From Benjamin R. David, District Attorney, New Hanover and Pender Counties, NC, whose work is featured in Suffer the Children:
The requirement to "do justice, love mercy and walk humbly" is not only a great mission statement for prosecutors, it is a command for us all. The Smiths have written a book that shines a light in a dark place to expose the plight of the most vulnerable and valuable members of any society: our children. In taking on hard topics like human trafficking, gang activity and poverty, the Smiths give us all a framework for a way forward to confront the hard truth: all of us have a responsibility to do more so that children do not suffer.
From Gerry Owens, Vice Chair of the Community Resource Council of the New Hanover Correctional Center:
I received your book, Suffer the Children, in yesterday's mail and finished most of it before bed. I just finished this afternoon and went back to reread several chapters with a highlighter in hand.
I had talked with my friend Dave Long (the owner of My Employees) regarding the minimum wage increase that morning. My Employees is a Wilmington company that deals with employee training and motivation. I plan to share your thoughts with him on the subject.
I also think I can use some of the information to help the Community Resource Council at NHCC to support our work. Working as a volunteer in jails and prisons for many years, you see first-hand the results of children and families suffering from the life that they were given. Too often, they are children who grew up with one or both parents and siblings "in the system." They serve "hard time" all of their young life.We have to break the cycle with love and understanding. When a person becomes involved in educational, vocational, religious and substance abuse programs inside, they see hope for a future. Too often, the volunteer teaching the classes is the only positive influence they have had in their life.
I plan to share Gary and Jane's work with the volunteer team in our unit. It will become a tool for understanding the men we are working with.
Excerpts from Amazon customer reviews:
Gary and Jane Smith's book, "Suffer the Children," is an excellent and encouraging resource for anyone who wants to both understand the challenges faced by children living in poverty and also respond to them in a way that can effectively bring about positive change on their behalf.
"Suffer the Children" is incredibly well-researched . . . [it]is readable and flows well. . . . Every chapter concludes with very simple and practical ways that we can respond and do something now. As moving as the stories and information are, I was not left feeling hopeless or in despair. I am inspired to keep stepping into the situations where I am able to help.
["Suffer the Children"] is a hopeful book because it focuses on what individual people, communities, organizations are doing to improve the lives of children through refusing to accept that status quo.
["Suffer the Children"] not only informatively introduces you to the poor and their problems . . . it also shows you the dozens of ways one can tangibly assist the destitute. By providing real life victory stories and showing the ways that ordinary people are making a difference in their community throughout the book, it encourages you to pick an issue such as hunger, clean water, or education, and work actively to solve it!
From the Accord Network:
Accord Network (which consists of 83 relief and development organizations) is happy to recommend Suffer the Children as a solid resource to better understand child poverty, how to get involved, and what you can specifically do to help.
From one of Gary's colleagues at Grove City College:
Just wanted to let you know that my wife, the kids, and I are reading Suffer the Children together, a little each night . . . It's having a profound impact on us and we're planning to use the book as a guide to plan some family activities and giving so we are part of the solution.
Thanks for writing the book. It is a breath of fresh air in contrast to a Christian culture that seems focused on culture wars and self-indulgence while paying lip service to loving one's neighbor and putting the needs of others above our own.