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Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World by [Davis, Tom]
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Length: 307 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2147 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S9KS3W
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I don't recommend reading this in public because you'd have a hard time getting past the lump in your throat to explain just what it was that evoked that level of emotion in you. I'm not exaggerating. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be emotionally moved when you read Scared. The entire time I read this book I was in Africa right along with the characters. That's great writing.

While the abuse and poverty were disheartening to experience through the story, the way people who loved God reached out with the little they had was truly uplifting. Evocative and intense, Scared cuts deep into your heart as you read along. Healing fills the pages, yet there are no easy answers given, and it shows how each day is a struggle for the people of Swaziland to even survive. That's why the orphans and the widows need people who care. I loved how Scared showed that many of the sick and dying were truly victims of AIDS through no wrongdoing of their own. This book should be an award winner for the message alone. Seriously.

I've rarely experienced this level of realism in a novel, especially in the CBA. It's so realistic, it's downright edgy - but to the extreme. Like the Holocaust, there are some awful things that happen in this book. Unspeakable things. But it also shows how God holds those who suffer close to His heart. You see that in this book in a way that is rarely portrayed in Christian fiction. All of the ugly stuff is not smoothed over, nor is the God-given compassion. I was moved to tears so many times I lost count.

When the people who were starving literally danced with joy when offered a meager ration of food, it really touched me. We have so much in this country, yet we are so ungrateful.
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I LOVED this book. It is an incredibly sad story but has beautiful glimpses of hope. I found Davis' writing gripping. I was hooked into this story from page 1... if I could have read it start to finish in one sitting I would have. Unfortunately those pesky parenting duties got in my way ;)

This story made me cry and it made me want to jump up off my chair and DO something... ANYTHING to help the oppressed in our world. I really think every single person in North America should read this book... maybe it would help us all get a little bit of perspective. We are blessed. We should be caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. We should stop being so darn selfish. I'm telling you I was reading this story, weeping and wishing I could scoop up those starving babies and bring them all home.

But please don't misunderstand me- this book is not written in some sort of preachy condescending way. It is also not one of those books that leaves you feeling so overwhelmed that it seems pointless to care. It is a story filled with grim reality, yes, but it is also filled with hope and a do-able call to action. I promise you Scared will move you.

Read this book. By yourself. With your spouse. With your children. With your bible study group. With your entire church. Pass it around to all your neighbours. You really must read this book.
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Author, speaker and activist Tom Davis recently released his first novel, Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World. Tom pinned a gripping book that deals with the haunting reality of the life that is lived by those who have been swallowed by extreme poverty. Issues of hunger, aids, and other injustices are all too real in our world, and Tom allows the reader to enter into the narrative and grasp what life is like through the eyes and heart of a Swazi child, the good, the bad and the ugly!

The story is gripping, fast paced and heartbreaking. Yet filled with hope in the midst of tragedy, Tom paints a picture of reality, but also pens a pathway of change and hope.

My prayer for this book is simple, that the rest of the world would somehow realize that if we choose to love and care for those who live in extreme poverty, we can make a difference, life can be better, extreme poverty can be eradicated. I feel like this book is vital as it can help us see humanity beyond the issues the global poor face. These are real people who are desperate and deserve a better life. Hopefully, through this story, it will cause a movement of compassion and service.
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This book could have been even better if it had been fleshed out a little more. The story is great and you definitely connect with the characters. The author could have enhanced the story by putting in some actual facts about the AIDS epidemic, like numbers of deaths, numbers of parentless families, economic cost to the economies, etc. This type of information could have enforced the message of the horror that is occurring in the African nations due to AIDS. And I don't understand the title of the book, so maybe that could use a tweaking also. But definitely read this one. You will not be sorry to have spent the time.
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A person who has lost his direction in life might possibly find it again in helping people who have desperate needs, according to Tom Davis in this book. Stuart Daniels is a photographer whose sense of purpose has been disturbed after witnessing horrific events in the Congo gets a new perspective on life when sent on an assignment to cover the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland.

The story starts with Stuart's assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1998. Unfortunately there is a bit of a reality gap here, as he lands in Kinshasa in the rainy season and drives straight to a village in the war zone, North Kivu. In fact, North Kivu is on the far side of the country, about six days' drive from Kinshasa on dirt tracks which are impassable when it rains. Anyone visiting the war zone would have landed in Goma, Kisangani or Bukavu, not in Kinshasa. Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai features in the story, but she was a Kenyan, not a Congolese. Accuracy seems to improve when the setting moves to Swaziland, which the author has visited, but the characters still do not have a very African feel to them.

Notwithstanding these inaccuracies, the author tells a powerful and important story. The brutalities and disregard for human rights and life are true. Even the aid agency which turns up at the scene of a tragedy for the photo opportunities rather than to provide useful help is true-to-life. People suffer in conditions which we must not allow to continue. But the answer is not simply to send money; aid needs to be designed very carefully and strategically to ensure that it brings lasting benefits.
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