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Finding Jewel — Breaking Their Chains

Meet the Author — M. R. Childs

M. R. Childs has long been an advocate for victims of human trafficking. As a former counselor and current equine-assisted coach at Mt. Moriah Ranch in Florida (a center where horses are an intricate component in helping trauma victims heal), she has seen firsthand the degradation human trafficking has on the human body, soul, and spirit.

In Finding Jewel, Breaking Their Chains, she uses her thirteen years of experience as a teacher to weave a teen-appropriate tale of compassion, suspense, hope, and action that can begin the conversation with young readers about the burgeoning scourge of 21st century human trafficking. Through the online, downloadable Study Guide, parents and anyone working with young teens will be able to help them become more aware and learn how to strengthen themselves to avoid being victimized.

Her passion for helping those who don’t have a voice or who are caught up in life traumas extends to other “prisoners” as well. Childs is preparing to become a practitioner in the methodology of Spelling to Communicate for non-speakers or unreliable speakers with autism. As a Christ follower, she considers her relationship with Jesus as her driving force. As she says, “Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners. I love Him too much to do less.”

A photo of the author M. R. Childs with her left hand cupping the jaw of the horse who is the real-life Noble from the novel Finding JewelLiving in the Sunshine State, just north of Tampa, Childs does take time to enjoy the outdoors with her husband Michael and their mischievous dog Missy. When she wants to have fun with friends, you'll find her trying to get a group together for ziplining.