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I Heart Sex Workers: A Christian Response to People in the Sex Trade

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By Lia Claire Scholl

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I Heart Sex Workers examines the forces leading individuals into prostitution, whether through coercion, choice, or circumstance. And it provides a Christian response, answering the question, ÒAre you my neighbor?Ó How do we respond to woman trading sex for a place to live tonight when she asks, ÒWhere will I sleep?Ó This book discusses these issues and many more.

LISTEN to Lia Claire Scholl talk about I [Heart] Sex Workers on "Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith": Part 1 | Part 2 Paying for sex Ñ engaging in Òthe oldest professionÓ -- is everywhere, even in your church. The factors leading individuals into sex work are as varied as hair colors, yet sex workers are viewed as powerless individuals who must be rescued.

I Heart Sex Workers offers another perspective, one where the characters defy stereotypes and solutions are hard to find. Author Lia Scholl firmly believes the Christian response to sex work should be one of building agency for women, through education, through fighting injustice, by listening to the voices of sex workers.

I Heart Sex Workers examines the forces leading individuals into prostitution, whether through coercion, choice, or circumstance. And it provides a Christian response, answering the question, ÒAre you my neighbor?Ó How do we respond to woman trading sex for a place to live tonight when she asks, ÒWhere will I sleep?Ó This book discusses these issues and many more.

LISTEN to Lia Claire Scholl talk about I [Heart] Sex Workers on "Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith": Part 1 | Part 2

 

Endorsements

"I have to admit that I’ve had no experience ministering to sex workers, but with the recent increase in awareness of sex trafficking, I was eager to read I Heart Sex Workers: A Christian Response to People in the Sex Trade by Lia Claire Scholl. I found it geared not toward the problem of the sex trade industry but rather men and women who are sex workers: prostitutes, strippers, sex workers. Well-written and raw, this book forces you to confront your preconceived notions about the sex industry. Each section of the book opens with a re-telling of a Biblical character who would be considered a sex worker. Challenging your language and your pity, Lia Claire Scholl will open your eyes to the unique circumstances and needs of sex workers. I don’t know if you’ll agree with everything she says (which is okay!), but it’s definitely worth a look!"
mrsandminister.com

"Lia Scholl draws on years of experience to shed light on common misconceptions and how we can minister to sex workers. She explains how we can increase agency for each person--her ability to make a solid choice based on the options available for her life. Most importantly, the author educates about respecting individuals and rejecting the urge to treat them as victims. I particularly enjoyed this book because I am often exposed to people who fit into the category of sex workers, and I'll bet you are, too. From the transgender hairdresser at the end of my block to the ladies who use conjugal visits to barter with the male inmates across the yard, to the young person who is struggling with his sexual orientation and stumbles into my church. The more I understand where these people come from and what drives their decisions, the better equipped I am to form a relationship with them. And isn't that what I'm called to do? This book is a valuable tool, not only for clergy and those in secular or religious ministry to sex workers, but also for anyone who wants to reach out to those around us and learn how to treat an often misunderstood population with dignity. As we come alongside them, we empower them to make solid choices. I Heart Sex Workers is a vital guide to understanding just how we can do this. WARNING: Obviously, there is adult content in this book, so you won't want to pass this one along to young readers. I think this goes without saying, but since I often review books for teens and young adults, I'm including this disclaimer. That said, Rev. Scholl handles these delicate topics with tact--enough information and explanations to understand a world I didn't fully grasp, but without the gory details that would make me cringe or skip through sections."
Hammocklibrarian.blogspot.com
“In I Heart Sex Workers, Rev. Lia Scholl challenges disdainful assumptions, enlightens well-meaning labor, and inspires longing for real change. Filled with unflinching and powerful truth, each page of this book instructed me. Scholl presents an unsentimental, practical analysis of sex worker advocacy and modern slavery, which will lead us away from empty heroism to a deeper understanding of how our society works.”
—Carol Howard Merritt, author of Tribal Church and Reframing Hope

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