Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Priceless by Tom Davis

Photojournalist Stuart Daniels has found purpose in life. After suffering the fallout of a tragic assignment, Daniels rediscovered his faith while helping a young African orphan. Now his photo work carries a greater mission: To educate people about social injustice happening around the world.

Daniels next assignment carries him back overseas and into the heart of Russia. Once there, Daniels is persuaded by an old friend to help save two girls from a desperate situation. Soon he becomes a key player in a dangerous campaign to rescue helpless women trapped in the sex-slave trade. What Daniels encounters during his journey will shake his faith, test his courage, and even threaten his life. Yet as Daniels gets deeper and the stakes get higher, he will discover that hope can be found in the darkest of places.

Priceless is the kind of book that will pick you up and by the time you get to put it down again your heart is in pieces. Sex trafficking. It's an ugly phrase and, for anyone familiar with the global statistics that accompany it, can sometimes seem like all efforts are just a drop in the ocean compared to the overwhelming size of its scale. While this book is set in Russia there is almost no nation of earth that doesn't have a sex trafficking problem.

It's easy to think that it's a problem for places like Russia, India, Thailand and Cambodia. But the more you find out the more you find that "safe" Western places like New Zealand, Australia and the United States are not immune.

Tom Davis does a magnificent job of putting creating faces and stories to go behind the mind-blowing numbers. Of reminding us that while the scale of the problem may seem insurmountable, sex trafficking is a story about individuals. That every girl rescued from being a victim of those who trade human beings as commodities, is one more person freed from a life of terror, slavery, abuse and hopelessness.

Buy this book. Read this book. Buy multiple copies and give it away. And then do something to add your drop to the ocean.

I finished this book Saturday night, I then dreamt about it and woke up thinking about it. And so I'm going to give away a copy this week. Entries close midnight Friday 17 June. To enter place a comment below and say if you win, who you'll share it with once you've finished it.


  1. If I win, I would give it to the young women who are ministering to Exotic Dancers through one of our church ministries. They definitely live a life of sex trafficking.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. wow, another important book. And one I bet is super well written. I'd love to win this one. If not, I'll get my hands on it sooner or later. christine(dot)d(dot)schmidtke(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. The variety of locations and worldwide outlook and topics tackled by authors on this blog never ceases to amaze me. And every single book has an amazing cover. As you say, Christine, another important book!

    If I win I'll read and review, then donate to a church library with a circulation in the thousands.

  4. i would share w/ novel w/ my friend nancy ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. My son is very interested in fighting human trafficking, to the point of applying for a position with International Justice Mission. I would like to read more on the subject. I'm glad you wrote this novel.


  6. Wow, the first I've heard of this book....would love to read it, and will get a copy if I do not win this one. I would find someone headed in this direction, or already there and get the book to them!

  7. This is going to be a great book for all to read. Should I win I will share with my daughter then pass on to the Church Library.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Still can't post on this type comment. Have tried to fix it and messed it up

  8. Wow, a weighty subject indeed. Should I win, I will share it with my church library. I donate all the books I win via blogs to the church library after I read them. It gets new books and "new" authors into more hands!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  9. Wording something so horrifying in a way to make one read it is a real art. It sickens me that all those girls/kids "going missing" might have ended up in such a monstrous situation.
    Dear Lord somehow let them find You & set them free!
    I reckon I'd place this write-up in my local paper and also offer the book there as a drawn prize. ritagalieh(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Does anyone know why my comment was posted and then disappeared?