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- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compelling and eye-opening. It really makes you feel like you're there, as one of these poor kids enduring such awful things, but with the presence of God helping them through it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book really touched my heart . Never has this story been shared in such a meaningful way. Mr Davis has quite a talent. It was very difficult to put this book down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by cbred57
Fiction based in fact can get to the heart of difficult matters in a way that nonfiction never can. This book does exactly that, and then combines it with a call to action of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book tugs at your heart strings and introduces REAL LIFE social issues that Africa faces that I had no clue about. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ~Amazon Customer~
Very eye opening book about how third world countries try to survive!!! I think it is a must read!!! Blesses you for what you have and take for granted!!! Read morePublished 12 months ago by SparklePlenty
You cannot read this book and not feel a need for change. Dear God, how is it possible that so many children, people, go for for frightening periods without the basic necessities... Read morePublished 14 months ago by coywolf
A compelling story that demands the turn of each consecutive page. Don't stop until you have woven the details into your own heart so that you too are compelled to act!Published 14 months ago by Lori Ford
Wow, this is one of the best novel. It's realistic, vivid, incredibly sad, yet so full of hope and endurance. It even made death seem hopeful. Made me want to name my kid Adanna.Published 14 months ago by CAmom
I downloaded this as a free kindle book from david c cook books. I loved it, easy to read, engaging characters, just long enough. Read morePublished 14 months ago by aprilove