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Help Me Title My Second Novel

posted by Tom Davis

Hey everyone! I really, really need your help.

My first novel, Scared – A Novel on the Edge of the World, has hit the bookshelves. It's getting rave reviews, you can read about 33 of them by clicking HERE. The second one is finished and will release next year. The working title is Sacred, and digs into the darkness of the child sex-trade industry in Russia and run by the mafia. 

There is some concern that Sacred is too close too Scared and may cause confusion. So here's what I need: Vote on one of the titles below, including Sacred. If you have a suggestion for a title that isn't listed, please tell me. Leave a comment below or email me at tdavis@hopechest.org. I only have 48 hours to do this and get the results back to Don, my publisher.

Thanks so much, this means a ton to me. By the way, if your title is chosen, your name will appear in the thank you section of the book!

1. Sacred

2. Consecrated

3. Priceless

4. Broken

5. Untouchable



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Brandi

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm


I vote for Broken. . .I think it invokes the same feeling as Scared. I agree that Sacred and Scared are too close to one another as well and think it could be confusing.
Can’t wait to read it though. no matter what it’s called :-)
Brandi



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Kevin J Bowman

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm


Priceless



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sarah smoker

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm


I like “Sacred” the best of those listed. I think it being close to “Scared” is good…it has some name recognition, and since the main character is the same it works. My humble opinion. :)



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Sarah

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm


The first title that jumps out at me is Broken, I think it goes along with scared well.



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Lindsey

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm


I LOVE Untouchable. It gives victims hope that some things in their lives (self-worth, love of Jesus and hope) are untouchable.



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C White

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm


How about: “Wounded”?



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Julie

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm


I like Broken as well. Think it goes well w/ Scared. Have to agree on the Sacred, Scared thing being close. For months I was calling the current book Sacred until I realized I’d read it wrong :-) Can’t wait to read it!



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@joelhwilliams

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm


Sacred



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Rachel

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm


“Broken” jumped out at me first. It describes what is happening in the sex slave industry. -Rachel



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Vince Giordano

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm


I like “Shattered.”



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David

posted September 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm


Untouchable. Sends a strong message.



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wendi

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm


I agree with the confusion of Sacred (esp. if they try to use the color red again :).
I do like Broken…
per Vince, Shattered is also poignant…
Sold
Property
Unseen
Stolen
Hidden



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Ricky

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm


I think Sacred and Scared are too close as well. I thought the current book was Sacred when I first saw it here also. I think it depends on whether you want it to be about the wrong done or the love God has for these girls despite what has happened. If it’s about the wrong committed then I like Broken, if it’s about their value as a human then I like Consecrated.
Hope that helps. Good luck deciding.



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Mary DeMuth

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm


Untouchable.



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Anne

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm


BROKEN. Definitely. And Sacred is too close to Scared, definitely. Good job finishing another book!



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squeaky and crystal

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm


I like Shattered or Broken



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gary black

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm


Sacred. Very simple.



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Karen Anderson

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm


Totally agree with the Scared/Sacred being confusing. As a publisher, it would make me nervous! I wouldn’t risk it. I like “Betrayed”.
The world has betrayed these young girls and God knows that feeling. It also works as the series unfolds: Scared, Betrayed, etc. so it would be in line for your next book! (you know I love you!)



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Erica

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm


“Broken” is what stands out from that list. I also like “Shaken” in regards to what happens to these lives affected by the sex trade industry.



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Kim Basten

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm


I like Broken. I agree with Brandi that it fits with the other book title. It also accurately describes a life touched by sexual abuse.



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Lena

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:16 pm


I love Broken.



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*karen

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm


I’d vote for Untouchable –
It has interesting references to the topic of your book (irony when considering the sex-trade industry, and those in a mafia are often considered “untouchable” in terms of being caught for their crimes).
When I first saw the title Sacred, I read it in my mind as Scared – at first glance they looked the same, so I think it’s a bit confusing.



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Marcia Laycock

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm


I think Broken would work well as a second title



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Victoria Van Patten

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm


I like the the title Sacred…but I do understand the thoughts about it being too close to scared.
If you want to stay with that same thought, then Consecrated or Sanctified would also be good titles!



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Sonprinses@aol.com

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm


I like the points that Ricky made.
In light of the original title Scared,
the name that comes to mind is…
“Holy”
Dorothy



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Sonprinses@aol.com

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm


OOOPsss :D)
Let’s try this again..
I like the points that Ricky made.
In light of the original title “Sacred”
The name that comes to mind is…
“Holy”…
so much for confusion between “Sacred” and “Scared”



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email_the_erhardts@yahoo.com

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm


How about “Restored”?



