Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery, By Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim

Refuse to Do Nothing

Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery

by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim
Foreword by Elisa Morgan

Refuse to Do Nothing
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: December 21, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4302
  • ISBN: 9780830843022

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Slavery didn't end in 1833, when William Wilberforce's decades-long campaign finally resulted in the Slavery Abolition Act. It didn't end in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It didn't end in 1949, when the United Nations declared trafficking "incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person." The sad truth is, slavery never ended. It just went underground, where it continues to exploit powerless men, women and children in horrific ways throughout the world.

Now for the good news: you have power.

In Refuse to Do Nothing, "Abolitionist Mamas" Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim share their stories of coming to terms with the power available to them in their normal, everyday lives to

  • illuminate the shadows where those who traffic in people hide
  • compel corporations to fight slavery in how their products are made
  • motivate politicians to fight for human dignity
  • mobilize friends and strangers alike to fight slavery at home and throughout the world

Slavery doesn't end without a fight. But get to know Shayne and Kimberly and their abolitionist friends, and you'll find the power God grants to all who fight for the powerless, and the joy awaiting those who refuse to do nothing.

"Moore and Yim represent the heart of the biblical advocate and beautifully answer the aching question many of us ask: But what can I do?"

Cindy Breilh, national director, Women of Vision, World Vision

"Kim and Shayne exemplify a long tradition of ordinary citizens refusing to sit on the sidelines while the poor suffer. They are relentless and an inspiration for us all."

Justin Dillon, director, Call + Response, and CEO, Slavery Footprint

"Refuse to Do Nothing offers the new anti-human trafficking activist a careful foundation for understanding and evaluating how to enter the battle and make her effort count. The authors build a solid case for individual responsibility in our own backyard. Additionally, the reflective exercises provide opportunity for a meaningful pause that fosters sustainable commitments rather than emotional highs that fade with time and distance. This is the small group study guide that I've been looking for and will recommend to students, community service groups and churches."

Sandie Morgan, director, Global Center for Women Justice

Shayne and Kim have found their voice in helping us recognize where our worlds may have grown small, and how, through practical choices and conversations, we can thrive as conduits of change as we make justice an everyday habit."

Betty Ann Boeving, founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition

"Refuse to Do Nothing is not a comfortable read. It is intended to open our eyes to the brutal world of human trafficking, to break our hearts over what grieves God's heart and to make us uneasy if we do nothing. I pray that God will use this powerful and practical book to ignite in us a fierce resolve to engage this battle and that we will not rest until the last captive is freed!"

Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church

"The issue of modern slavery is far more horrific then most of us can imagine. But I believe it's far more hopeful than most of us can imagine too. Read this book reflectively and join those who believe you have something to offer this injustice."

Laurie Bolthouse, producer, Trade of Innocents

"Read this book. The topic is daunting, I know. Just turn the page--and then the next. Keep turning the pages until you've read all the way through. And then, do something."

from the foreword by Elisa Morgan, president emerita, MOPS, and author of She Did What She Could

"Reader, you were made for this. Where you are today--your home, job, community, life--is exactly where God will use you to set captives free. In these pages Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim invite you to join the particularly Christian work of ending human slavery. On each page you'll be saying to yourself, 'I can do this.' Thanks be to God."

Margot Starbuck, author, Small Things with Great Love

"Exposed to the horrific reality of some 27 million slaves in the world, two suburban stay-at-home moms make a commitment to make a difference. An accessible and encouraging read with lots of practical ways to engage, Refuse to Do Nothing is an important book that will help mobilize moms (and others!) to know you can make a difference as a modern day abolitionist."

Mae Elise Cannon, Outreach Magazine, 11th Annual Resources of the Year: Justice "Also Recommended," March/April 2014

"Combining startling numbers with impassioned voices, this book makes the daunting task of working for global justice possible and within reach, as the authors themselves are mothers of children in the home."

Josh Ross, The Christian Chronicle, September 2013

"Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery delivers on its promise and not only arms you with the facts about slavery's pervasive influence, but offers tools and resources available to each person and steps we can take to join the rescue operation of its victims and the defeat of its perpetrators."

Andrea Hunter, Worship Leader Magazine, May 2013

"Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim write with candor about their own journey from 'suburban mamas' to modern-day abolitionists. . . . The authors present their story and information on how to go forward in an engaging, easy-to-process manner."

Chloe Pfifer, Horizons Magazine, March/April 2013

"This book educates, inspires, and gives practical 'how-to' steps for getting involved in the fight against one of the worst crimes against humanity . . . a crime that is going on right now under our noses. Every person who is involved and/or interested in the tragedy of human trafficking should get this book."

Frank Viola, from his Patheos blog, February 15, 2013


Foreward by Elisa Morgan
1. Mama, Slavery Ended with Abraham Lincoln
2. We've Done This Before
3. But I'm a Soccer Mom, Not an Activist
4. Abolitionist Mamas
5. Excuses
6. Thick Skin and Tender Hearts
7. Not In My Backyard
8. Who's Buying?
9. Be the Nosy Neighbor
10. Congo, Your Phone, and Child Slaves
11. Chocolate, Not So Sweet
12. You Have Purchasing Power
13. You Have Relationship Power
14. You Have Advocacy Power
15. What Is Still Needed
Go Deeper: Resources for Furhter Study, Reflection and Action
Appendix: Organizations You Should Know
Join the Movement
IVP Crescendo


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Shayne Moore

Shayne Moore was formerly director of operations at the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College Graduate School. She is the author of several books, including (with Kimberly Yim) Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery. She is also the cofounder of the Redbud Writers Guild.

Kimberly McOwen Yim

Kimberly McOwen Yim is cofounder and executive director of the SOCO Institute, and she writes and speaks on issues related to human trafficking. She is also coauthor (with Shayne Moore) of Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery.