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He will give His angels charge over you.

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He will give His angels charge over you.

Babies. No matter how many grandchildren and great-grands I have, each one  weighs the same in my heart, whether boy or girl. So I can’t help sending out a heart-warming picture of my latest (21st) great grandchild, Mia Rae Robinson.  She’s only two and a half months old but her eyes are full of anticipation of all that’s ahead.  Every day she’s learning something new– or doing something different.  I haven’t seen her for a few weeks, and this picture surprises me. She’s holding her head up to make sure that she can take in all the world around her, with eagerness and expectation of what’s ahead.

Her mom and dad are doing all they know to set the right foundation.  Tomorrow she’ll be dedicated at their church into God’s care and protection; really mom and dad are dedicating themselves to bring her up in the love and teaching of the Lord. And her extended family, grandma and grandpas, ( her 90-year-old great grandmother!) and the Body of Christ gathered in the church tomorrow morning will be witnesses to their commitment — and will promise to help them when they see that they are struggling.

I just spent a good part of ten years reading, researching and writing about a woman who never had children of her own, but whose heart was broken to find so many forced on the wrong path. It gives me special joy to see this young Christian family promising to bring their daughter up,  bathed in the love of parents and family and fed by Word of God  at home and at church.

Katharine Bushnell was born more than 160 years ago. She and her eight brothers and sisters were brought up like Mia — whose loving, godly parents set the example and encouraged their children to walk righteously. Katharine became one of the early women  medical doctors in our country. She longed to help heal bodies, but as she became aware of the cruelty and suffering so many girls and young women went through, her passion was to free their souls from sin and evil.

She didn’t know that the scourge she valiantly sought to eradicate, would today become a global sickness. Trafficking has grown to be more lucrative than the drug trade. Even on the streets here in  Denver young girls are picked up and enticed into slavery.

I look into Mia’s sparkling, trusting eyes, and pray faithfully that she’ll always be safe in the love and care of her precious family and the protection of the Holy Spirit.

This the prayer that I pray over Mia and her family:

If you make the Lord your refuge; if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.  For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11,12

You can read the fascinating story of Katharine Bushnell’s life in “Daughters of Deliverance” and “The Queen’s Daughters” available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Her Lifetime . . .

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In Her Lifetime . . .

When The Queen’s Daughters was released last September, Mia Rae Robinson was not in the picture. I dedicated the book to my nine great-granddaughters at the time, with these words:

I pray that in their lifetime sex slavery will become a thing of history.

I’ve added Mia Rae, my 21st great-grandchild,  to that prayer.

Today, according to the FBI, human trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world .  It includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. It involves both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike.

Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries, according to the CNN Freedom Project. The average cost of a slave is $90.

Katharine Bushnell, the historical heroine of my book, The Queen’s Daughters , investigated trafficking , called white slavery in the west  in the nineteenth century. She faced danger and personal deprivation, never having a family of her own. She crisscrossed the ocean numerous times to give reports of  the heart breaking things she’d seen before government  bodies, who often refused to believe her.  (After all, no honorable woman in the Victorian era should even mention such things. )

Since Kate’s pioneering days, the scourge of trafficking has increased like  an untreated Ebola epidemic. But today many organizations are following her example to investigate, report and rescue  young girls and boys caught in this evil around the world

Perhaps Mia Rae will only know of trafficking through history books.

 

 

 

Blessed are the pure in heart

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Blessed are the pure in heart

Emma, my ten-year-old great- granddaughter, can’t wait to read Great-grandma’s book.  When her mom brought the Daughters of Deliverance home, the smile on her face tells it all .  Ten might be a little young . Thankfully the concepts of trafficking and slavery are still beyond her, but I know she’ll admire my historical  heroine, Katharine Bushnell, and her  passion to rescue girls from evil.*

I love her sweet innocent face,  I’m thankful she’s growing up in a family where she’s loved and protected; where her big brothers would never allow anyone to hurt her; and where her parents teach her the Bible and pray for her  to grow up knowing God loves her.

One day she’ll find out that since Kate’s discovery and exposure of “white slavery” in the United States in the late 1800’s,  the tragic  practice has only grown worse.

There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children. — Cortana

*Though the book deals with adult subjects, I’ve written Kate’s story without sordid details. In fact, Kate’s  faith and obedience to God as she finds herself in difficult situations, is what my readers are telling me challenges them  the most.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise for The Queen’s Daughters

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Occasionally I’ve found that someone else can describe the purpose of my books more clearly than I can.  This is the case with  an endorsement I received for The Queen’s Daughters.