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Brandi

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm


Broken would be my vote.



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John Davis

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:51 pm


“PANIC” , a little more than scared. I myself would not worry about the scared/scared issue, I’m a reader – I know the difference



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Dawna Larsson

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:51 pm


Priceless shows what these lives are worth. It is also the the title that is the easiest on the tongue.



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Keith Penner

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm


Broken. Definitely Broken.



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Robby from Utah

posted September 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm


voiceless- what breaks my heart about this issue is that these kids aren’t heard. if they were, more would run to their rescue. they are denied their humanity and objectified into voiceless products.
the cry of the voiceless
voiceless children
voices
from the list though, priceless definitely says a lot.



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Amy in Cali

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm


I really like Sacred, but think it may confuse too many. So, for what it’s worth (haha) I thinking Broken or Shattered sound good.
What about adding another word to Sacred… like Nothing Sacred. As in, is nothing sacred anymore…the life of a young girl? I could be on a different page here though. :)
Good luck!



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Amy Savage

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm


Shattered…all the way.



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Sharon

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm


I was going to say Broken, but then I saw “Voiceless”, and I like that better! So I vote for “Voiceless”.



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Ed Leung

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm


Tom,
Of the five that are listed, I think “Broken” is the best of them. From a broader sense, I think the title is very appropriate and can logically flow in a series too – first, you have “Scared,” then you have “Broken,” and as we work through these titles that are “negative,” we’d eventually lead to one title that is the turning point, and then to the ultimate victory that only God’s grace would allow.
Just my two cents…
Ed



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David Reyes

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm


I vote broken. I think it speaks of the specific spiritual struggle faced by characters in the story. At least I would assume it does… :) looking forward to reading Scared. Anticipating the release of Broken.



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Julie

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm


Broken
can’t wait to read it!



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Sandy Moffet

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm


Broken is what I would pick out of that list. Other titles I would choose are the synonyms for Scared like: Shaken or Terrified.



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Kathy Vaughan

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm


Broken – with the same “flavor” as Scared, it makes me want to find out just what it is that is broken, and makes me believe there will be a way to fix it.



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mikekarenarthur@yahoo.com

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm


They’re all good. I like Broken and Untouchable. If you want to stay with one word titles and the same letter,
Sanctify,Sinister, Silent,
or not the same letter
Maligned, Revered, Purified, Liberated, Esteemed
Good luck with your quest.
Karen Arthur



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Natalie Teabo

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm


Tom, seems like you have plenty of votes for Broken. That’s my favorite from the list! I will agree with others of the tittle sacred though I like sacred, it is very close to scared.
If I have to choose my own to throw another name in the pool. I like Dishearten which means to ruins someones hope. Just a thought.
Great job, congrats cant wait for it!



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Patti Radzik

posted September 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm


Broken.



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Sarah

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm


Broken



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KittyLiterate

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm


I don’t know what the rest of the tagline will say, but I like Shattered Dreams…Best of luck with the book.



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isabel_1218@mac.com

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm


Broken



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Andrea

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm


Broken
But I do also like the other suggestions above with Wounded and Shattered.



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Robin

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm


I like wounded, weary or burdened….Matthew 11:28
“Come to me….all that are weary and burdened, And I will give you rest.” God is inviting us in, to rest and be restored.



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lisa Black

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm


I like broken, based on what you have told me about the subject matter….it just seems solid….but I will love what ever you pick….cause I just love YOU
your sista,
Lisa



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Kirsten Vogel

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm


As soon as I read what someone named Karen wrote “Betrayed”, my heart skipped a beat. It follows the title “Scared” nicely, and it is the perfect word for the ultimate betrayal that these precious girls face.
“Betrayed” is my vote. :-)



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Jason Scott

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm


Tom, I like Shattered the best but of your choices I would go with Broken.



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arlenenorton@gmail.com

posted September 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm


Broken – this word would best discribe how a child would feel in the sex trade world, I think. Future novels could expand on this word theme – Scared, Broken, Lost, Shattered, Stolen, Forgotten…
Stolen might be good as well – since that’s how a lot of sexually abused children describe how they feel their childhood was “stolen” from them.



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DJ

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:06 pm


I like “Priceless” as a reminder to all about their inherent worth in God’s eyes.



