Scared Paperback – May 2009
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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.
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!
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!
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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A very powerful heartbreaking story. Highly recommend this book.Published 15 months ago by Love to Read
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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.
In Scared, debut novelist Tom Davis takes us on a journey to Africa, bringing the continent's real struggles and hardships into our lives in a way that cannot be ignored. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2009 by Mary Simmons