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Scared Paperback – May 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing; Original edition (May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589191021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589191020
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Nelson on Sept. 3 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Arpin-Ricci on June 14 2009
Format: Paperback
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not, generally speaking, a fan of (current) Christian fiction. So much of it is shallow, self-congratulatory moralizing in a quality not always worthy of print. In the case of Tom Davis's "Scared: A Novel On The Edge Of The World", this hardly the case. In fact, finished the book last night (this morning) at 4 am, glued to every page.

This book is not for the faint of heart, portraying a reality that is graphic and heartbreaking. As someone who has travelled widely for missions & relief work, I can attest that this book does not overstate the harsh conditions people live with worldwide, many of them easily remedied through responsible, compassionate relationship. Though written as a work of fiction, Tom's own first hand experience with poverty, AIDS and other human suffering add an authority and authenticity to the story that is much needed.

I would highly encourage you to purchase copies today- yes, I said copies, as you will want to give a few of them away. This is a critical read for those who live in the comfort of our Western affluence, but genuinely seek to know God's heart for His children worldwide. Tom provides clear and helpful direction at the end of the book for getting involved responsibly. I stress responsible involvement because, as those who have travelled to this regions know, well-intentioned Western involvement is not always helpful. Tom & Children's HopeChest are very aware of these dynamics, working to act with responsible compassion for lasting change.

While perhaps rough around the literary edges (as would be expected of any first time novelist), the raw emotion and realism of this tale will keep you turning page after page. Please, buy it today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Graf-Martin on May 22 2009
Format: Paperback
*Review refers to an advance reader manuscript*

Anyone who thinks that fiction isn't life changing might want to consider this title! Scared was one of the best books I have read in a long time, because it truly caused me to consider my own worldview and then motivated me to action.

Tom Davis knows of what he writes, because his story of a photojournalist's view of in Swaziland transported me right into the dust, mud, poverty, hunger, desperation, and humanity of people he obviously loves a great deal.

I turned the pages quickly, but at the same time had a hard time digesting all that I was reading. The story of Adanna - a lovely girl, orphaned by AIDS and trapped by circumstances few North Americans can fathom was both beautiful and heartbreaking.

The words of this book jumped off the page, and haunted my thoughts long after reading. Scared served to personalize and put a face to the suffering of so many on the continent of Africa. And yet, the reader is not left without hope - but hopeful that change is possible, and we have the opportunity to affect change.

I am so grateful that Tom Davis chose to write it. It was used to change my perspective and I pray that it finds a wide audience - and becomes a catalyst for change in the hearts and minds of thousands of others!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Saunders on July 29 2009
Format: Paperback
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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