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Peter Greer

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm


Tom – how you write so many books while leading a thriving ministry is amazing!!! Thinking about the horrors of the sex trade, few words that seem to fit best from the list:
Alone.
Broken.
Betrayed.
Vulnerable.
Unprotected.
Excited to hear what you choose!



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Elysa

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:13 pm


PRICELESS or BROKEN….though BETRAYED is a good option, too.



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Elysa

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm


Okay, on second thought. Not PRICELESS. It’s good, but BROKEN or BETRAYED are better as series names to follow SCARED.



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Erin McCoy

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:25 pm


at first i really liked how close Scared and Sacred were, but i see that could be trouble. Therefore I vote for ‘broken’ because it flows with ‘Scared’
I’m excited about the new book!



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Colleen

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm


Sacred…I like that it’s close to Scared. I also like ‘Nothing Sacred’. I don’t like Broken…negative judgements on the beautiful ones rather than on the abusers. Betrayed is good…actually I might like that more.
Bless you in this process! Colleen



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Heather

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm


How about “Pursued”? Pursued by men and ultimately by God? Best wishes.



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Curtis Fletcher

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm


I think I’d be even MORE confusing and go with “Scarred”…to fit in with the broken and shattered notions listed above. Then your third novel could be more on a redemptive theme and be “Sacred”



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Rebecca Carraher

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:46 pm


I definitely like broken! This summer Adventures in Missions ambassador training camps were centered around being the beloved and broken was one of the four compenents of being the beloved. I love broken so much because what is broken can be restored.



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Barry Huggins

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm


I like Broken
or Betrayed
agree that Sacred might be too close to Scared



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Leigh Myers

posted September 1, 2009 at 7:49 pm


I love Sacred. I think it sounds good, it is a perfect picture of how God views the children in Russia, and I actually like how similar it is to Scared. It makes the books sound like more of a series.



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Kami

posted September 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm


Untouchable – can’t wait!



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Scott and Jo Anna Crawford

posted September 1, 2009 at 8:21 pm


We both like Priceless. Despite the atrocities of abuse in this world,
each soul is precious to God,
so much He sent His Son to save us!



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Sherri Woodbridge

posted September 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm


Sacred Ground –
All children are sacred to God and when you mess with one of them. you mess with Him on sacred ground.



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Katherine

posted September 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm


Yes, I definitely was confused by the similarity in names. I vote for “Priceless”, as it invokes the most curiosity for me out of all the titles.



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Jamie

posted September 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm


Broken. I like it.



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joanne

posted September 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm


Untouchable.



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Jeanette Morris

posted September 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm


I read all the comments, hoping I would be able to think of something original.
My suggestion is: Robbed.
Robbed of innocence, virginity, self-worth, hope, dignity…



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Kari Stewart

posted September 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm


Congratulations Tom!!!!! Thank you for writing about some tough stuff. It brings these terrible things we hear about to life. Adanna felt like a real little girl to me – she wasn’t just a character.
I like the title Silent or Silent Cry for your next novel.



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Meggan

posted September 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm


My vote is for Broken



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Karen Wistrom

posted September 1, 2009 at 9:31 pm


Hi Tom – here are a few suggestions …
Adored
Alone
Ruined
Abandoned
Forsaken
Deceived
Lured
Trapped
Discarded



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Sandra

posted September 1, 2009 at 9:46 pm


I like Shattered also.



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Molly

posted September 1, 2009 at 9:50 pm


I love Shattered or Sold. but I will read every word of whatever you call it….



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Jennifer Knapp

posted September 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm


1. Justice
2. Worthy
3. Broken
I like these three but it’s so hard having not read the book. I have my eyes closed envisioning our little 2 year old girl sitting in her orphanage just referred to us from Ethiopia. Those are the 3 things that come to mind.



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Dianar513

posted September 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm


PRICELESS is how precious these children are, and yet human traffiking is the second largest criminal “industry” in the world!
UNTOUCHABLE is my second choice–because in Christ we are untouchable, yet this industry violates His laws and His will so painfully :-(.
VOICELESS is also a STRONG name!
I’d read any of them–but do agree about Sacred being confusing…
–Diana R
http://www.backtocentermassage.com



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Kari

posted September 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm


Hi Tom,
I totally agree with changing the title for obvious reasons. It could be very confusing.
Here are some ideas Roger & I came up with…
Beloved.
Broken.
Sold.
Lost.
Captive.
Forgotten.
Hope that helps. Roger is VERY excited to travel to Ethiopia with you and Pete Kidd in November!!! “Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves…” Prov. 31:8a



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The Miller Brothers

posted September 2, 2009 at 12:58 am


“Captive” would be my idea of a good title for this. After all, Jesus came to “set the captives free.”



