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Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World [Paperback]

Tom Davis
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June 1 2009

Stuart Daniels has hit bottom. Once a celebrated and award-winning photojournalist, he is reeling from debt, a broken marriage, and crippling depression. The source of Stuart's grief is his most famous photo, a snapshot of brutality in the dangerous Congo. A haunting image that indicts him as a passive witness to gross injustice.

Stuart is given one last chance to redeem his career: A make-or-break assignment covering the AIDS crisis in a small African country. It is here that Stuart meets Adanna, a young orphan fighting for survival in a community ravaged by tragedy and disease. What seemed like a chance encounter will forever change their lives.

This sweeping, dramatic story explores the most vital social issues facing our world and offers a unique perspective on the tragedies taking place in Africa today. Readers will be encouraged to step out and help the "least of these."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! April 4 2014
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The book itself will tug at your heartstrings, and shows a side of the world that modern America doesn't see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Tale that will Change Your Life March 23 2012
I met Tom Davis at a Conference several years ago, and he talked about the haunting experience he witnesses in his many visits to AIDS-stricken Africa. Scared is a fictional book based on the tales of many that Tom has witnessed first-hand.

It is not a book for the faint-hearted; in fact, I would say it is one of the more haunting books I have read. It does not haunt you with graphic details of the violence, the neglect, and the pain that children in this part of the country suffer; but it haunts you by telling you honestly and vividly all these things. Several times, I had to put the book down because the events were too much for me to handle.

The book, however, is not a tale that just haunts you for hours and brings you to endless tears. It is a tale that, in spite of all these negative things, shines a light of hope. The protagonist found a way to find hope; Davis, in turn, challenges his readers to carry on with this hope through actions we can take to make a difference. It is an extremely powerful message, told through an authentic and honest story that you will not forget.

Many of us know very little about Africa, much less the true pains and sorrows that are taking place on a daily basis. Tom Davis will bring you through an incredible journey, but would also challenge you to not stop that journey when you finish reading the last page of the book. It is one of the most powerful novels I have read - I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone! Sept. 3 2009
This book is hard hitting and does not hold anything back. It is a harsh reality to read the things that so commonly happen to children in Africa. This story, although a novel, could be the story of any number of children who live in Africa or even Asia. It is often a hard life for children in many countries across this world and if this book doesn't convince you that you need to do something to help, then nothing will!
Tom outlines the life of Adanna, a girl who lives in Swaziland who seems to have wave after wave of terrible things happen around her and to her. It could be her courage or strength or her joy and hope in the face of sorrow that endears this girl to your heart. Whatever the reason you find yourself investing in this girls life. It is much the same with the central character Stuart Daniels. He is a photo journalist who has found himself on this assignment in Africa as a last ditch effort to save his career and maybe even his life. His struggles are laid out brilliantly and you quickly get caught up in this riveting story.
Tom Davis has done a masterful job on writing this book, so much so that it literally transports you into the middle of Africa right alongside the characters. He writes so well that it grips your heart and emotions so thoroughly that it will change who you are and how you look at the world. This book does not inspire guilt but encouragement and passion to get involved with the ongoing fight to help those out there that are not able to fight for themselves, to stand in the gap of justice and do what's right.
This book is a must read for everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Change Your Life July 29 2009
This is a difficult novel to read simply because the storyline is anything but fiction. The horrific scenes portrayed here personalize the effects of extreme poverty in the life of one very special little girl and those she comes in contact with. I can't tell you the number of times I had to put the book down to wipe the tears from my eyes.

If you are a person who cares about those living in poverty, read this book then buy copies for your friends (I plan to.) If you are not convinced that God has called the church to serve the poor, this book will change your worldview. And if you've just never taken the time to become informed about the effects that poverty is having on children "over there," this book just might change your life.
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