Book Review: Priceless

8 Sep

unknownThe powerfully compelling novelization of the major motion picture (October 14, 2016) by Joel and Luke Smallbone of the band for KING & COUNTRY.

James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash — no questions asked. When he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. James becomes an unlikely hero who must fight to save the lives of two young women and finds himself falling in love with one of them.

Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future?

In 2012 Joel and Luke Smallbone founded for KING & COUNTRY and were named Billboard’s New Artists to Watch. Since then, they’ve exceeded expectations with 750,000 albums sold, 100 million streams, sold-out shows, two Grammy Awards, six K-LOVE Fan Awards, and appearances on national shows such as The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, Fox & Friends, and others. The “Priceless Movement” has been part of the band since the beginning, reminding women of their worth and encouraging men to respect and honor women.

For more information about Priceless Movie, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

Priceless is a book every Christian should read. While it definitely has the feel of a novelization — short on character development and long on visual descriptions — it portrays the very real, yet little discussed, epidemic of sex trafficking in the United States. This book was an eye-opener for me. Like main character James Stevens, I will never view a box truck or low-rent motel the same way again. Priceless plunges the reader into a world of desperation, hopelessness and despair. Lives are destroyed, innocence is trampled and the soul is damaged almost beyond repair all in the name of money and lust. But there is hope and redemption and justice through our Lord.

James Stevens is on a fast spiral downward following the death of his wife. With everything he holds dear lost, he takes on a job that promises to pay big, a promise he needs to get his life back on track. Yet there is no such thing as easy money, and James soon finds out that he is very much involved in sex trafficking. With little help, he is determined to free the women he let slip into slavery. The action is fast-paced, the world depicted is gritty and sordid, and the stakes are high as this novel reveals the ugliness of the underworld many choose to ignore and others dive into.

I wanted to read Priceless because my daughter is a therapist for a non-profit organization (Selah Freedom) that works to free women from sex-trafficking. I knew intellectually all about the issue, but Priceless was a revelation. The book is definitely not pretty, but it is real. Here are a couple of quotes that spoke to me:

. . . [sex trafficking is] a disease that was born of the flesh but ate away at the soul.

. . . the only cure was a heart transplant. For people to see in women the worth that couldn’t be measured.

When discussing this book with my daughter, I found that many of her clients lived a life very similar to that depicted in the book. That’s why I recommend it — it is for anyone who believes that God can defeat evil and change lives. Priceless shows just how He does it.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Worthy Publishing for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Get Involved

How can you get involved to stop sex trafficking? After you read the book and go to the movie :), go to the Selah Freedom website (this is the organization my daughter works for). Their motto is bringing light into the darkness of sex trafficking. They have many ways to get involved. Please check them out!

 

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Priceless”

  1. Kyle L. Olund (@KLOlund) September 8, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Beckie, thanks for your great review of the book. We appreciate you taking the time to read PRICELESS and to give a lot of thought to not only the story but also the issue of human trafficking. And God bless your daughter for the important work she is faithfully doing–very, very tough work!

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    • rbclibrary September 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks, Kyle, for stopping by and commenting. Can’t wait to see the movie!

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