that I really believe I must! Thank you for posting this and making me aware. I'm so glad I stopped by this morning. It's been a moving read for me and I won't soon forget it!

  9. Hey Abby, I have heard of this book but have not had the emotional energy to read it. I think i would cry throughout the whole book. But a good friend of mine...and now two good friends (you) have recommended this book... so I might have to go ahead and cry! love you

  10. This is the first time hearing of this book and I thank you for sharing it.

  11. wow that sounds like such a powerful book and one that hits my heart so much! i would LOVE to read it and am putting it on my wishlist even if i don't win it...praying with you as to what i can do in my own sphere right now.

  12. beautiful friend... i was just sent a copy of the new book, 'half the church' which is a response to 'half the sky'... i'll be doing a review/giveaway of my own of this book in early april. love how this has touched your heart. e.

  13. Abby,
    A hard read indeed. I have not heard of the book before you blogged about it. I am familiar with the International Justice Mission... a great organization, and last year I attended a local church meeting discussing the problem of sex trafficking... it's a big problem in Portland! I had no idea. It's too much for the authorities (police, gov't agencies) to handle. I was horrified at the facts presented. I still don't know what to DO about it, me personally.
    I'm sure this is a very important read, and good of you to bring attention to it.



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