Songs Of Deliverance Book Details Stories Of Healing From Abuse, Addiction And Trafficking

Monday, October 18, 2021

Andréana Lefton has released a new book, Songs of Deliverance. Ms. Lefton’s task was to interview women impacted by the ministries of Love’s Arm, a Chattanooga-based ministry helping women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

During a virtual book launch, Songs of Deliverance was officially released to the public. The moving collection of stories from survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction provides first-hand accounts of women whose stories are real, raw, and honest, said officials. 

“My story isn’t unique,” said Love’s Arm Founder Mimi Nikkel, “and that is tragic. Too many women are facing similar circumstances to those in this book, and my purpose in telling my story and creating Love’s Arm is to help others escape that life, break the cycle, and find a life worth living through the redemptive power of unconditional love and grace in Christ Jesus.”

The Southern Lit Alliance was instrumental in producing the book. Executive Director Lynda LeVan said the catalyst behind the book was a small group writing and journaling workshop conducted as part of the Turn the Page program the Lit Alliance was doing with Love’s Arm.

“Andréana was the facilitator of the workshop, and after hearing the stories of some of the women in the group, she felt moved to write the book,” Ms. LeVan said. Ms. LeVan then sought and was awarded a grant that helped pay for the author, book printing, and a video about the book.

While the book tells the story of three survivors, the front cover was also designed by a survivor.

“A great deal of emotion went into this book, as well as a strong desire to tell truthful, impactful stories with the intent of making people aware that these occurrences are unfortunately all around us,” Ms. Nikkel said. “We need to be more observant, more vigilant in helping to recognize when people need help, and to show love, grace and compassion.”

Songs of Deliverance is available for purchase at The Shop at Love’s Arm, opening soon on Shopify. Proceeds benefit the Love’s Arm.

 


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