HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: No Longer a Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis
Author: K. P. Yohannan
Cover Designer: Cynthia Young
Publisher: GFA Books, 2011
Related websites: http://www.NoLongeraSlumdog.org (book), http://www.GFA.org (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults, but nothing unsuitable for most children
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Yohannan, K. P. No Longer a Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis (published in 2011 by GFA Books, a division of Gospel for Asia, 1800 Golden Trail Ct., Carrollton, TX 75010). Gospel for Asia is an inter-denominational “para-church” missions organization which runs Bridge of Hope centers in ten Asian countries, though mostly in India, to provide a brighter future for Asia’s poorest children through education, physical assistance, and religious training. The group has exhibited at our local homeschool conference where I picked up this book by the founder and director, K. P. Yohannan, which was being handed out free. After pointing out that, because of poverty in southeast Asia, abandoning or children or even selling them into slavery or prostitution is a choice that some parents are forced to make, it tells about an abandoned girl who found hope at the end of the railroad tracks, a young boy who escaped after years of forced servitude, and many others whose lives have been saved. Such children are called “slumdogs.”
There are a few items mentioned with which some believers might disagree, such as the idea that God may speak to people directly today through dreams, calling healing in response to prayer a miracle, and referring to ministers as “pastors.” And, of course, there is a big pitch to encourage people to support the work of GFA financially, which is the primary purpose of the book. But aside from this, it will give the reader a good idea of what life is like for the “Untouchables” (Dalits) and “Other Backward Castes” (OBCs) in India and would make a fine complement to a study of the geography and history of that country with its rigid caste system which, though technically illegal, is still practiced. If nothing else, it will certainly help us to appreciate the fact that our children have a warm bed, abundant supply of food, and educational opportunities. Yohannan’s first book, Revolution in World Missions, tells more about the origins and work of Gospel For Asia.