"Scared" by Tom Davis

As a writer, striving to grow in my craft, it’s rare that I’m able to read a novel without analyzing what works. Or what doesn’t work.

But once I started reading Scared by Tom Davis, I became totally lost in the story and lives of the characters.

Almost just as elusive, is finding a book that challenges me to look at people, situations, and my own life differently.

Scared is such a book.

Based on real situations and real people, the author weaves a powerful story about poverty, the AIDS crisis, and the need for assistance in Africa. It’s gripping – emotional – touching – sweet – beautiful - and heart wrenching.

I highly recommend reading this novel. Just don’t read it in a crowd of people—or without a box of tissues handy.

Book Blurb

Stuart Daniels has hit bottom. Once a celebrated and award-winning photojournalist, he is now reeling from debt, a broken marriage, and a crippling depression. The source of Stuart’s grief is his most famous photo: a snapshot of brutality in the dangerous Congo. A haunting image that indicts him as a passive witness to gross injustice.

Stuart is given one last chance to redeem his career: a make-or-break assignment covering the AIDS crisis in a small African country. It is here that Stuart meets Adanna, a young orphan fighting for survival in a community ravaged by tragedy and disease. But in the f ace of overwhelming odds, Adanna finds hope in a special dream, where she is visited by an illuminated man and given a precious gift.

Now, in a dark place that’s a world away from home, Stuart will once again confront the harsh reality of a suffering people in a forgotten land. And as a chance encounter becomes divine providence, two very different people will find their lives forever changed.

To find out more about Tom and Scared, please visit http://www.scaredthebook.com/

Tom Davis is the accomplished author of Red Letters and Fields of the Fatherless. He holds a business and pastoral ministry degree from Dallas Baptist University and a master’s degree in theology from the Criswell College. He is the president and CEO of Children’s HopeChest (http://www.hopechest.org/), a Christian-based child-advocacy organization helping orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. Tom and his wife, Emily, have seven children, including two adopted from Russia.

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