Scars and Stilettos: The Transformation of an Exotic Dancer

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Kregel Publications, Dec 18, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
Fear of being abandoned keeps nineteen-year-old Harmony Dust trapped in an abusive and cruel relationship. She thinks she has hit bottom--tens of thousands of dollars in debt, struggling to get by, and so controlled by her boyfriend that she doesn't protest when he begins openly sleeping around. Things can't get worse . . . until someone tells her how much money she can make as an exotic dancer. For the next three years, Harmony lives a double life as Monique, a dancer in a fully-nude strip club.

Scars and Stilettos is Harmony's stark, honest, and ultimately hopeful story of how God found her in that dark, noisy place and led her out. She has since married, completed an MA in social welfare, and now leads Treasures, an organization helping women in the sex trade discover their true worth.

"Harmony wrote her story so that you and your friends may get help out of whatever dark tunnel you find yourself in. I know her heart, and it is to see all of us live our lives in the very purpose for which we were created. I do want to warn you . . . once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be encouraged, you will fall in love with God all over again . . . and you will want to get a copy for every person you know." --Holly Wagner, from the preface

"Harmony's story is compelling evidence of how far the love of God reaches to heal broken lives and restore all that has been stolen." --Nancy Alcorn, Mercy Ministries

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User Review  - ariahfine - LibraryThing

Interesting autobiography of this women's life and struggle. The vast majority of it had to do with about 5 years of her life in an emotionally abusive relationship and involved in the sex industry. The very end is about her turn toward the Christian faith and leaving her relationship and work. Read full review

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User Review  - Mirkwood - LibraryThing

Well, bless her heart, this has a triumphant ending for Ms. Dust. I am glad she is doing so well and that she is out there trying to rescue other women who are currently in the trap she was in. I wish ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Harmony Dust now runs Treasures, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that helps women in the sex industry to make healthy life choices. Find out more at

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