No Longer a Slumdog: Bringing hope to Children in Crisis

A book by K.P. Yohannan with a foreword by Francis Chan

Synopsis: Read about an abandoned girl who found hope at the end of the railroad tracks, a young boy who escaped after years of forced servitude, and many others whose lives have been redeemed. You’ll be captivated by this powerful move of God as K.P. Yohannan leads you on a journey through the slums and villages of South Asia into the hearts and lives of these precious children.

I had very mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t know what it was going to be, but it was a quick book.. so after I started reading it and realized what it actually was I decided to stick with it and finish it.

There were a lot of heartbreaking facts in this book about the life of some children in India and how some of the very less fortunate people are living and how they’re being treated. How they work themselves to death and are forced to work all day to still starve, how some are forced into prostitution or forced to abandon family because of the lack of money to feed them. It was soul crushing to read the stats of how many people and children are living in such intense poverty. And how much we need to do to be able to try to help these suffering people. That was truly eye opening and heart shattering.

However after you learn about the lives of these unfortunate people, the book basically turns into a book version of someone coming to your door harassing you into donating money to their company and making you feel like a horrible human if you don’t donate all your money, basically saying that if you have a car or things in your house then you’re a bad person.

It gets very preachy, which I wasn’t actually opposed to….but what I was annoyed by was the fact that after being asked to open schools and after being asked to help give these people the resources that they needed (which is the point of the book, might I add.. to try to help as many people as possible who are trapped in one of those lives) the author and their company had to think and pray about it and wondered if it would be a good idea to help these children, their goal was to bring people to god, not to physically help their needs or their lives.. and only after days of fasting and praying did he realize that helping the kids could be a way to bring people to god….like.. Buddy if you were actually worried about these kids and wanted to help.. why the delay? It made the author of the book seem and feel a lot less genuine about wanting to actually help people.

It was an eye opening read, and I definitely want to do my part to help in any way I can, however I didn’t like this specific book and I will not be donating/participating to this companies charity. I will be doing research and finding a way to donate or sponsor from another more genuine company.

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