Book Review: “Dancing for the Devil” by Anny Donewald with Carrie Gerlach Cecil

November 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Anny Donewald with Carrie Gerlach Cecil in her new book, “Dancing for the Devil book coverDancing for the Devil” published by Howard Books gives us One Woman’s Dramatic and Divine Rescue from the Sex Industry.

From the back cover:  All that glitters is not gold.

An explosive memoir of transformation from a high-end stripper and escort who hit rock-bottom, turned to God, and left the sex trade to found Eve’s Angels, a ministry reaching out to women in the sex industry.

Growing up as the daughter of an NCAA Championship-winning basketball coach and a stay-at-home mom, Anny Donewald had a seemingly blessed childhood. Then, at thirteen, one of her father’s players sexually abused her, and Donewald embarked on a path toward self-destruction.

When Donewald was convinced to compete in an amateur night at a strip club, she found herself drawn into a world of drugs, money, and flesh peddlers in Michigan and Chicago—and eventually Las Vegas’ hottest XXX clubs. But the fantasy of fistfuls of hundred dollar bills quickly turned to the reality of bloodstains on bathroom floors and nights with customers in presidential suites at luxurious hotels. At an emotional breaking point and pondering the termination of her unborn son, Anny reached the gates of her personal hell. There, she found God.

Then, this long-legged, fiery blonde fought to free herself from the sex trade, and, by the healing grace of God, launched her non-profit, Eve’s Angels, which reaches out to girls who want out of the sex trade.

Dancing for the Devil takes an in-depth look at Anny’s struggles and sheds a new insider’s light on the horrible reality of the sex industry from someone who’s seen the worst of it. This captivating memoir shows how women from all walks of life find themselves trapped by the sex trade and, most importantly, explains how they can get out, start over, and find the love of Christ. Courageous and unforgettable, Dancing for the Devil is a heartbreaking story of darkness, grace, and, ultimately, redemption.

What happened to Anny Donewald could happen to anybody. She had a good life until she was sexually abused by a player on a team her father coached. From there is was a terrible descent into the world of strip clubs and the sex industry. How do you get out of this lifestyle when 1) you have to support your daughter and 2) you really do not know anything else? Once Ms. Donewald hit rock bottom she called out to God to rescue her. And He did! Her prayers are answered and she starts on a bumpy road to recovery. She feels that she is directed by God to help those, who like herself, feel trapped in the sex industry. Ms. Donewald has founded a Christian, non-profit, organization called “Eve’s Angels” to minister to not only the women but the men in the industry. This is not a book filled with graphic imagery of sex and violence it is, however, an honest expose of one woman’s nightmare and her eventual release from it. As I said this could happen to anybody we need to know how to help if we ever encounter someone in need. I think this book does exactly that.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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