UNSHACKLING OUR SOUL TO HEAL AMERICA
In the previous few years, I’ve watched the light in our Statue of Liberty fade, with the evidence that our own policies are destroying lives not only in America but across the world. We are becoming like those we have been battling for decades, and our lip service of human rights is belied by our actions of torture and hypocritical policies of “stand your ground” and unrestrictive gun laws. Cultural terrorism, violence, hatred, and the like permeate our states and metropolitan cities. Laws are no longer of government but rather indeed are of persons—those who pay to escape prosecution, bringing no justice for their victims. We do not do what we say. Our light is going out.
Why this book? Why now?
So why this book, and why now? We have to knock on hearts while we endeavor to call the dead back to life. We are at a crossroads in American history, a place of such deep divisions that dramatic change in every facet of our social structures is necessary if we are going to prevent the continued destruction of innocence, including the innocence of those who have been deceived by the erroneous dogmas of our three greatest institutions: religion, economics, and politics.
Slaves of a Different Kind shines a light into the deep crevices of our own soul. It is to reveal the unholy attitudes of people of faith, the intentional methods of corporate America to enslave consumers to purchase products, and the treasonous attempts by the most disconnected Congress in generations to derail the progress we have made as a country. If we are able to embrace and repent from the damaging issues within ourselves and the elements of division and turmoil in which we have been complicit, good will come.
“Yvonne offers us a prophetic cry from the heart that any American with a conscience will respond to. Do you love your family? Do you want a better future for them? Then read this book. As Yvonne says, ‘We are in the evolutionary emergence of truly understanding our responsibility for one another. We understand why capitalism has failed on a cultural as well as a societal level.’ Slaves of a Different Kind offers us a passionate sermon on the way out of the mess we’re making of our world and our lives.”
—Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God
“Though it has always existed, human trafficking is now way out of hand because of the emergence of the internet and easy access to pornography. Yvonne William’s book, Slaves of a Different Kind, provides insight into the cultural roots that are fueling human trafficking industry (and many other egregious crimes) that causes 100,000+ children to be victimized, exploited, and trafficked in our country today. My hope is that this book will cause us to examine ourselves and contribute to bringing greater awareness of this major issue in America’s public arena.”
—Bobby Schuller, pastor of Hour of Power
“Slaves of a Different Kind is a must-read for every American. Yvonne strikes directly at the core issue pervading every aspect of our culture and opens the way for fresh energy in overcoming our social ills. She speaks eloquently of the crisis in our value system, offers concrete help for healing ourselves, and affirms that our cherished ideals which created this country can reemerge to move us forward positively now and for future generations.”
—Donna D’Ingillo, author of Teach Us to Love – Finding Unconditional Love through Communion with God
“People who grapple with the problem of human trafficking usually approach it from a small-picture perspective—public policy, law enforcement priorities, rescue strategies, etc. But this is like nipping at the heels of an ever-growing monster, says Yvonne Williams. In Slaves of a Different Kind, she gives us a refreshing and inspiring big-picture approach to ending human trafficking. She talks about draining the monster’s lifeblood by changing America’s culture and augmenting spirituality. There is no alternative, she says, to undertaking this titanic but doable task.”
—Bob Selle, journalist
“Our future as a nation is at stake! Frederick Douglass once said, ‘No man can put a chain about his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.’ Slavery both past and present is our national crime. As a nation we have to either break free of our addiction to slavery once and for all or forever be bound to our ancestral sin. Yvonne G. Williams gives a clarion call for all of us to understand our greatest national battle in the 21st century… American children being taken captive by Modern Slavery! This book is a must-read.”
—Mike Berry, senior pastor, Cross Rhythm Church, Annapolis, Maryland
“What does racism have to do with human trafficking? Truly more than you think, and yes, it has to do with the soul of America that needs to be unshackled. How? Read this thought-provoking and timely book by Yvonne Williams about one of the most insidious, hidden, and growing plagues threatening American society. Yvonne’s analysis, from the inside out, will challenge you personally, especially if you are a person of faith. Unless and until we begin to see all kinds of slavery from the perspective that Yvonne offers, we will never find healing for the American soul.”
—Angelika Selle, president, Women’s Federation for World Peace USA; vice-president, WFWP International
“Slavery is without a doubt the world’s oldest form of oppression. Slaves of a Different Kind gets to the heart of the matter. Author, Yvonne Williams, reveals the not-so-hidden enslaving practices and mind-sets that threaten our nation’s sense of morality and ethics. However, just when the hour seems darkest, Yvonne reminds us that we can break the chains of slavery and fulfill America’s promise of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. She encourages us to live in the biblical spirit of ‘brotherly love’ for all mankind. Read this book and be inspired!”
—Bill Haley, president, The Alex Haley Roots Foundation
What inspired this book?
From the very onset of our human trafficking advocacy work, my aim was to understand the root causes driving the atrocities of this modern-day slavery. The discoveries are the essence of this book and an attempt to answer the question that so many people ask: “Why?” Without using the same stereotypical reply, “Because we are sinners (a mere scapegoat),” I have come to understand that the answers are much deeper and warrant a thorough examination. In that quest for answers I found some of them in the most unsuspecting places…within the ranks of the abolitionist movement itself. I discovered that many advocates like to distinguish those worthy of healing from those who are not; that the love of Jesus from some of the faith-based organizations is limited to a certain sector of victims; that competition and manipulation exist inside the walls of nonprofit work as well as in corporate America; and that a sense of separatism is displayed by some who have risen to prominence in this field. Hence the title, Slaves of a Different Kind.
The book, however, is not about human trafficking as some may presume. The title was carefully chosen to wake us up, to reveal to us that slavery of one man to another is merely the slavery of the soul. Such human suffering has always occurred as a result of our own inner enslavement to unhealthy ideologies and erroneous thinking and that is what is destroying the very fabric of America’s social structure; the root of, not only human trafficking, but all of the other egregious acts one to another.