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Jen Harris

posted September 2, 2009 at 5:58 am


I’m in the group that thinks Sacred and Scared are too close and confusing.
I’m voting for Broken and have never liked the term untouchable……no one is untouchable from a Christian perspective and I think it’s a word that carries so much shame.
Wounded is good too.
Shattered conveys something that can’t be ‘fixed’ to me.



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Diane

posted September 2, 2009 at 6:11 am


I like Betrayed…Broken is good, too.
My first gut choice was Priceless, which
made me think of Precious, the word that always comes to mind when I think of orphans.



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Susan Sadler

posted September 2, 2009 at 6:13 am


INDESCRIBABLE = Beyond words!



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donna vissman

posted September 2, 2009 at 6:31 am


My vote is for Priceless. God sees these children as invaluable part of his kingdom, these children identity in Christ is more valuable than anything else.



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Jessica

posted September 2, 2009 at 6:39 am


sacred



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Brian Schuckman

posted September 2, 2009 at 6:46 am


Broken



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Julie Gillies

posted September 2, 2009 at 7:40 am


BROKEN. The children you’ll be writing about probably feel damaged and broken. Even worthless.
So, I vote for Broken. Because God heals the broken.



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Jamie Arpin-Ricci

posted September 2, 2009 at 7:43 am


While I love the title “Sacred”, I think I have to side with the publishers. Having spent many years as a bookseller, I think it will be confusing. In fact, following the progress of “Scared” online showed how often people actually call it “Sacred”.
With that said, I would try to stick with a an “S” word in the same form. I would choose:
“Silenced”
This denotes both the secrecy and the fact that it was externally imposed.
Peace,
Jamie



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HisFireFly

posted September 2, 2009 at 8:40 am


My vote would be for “Consecrated” It has the same meaning and feeling as “Sacred”



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hannah

posted September 2, 2009 at 9:16 am


Broken says it simply and clearly. But, in keeping with the ‘…red’ theme, I also like ‘Shattered’. Someone mentioned, ‘Restored’, which could be number three. :)
Love ya bro. Happy Anniversary!



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Barb A

posted September 2, 2009 at 9:25 am


When I read the choices, I kept thinking of the word “Scarred” instead. Not as confusing as Sacred (because your eyes want to tell you you’re reading the word Scared when you look at Sacred). Scarred is visibly different, and my feeling is that even when redeemed by the Lord’s touch, girls and women who’ve been trapped in the sex trade will always bear “scars” of what they’ve experienced.



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Scarlett

posted September 2, 2009 at 9:30 am


I vote for Sacred!



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Claire

posted September 2, 2009 at 9:42 am


I have to say Betrayed is staggering and highly appropriate for this topic. I like Broken, however, I feel like it is overused and diluted as a result. It is a bit more “acceptable” than being Scared or Betrayed.



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Em

posted September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am


Broken is my favorite of the titles you listed as it compliments Scared very well. I also like many of the other names some have suggested in the comments such as wounded.



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wendi

posted September 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm


ok, admittedly, I don’t know the angle of this book, but one more came to mind: Chosen
still liking Broken, Shattered and Voiceless, too.



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Tom Davis

posted September 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm


You all are truly amazing! Between the blog, Facebook, and email, we have over 250 responses. Let you know the winner soon.



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AT

posted September 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm


Broken or Wounded



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WildOldeMan

posted September 2, 2009 at 3:56 pm


…hey, my man!
…of the five listed, I like Priceless
…what about Redemption or Redeemed or Reclaimed or………..Priceless



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Cheryl Sargent

posted September 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm


Broken.
I can not imagine the horrors of what those girls endure. Being broken to the degree that only God’s healing power and amazing love would be able to restore their lives.
Loved Scared. Can’t wait for this one!



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Becki Morris

posted September 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm


I think Broken fits with Scared very well, and fits the subject matter as well.



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Sue VandenBrink

posted September 3, 2009 at 7:41 am


Broken is my vote! Wishing you well on this and all your wonderful dreams!



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Gin

posted September 3, 2009 at 9:38 am


Broken.
But I also liked Redeemed. It has a Biblical meaning, but the word itself could be appropriate for the subject of sex-trade too. Google define it.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=define%3Aredeemed&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g8g-s1g1



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leah anderson

posted September 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm


priceless
good word to contradict an industry that exploits humans for the sake of money…



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