Riveting, compelling, heartbreaking and motivating. Those are the words I’d use to describe Scared, Tom Davis’ first novel. It is uncommon for me to cry when I read books. This might be because I gravitate toward books that deal honestly with tragedy and hardship. Perhaps I’ve developed some sort of tough literary skin as I read about devastating details of life hardships. Though, I found there was simply no way to resist crying while reading about the fictional accounts of Adanna, a young African girl carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders as she encountered tragedy upon tragedy.
Davis skillfully evokes compassion and awareness for what we as Americans spend little time thinking about; the plight of African people.
In Scared, Stuart Daniels, an award-winning photojournalist embarks upon a life changing journey as he heads to a small African country. He witnesses horrific scenes of destruction, AIDS and poverty beyond belief. Adanna, a young orphan is by far one of the most influential people Stuart meets on his pressure-filled trip. He witnesses her integrity and unyielding faith to the point where he can no longer view life in the same way. The book is wrought with scene after scene of a complicated blend of riveting truth and tragedy. Scared was strongly recommended to me by over three different individuals. I also highly suggest this read if you are yearning to better understand humanity and are aching to do something about the devastation that still rampantly exists throughout Africa.
Some memorable lines from Scared:
“Fear strangled the air.”
“Who would have thought a place so filled with death could also be so beautiful?”
“He was just talking dry wind to all of us.”
“Everything inside of me is being rearranged. Every particle and every speck of dust that makes up who I am is changing.”
“How do we give hope to men who have lost all hope?”
“In this place, Stu, God has a way of bringing people down to the essence of who they are.”
“But the mystery—how God is working in all this…that I have learned to trust.”
And finally one that applied to me as I read Scared, “Africa has opened the valve to my tear ducts, and now it won’t shut.”
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I’ll leave you with one final quote from the book:
“God’s goodness didn’t just happen because I talked about it. I realized that I had to act.”
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