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Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living Paperback – May 1, 2008

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Tom Davis is an author, consultant, and the president of Children's HopeChest ( www.hopechest.org) a Christian-based child advocacy organization helping orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. Tom holds a Business and Pastoral Ministry degree from Dallas Baptist University and a master's degree in Theology from The Criswell College.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781448476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781448475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis is one of those books that will change your life if you let it. Your eyes will be opened to the plight of orphans, widows, the poor and the stranger and to what God says to Christians about providing for them. God will place these on your heart in such a way that you will find it hard to forget. Not only does Mr. Davis explain in detail about these "fatherless", he also shows how important the least of these are to the heart of God. You will realize that God blesses those who bless them. Mr. Davis addresses fear that robs us of the joy to be found in showing compassion to the fatherless. It is this fear that will prevent us from growing, changing and experiencing the joy and blessings God has for us. You will be encouraged to do something, not just hope that "someone else" will do it.

If you allow this book to touch you, Mr. Davis has also provided a "Guide To Walking in the Fields of the Fatherless". The Guide gives specific ways to become involved in helping the fatherless. I encourage every Christian to read this life-changing book. Do not miss the blessings you will receive by caring for those who cannot care for themselves. I know I have been personally encouraged to start a ministry to orphans in my church. I hope that others will be encouraged in the same way.
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The widow, the orphan, the stranger - all groups that hold a special place in the heart of God. The Church (especially in the West) has all-too-often allowed social services and government programs take the place of being the body of Christ in the world. The power of this book lies less in its Biblical exposition and more in the emotional impact of its stories. It is a call to open our hearts to those who are so important to God and become an agent of change, an advocate, and to start practicing true religion (James 1:27). If only 7% of the professed Christians in the world would open their lives and homes to an orphan, there would be no orphaned children, crying out for a place to call home. This is a call for the Church wake up and I would recommend it for those needing an introduction to the issue of adoption and care for those on the fringes. (I don't recommend it for those looking for a deep Biblical study, it is really best understood as an intro.)
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God makes it abundantly clear in the Bible that he cares deeply for the alien, the orphan and the widow. His love and zeal for the justice of those that live on the margins of society resonates throughout both the Old and the New Testament.

Unfortunately, many Christians today don't look at the margins of society. The marginalized don't go to their churches, they don't work with them or play little league with their kids. To many Christians the least of these are unseen and unnoticed. Sure, when asked many Christians will say they are concerned for the poor and want them to be helped, but they just don't know how they themselves can help.

This is the connection that Tom Davis seeks to make in his book The Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living. Far from a scathing critique on the lack of social action in the church today Davis' book is more a gentle introduction between one person who can help and another who needs it.

Davis begins by comparing concern for the poor (a.k.a. social justice) to discovering a hidden treasure that was right under your nose. He tells the reader to imagine that the book is "a treasure map that unlocks a marvelous treasure chest of truth about what matters most to God - and should matter most to us."

He begins with showing the biblical mandates to care for the alien, the orphan and the widow and the Old Testament promise of blessing (not necessarily material blessing) that comes from it. He then shows us real life stories of the fatherless today.
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Written by the president of Children's HopeChest, a Christian-based child advocacy organization helping orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. He is advocating for a very solid Biblical idea of adoption. The book is an easier read but full of mandates from scripture to care for the orphan. He makes a good plea for the work and witness of orphan care.
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This book is amazing. If you don't know God's heart for orphans, widows, and strangers, you will after reading this. Mr. Davis gently takes you on a ride to understanding the plight of these three categories of people and how the church is to respond. Buy a case....you'll want to hand one to everyone you know.
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This was a very good read. I purchased this book as a tool to make the decision whether or not to adopt a child from overseas. This author makes it very clear and cites many Biblical references to the importance of Christians to look after widows and orphans. This is a HUGE problem in the world and every Christian should help in some capacity, be it adopting, which I have done twice and more to come, or by donating time, money, or skills to help orphans and widows in our age.
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