Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Are You Out There, God?

While it is small, this next book speaks from of the most DARKEST places any child could EVER be. From Sister Mary Rose McGeady, who runs the Covenant House; one of the LARGEST homeless shelters for kids - a safe haven, comes the TRUE stories of life LITERALLY lived on the streets told by homeless kids who ponder that exact same question, "Why did I deserve this?"

Multiple stories of YOUNG kids being exploited, traded and, being exposed to more than they should EVER be exposed to! Some kids come  so to Covenant House only to be caught and abused more - if not WORSE by their captors.

Covenant House
By a sheer coincidence, Sister McGeady was driving around and seen an abandoned car.  She spotted a 17-year-old kid, Bobby, in rags living in this car. She found out that Bobby only stayed there at night while working in the day. Talking soon revealed that Bobby was from an inept home and was thrown out - leaving him to the streets. Sister Mary soon brought Bobby home to Covenant House.

A 15-year-old girl pulls up to Covenant House in a cab pleading help. After much talking, the girl ran away from a trucker after prostituting herself for survival. She had originally ran away from her home to be w/ "an older boyfriend" who MADE her into sex slavery.

Sister Mary McGeady
Of course because of the trauma from their former lives, some kids wonder, within their right, what the church and those who "work" w/ these kids get out of helping? NOTHING but love! Some of these kids' stories come from a world that IS LITERALLY ALL THEY KNOW!

One night the Covenant House van pulled up to a girl named Janice, who was DEATHLY afraid to be seen speaking to anyone but her boyfriend who would find her and subject her to even more violence. Thankfully he didn't! Come to find out that Janice was also 4-months-pregnant after being forced to work the streets.

Just A Reminder:

Some of these stories REALLY DO have a happy AND successful ending, such as Chapter 11's story of Cindy.  These stories - while HEARTBREAKING say something about how LUCKY we should ALL be!

Here's MY Opinion:

What you should carry away and remember from this book is this:

"Every child - EVERY SINGLE child deserves to know that he/she is loved!"


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