It's hard to find a story that's as gripping, thought-provoking and masterfully crafted as this. Kingsbury guides the reader from one gasp-worthy atrocity to another with perfectly timed intervals. In the midst of hopelessness and despair, this paperback release (of an '06 hardcover) will help you see God's divine power.

Mary Madison, the head of the Washington, D.C.-based S Street Shelter, became famous after she was found in a basement, chained to a bed, the victim of rape and child prostitution. The nation knew the public story of her life, but few were privy to the details about the foster homes, promiscuity, physical abuse and the rescue that changed her life forever.

Mary confides her story to Emma Johnson, who comes to the shelter having barely escaped with her life, needing a fix and tormented with fear and thoughts of suicide. Emma is a challenge to Mary as she describes the depths of horror she endured and God's ultimate divine power. But will Mary's testimony be enough to save Emma from self-destruction? (Tyndale, Jun., 384 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Reyes