The future for girls would look brighter if we all took to heart the wisdom of  The Queen’s Daughters. It is not the hideous thought of sexual abuse that changes the future for girls.  It is the love and persistent effort of men and women like Katharine Bushnell whose story inspired the second of two novels by Lorry Lutz.  To journey with Katharine Bushnell into the uncharted territory of shielding girls from sexual slavery is not only profoundly eye opening,  it is deeply inspiring.

Daniel Rickett, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, She Is Safe, Inc.

 I’m impressed that this endorsement was written by a man.  Generally historical novels, especially about women, are read by women.  But when men read Katharine’s story they are incredulous about the abuse women and girls suffer — and that it’s been going on so long.  Katharine was a pioneer in the late nineteenth century to expose the abuse, and to courageously get “in your face” with politicians and powerful men who could do something about it.

Go to The Queen’s Daughters on Amazon.  I hear they plan to raise the price for the print book soon.  Watch for special offers for free or 99c e-books. As a writer I feel cheapened to see my hard work sold at that price– but I understand it helps sales. And it’s great for my readers.

Dan Rickett is just one of other men who have found Kate’s story challenging. If you’re a wife, you might add this book to your husband’s Christmas gifts, or read it together. I promise you there are no “purple patches” (salacious scenes). The story is set in the Victorian era!

 

 

 

Under the Banana Tree

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Under the Banana Tree

Three days before I left Kenya this summer I made a short video about The Queen’s Daughters. Adams, who heads up the media equipment department at  Daystar University, brought his camera. I watched  him through my window, moving a chair from one spot to another — aah, he was looking for just the right spot.  He finally moved the chair part way up the side of the massive rock  behind the house, near a young banana tree (no bananas yet–the ones I’m holding aren’t from that little tree!) Once he was sure the background and the lighting were just right he called me to come.

That was the first problem– I’m  not good at climbing anything these days, though I didn’t tell him that.  I stepped carefully, trying to avoid stones and anything unstable. But I suddenly  jammed  my foot between two rocks , and I went down on my knees, screaming.  Of course Adams and Wekesa, a student working in the garden, came running to help–  “Mum Lorry!” But I didn’t want them to lift me up — I was afraid they’d drop me and all three of us would roll down the hill. They knew better. Each grabbed an upper arm and as though I was light as a bird, up I went.  No damage– just my pride.

Hence, the video I was about to show you is a little shaky from that experience, but will tell you how I learned some things while in Africa that made me even more thankful for the privilege of writing Dr. Katharine Bushnell’s story in The Queen’s Daughters  (released in September).

Hopefully by the next time I’ll have figured out how to import a UTube into my blog.  Any ideas? Unfortunately this edition of the video  here doesn’t work. But go  back to Facebook and open the video posted today — October 5. I’m still a bit shaky but the stories are true.

 

 

 

Tomorrow I’m having a “book-baby!”

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Tomorrow I’m having a “book-baby!”

This is my twelfth “book baby” and one was stillborn 😦  At times I still wonder if that first struggle to write a book could be brought back to life?  It had a rather strange title–“How to Bring about Change Without Everybody Getting Mad at You?”  I guess it didn’t fly then, because I couldn’t find the answer.  The manuscript was all about  being hurt — and what the people who were mad at me–and my husband–did.  Maybe when I turn ninety (next February) I will haul it off the shelf and read through those typed pages again. I suspect the answer would come as I read. God has certainly given me more insight and understanding of relationships after almost fifty more years of living!

I’m not having a big launch party for The Queen’s Daughters.  It’s not that she isn’t worth it — my, the adventures  Katharine Bushnell and Bess Andrews had in India should keep my readers awake! When they both got stuck in Peshawar at the end of the Kyber pass (from Kabul,Afghanistan) I had a hard time getting them out of there myself.

The launch of a twelfth book is something like launching the fifth child in a family. Relatives visit and send cards  and gifts when the first grandchild is born– and in this century the cellphone lines are hot with baby pictures.  But my fifth baby started life on the road in  the back bedroom of our 42-foot trailer as we traveled across the country meeting people and speaking in churches about our youth work in South Africa.  In one church a dear lady felt sorry for our baby, and offered to take him home and care for him the whole week we were there!! (I wish she knew what a godly, sensitive, caring man he turned out to be, and how much he was and is loved by the whole family!)

Well, back to  — THE QUEEN’S DAUGHTERS. She’s my twelfth and fulfills my dream of birthing a book that will challenge readers  with  Kate’s passion and risk-taking efforts to overcome injustice.

Tomorrow– September 1– is the day.  If you enjoyed Daughters of Deliverance you’ll be eager to read the sequel, The Queen’s Daughters. Please write a review at the bottom of the book’s page in Amazon–it helps so much to get the word out to others!