Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Scars and Stilettos by Harmony Dust


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:

This is a world that I know absolutely nothing about and was intrigued enough to read the book.  I’ll be honest though, I struggled a bit with the author’s sometimes graphic account of her life as a stripper.  But even though it made me uncomfortable, I don’t think the book would have had as big an impact if she would have sugar coated her story.

I also found myself understanding more how a woman could stay in an abusive relationship.  Harmony’s boyfriend, who she was desperate to win the approval of, never seemed to care and would spend his unemployed days playing basketball.  Her words opened my eyes to how a situation like this could actually come about.

What impressed me the most and made me want to read this book was the fact that once she found the love of our Lord and was able to get away from this industry, rather than putting it all behind her she went back to save the other women.  I wonder how many of us would have done the same.

This was a good book and I’m glad to have read it, but I almost hesitate to recommend it due to the honest and graphic portrayal of the stripping.  If reading about this sort of thing bothers you, this definitely isn’t the book for you.  If reading about a woman who has overcome huge odds and now wants to share the love of Christ with others, then be sure to get a copy of this book.

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