Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Transformation of an Exotic Dancer

One of my main characters in a novel currently in progress is a reformed exotic dancer, so when I read the promo for the book, Scars and Stilettos, I knew I had to read it, and I'm so glad I did. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to work with young women in ministry, or for anyone who has loved ones involved in the sex-trade industry.

We're giving away a copy of the book, too. But you must follow the rules to qualify:

To enter the contest: Visit the Scars and Stilettos web site - http://www.scarsandstilettos.com/. Click on the tab Get Involved, and then choose one of those links to read about. Come back here and leave a comment sharing one thing you could do to get involved. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so we can notify you if you are chosen as winner. We'll read through the entries, and pick a winner, who will receive a copy of Scars and Stilettos. You must leave a comment by Monday, June 28th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 29th. Entries that do not leave a relevant comment will be disqualified.

The facts shared at the end of Scars and Stilettos are horrifying enough to share, and something for each one of us to consider as a ministry and prayer concern. Some stats listed:

  • More women are employed by the sex industry than at any other time in history.
  • Between 66 and 90 percent of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children.
  • The women in this industry face many issues that affect their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They are a largely unreached population, and many feel desperately isolated and alone. Even those who would contemplate going to church wonder if there truly is a place for them there. Will they find the restoration they are seeking in the house of God?
  • Harmony's ministry, Treasures, is the first and only organization of its kind in the Los Angeles area.

Thank you, Harmony, for sharing your story. Your courage and transparency are inspiring. May God bless your ministry in a mighty way.

Fear of being abandoned keeps 19-year-old Harmony Dust trapped in an abusive relationship. Tens of thousands of dollars in debt and struggling to get by, someone tells her how much money she can make as an exotic dancer. For the next 3 years, Harmony lives a double life as Monique, a dancer in a strip club.

"Scars and Stilettos" is Harmony's stark, honest, & ultimately hopeful story of how God found her in that dark, noisy place & led her back out. She has since completed an MA in Social Welfare & now leads Treasures, an organization helping women in the sex trade discover their true worth & value. For more information about Harmony or her book please visit her website: http://www.scarsandstilettos.com.

"You will want to get a copy for every person you know... Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be encouraged, you will fall in love with God all over again."

Holly Wagner, Author and Founder of GodChicks

"Harmony’s story is compelling evidence of how far the love of God reaches to heal broken lives and restore all that has been stolen. Scars and Stilettos is a must read for anyone who lives in despair and believes there is no way out. Harmony, as the founder of Treasures Ministries, has been a guest at Mercy Ministries to share her story with our residents, and the impact was great. Her life is now devoted to reaching out to those who are still living in the circumstances that she came out of, literally loving them to Christ. Harmony is living proof that in Christ, old things are passed away and all things are new."

Nancy Alcorn, Founder of Mercy Ministries

"The thing that blows me away about Harmony's story is that she showed back up. How easy would it be to never step foot in a strip club ever again. The pain, the memories, the past was all right there but she decided that this was not about her but the hundreds of women that remained in the clubs."

Craig Gross, Founder of XXX Church

Check out Harmony's Press Page for magazine articles and videos about her work with women in the sex-trade industry.

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1 comment:

Diana said...


I checked out the site Scars and Stilettos. As soon as I heard about this book I wanted to read it. I am a writer aspiring to be published and one of the subjects I want to write about from a Chrisitan viewpoint is girls and women sucked into and trapped in the sex-trade and what I call the quasi sex-trade, ie maybe not selling sex itslef, but pretty darn close, strutting their bodies for money and men. So writing is the number one way I want to get involved. But I also will use word-of-mouth, I'll read this book and talk about it. maybe buy extra copies to give away. and I think I'd like to support the Traesures ministry. I hope I win. If I don't I'll be buying this book.