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BOOK REVIEW: STOLEN

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In 'The Night Circus' Erin Morgenstern wrote:

"You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift."




Having just read Katariina Rosenblatt's book 'Stolen', I would identify this as a book that needs to take up residence in the soul. Katariina's story is that of a sex trafficking survivor. From her first exploitive experiences as a troubled, lonely kid who loved her family to her advocacy and rescue work, we meet a woman who knows first hand the voice of God calling her to 'hope, opportunity, purpose and empowerment'. In fact these four words serve as an acronym for her organization www.thereishopeforme.org .

While she shares some horrific stories, the book is not titillating or overtly graphic. Enough information is given to let the reader know the sad …

TOUGH LOVE #7 - YOU STOP PEOPLE FROM ENTERING GOD'S KINGDOM

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Have you heard the expression, “You make a better door than a window?”The religious leaders made a better wall than a door.They had access to God’s Word, the knowledge with which to save the world. Instead of giving people answers that would help them, they turned God’s Word into a barrier to keep people out of God’s Kingdom.

Luke 11:52 "Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."

The religious leaders had the keys to get in, but did not enter themselves.Isn’t that sometimes the problem with experts?
The chef makes a feast for others but doesn’t want to cook at home.
It’s like the mechanic who drives a wreck.
The old saying is ‘those who can’t teach’.I know many people who have great book knowledge of the Scriptures and a wielding grip on doctrine.But some of them have no relationship with the Body of Christ.They are experts, but their religion has no connection …

TOUGH LOVE #6 - YOU REWRITE HISTORY INSTEAD OF LEARNING FROM IT

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Charles Wolf Jr. is a professor of International Economics. In what is referred to as Wolf’s Law, he said, “Those who don't study the past will repeat its errors. Those who do study it will find other ways to err.”[i]

How true this was of the religious leaders Jesus confronted. The ‘Wolf’s Law’ seemed to be that these shepherds were actually wolves who destroyed the spotless lambs.

TOUGH LOVE #5 - YOUR DEMAND ON OTHERS IS UNBEARABLE

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Tough love is ‘another version of "being cruel to be kind". To show somebody some tough love today will save them heartache in the future but may cause a small amount of upset for the receiver immediately after the "Tough Love" has been dispensed. They would suffer more if you let them get on with their life with no interference from third parties.’[i]

Luke 11:45 One of the experts in the law answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."  46 Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

Jesus did not have anything good to say about people who put heavy expectations on others and yet provide no assistance to help people reach the goal. 
The term for burdens in the verse (phortion) is normally used to describe a ship's cargo. So the burdens are indeed heavy ones… Quick to point the finger but s…

TOUGH LOVE #4 - YOU CORRUPT OTHERS WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT

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Luke 11:44 "Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it."


Touching a grave made a person ceremonially defiled (Num. 19:16), so graves were whitewashed to warn people. An unmarked grave was a hidden source of ritual impurity.[i]
To come in contact with the religious leaders was to be defiled by something dead.The fraud was that the graves were unmarked.You could not tell by looking at them that they were spiritually dead.So the deadly influence of the religious leaders went undetected.
They had a defiling, negative influence on people but it was masked by their righteous image.Sometimes people look as if they are spiritual and godly, but they can defile you without you knowing it.