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Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage
By Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett

The words of Micah 6:8 echo throughout the difficult stories captured in the book Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage. Authors Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett reveal the plight of under-valued girls in countries around the world - from the frozen wasteland of Tibet, to the war-ravaged frontline of Iraq, to the bustling, prosperous cities of Japan. Strom and Rickett share startling, eye-opening narratives of young women trapped in devastating forms of abuse - whether physical, educational, sexual or spiritual. Although their suffering may escape our notice, these hopeless and rejected girls are all but forgotten by God.

This provoking book will awaken the heart and stir the soul for justice for these innocent girls. Their lives will move readers to compassion, as readers journey with these girls through the hardships of poverty, loneliness, and sexual exploitation. Women will be gripped with emotion as the stories unfold and they read of the girls' shattered dreams, discarded purity, and destroyed lives.

Complacency will ebb away, as Strom and Rickett call their readers to action. Providing women with abundant resources, Strom and Rickett encourage readers to advocate for the lives of these forgotten girls. "It is our responsibility and privilege to act on behalf of these young women," Strom and Rickett implore. For, "...what does the Lord require of [us] but to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [our] God?" (Micah 6:8).


Discussion Guide

What does the Bible have to say of the care for and protection of women? What is God's attitude toward the defenseless girl? (Isaiah 1:17)
What do you think of the idea that an indicator of the progression of society is marked by how we treat the most tender and vulnerable among us?
Have you ever considered relation with the poor, needy, and suffering? Does your perspective of "forgotten girls" change when you identify with them and consider them your Christian sisters?
What do you think of the bravery of the Korean pastor and his wife in chapter 4, "Not Enough Girls"? Would you be willing to take in a dangerous refugee like Si-un? What does this say about the power of hospitality and its ability to promote the gospel?
How do the statistics of the plight of uneducated girls on pages 43-44 affect you?
What would it mean to you, if you were in the shoes of an Indian Dalit woman - no hopes, no dreams, no future? The world is closed to your aspirations. What does it mean to you to have dreams?
Which one of the categories of abuse - physical, educational, sexual, etc. - touched you the most?
Was there a particular girl's story that impacted you?
What can you do to ensure this girl and others like her will not be forgotten? (See "Step Out and Take Action" sections for ideas)
When has someone let you down? In light of these girls who are abandoned by everyone they know - husband, family, etc. - how is your perspective of your "let down" changed?

 

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