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Fields of the Fatherless
by Tom Davis

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"This challenging book is filled with real-life stories of love and mercy and practical suggestions for getting involved."

Pastor/author Tom Davis exhorts us to move beyond mere words and become Christ to those in need . . . to rethink what it really means to be compassionate. Compassion isn’t real compassion until it is put in action, purposely expressed to others or as Davis says it, “Compassion is about involvement.”

Davis doesn’t beat around the bush as he nudges the reader toward caring for those who our God cherishes—orphans and widows. And yet this is more than another book about adoption.

There is an intentional passion in his words, his tone. The underlying message is I cannot expect others to answer the call, thus letting me off-the-hook once again.

This challenging book is filled with real-life stories of love and mercy and practical suggestions for getting involved. It is a must-read for the Christ-follower who because of fear cannot see beyond their front door or the walls of their churches. Davis devotes an entire chapter to this old enemy. Here’s one of his poignant quotes on fear: ”We are afraid of changing what we’ve always done. Our lives have become comfortable and manageable . . .”

As I read Fields of the Fatherless, several sayings from my days as a Salvation Army’s pastor’s kid came to mind. Sayings you may have heard like “Need Has No Season” and my favorite, “Heart to God, Hand to Man.” This book is an in-depth study of the selfless mindset that seeks to meet others needs.

This edition has been updated with a new study and discussion guide.

Fields of the Fatherless will help you rediscover the joy found in becoming Christ to the hurting and the lonely. As Davis states. “We can step out, believing in God’s strength to help us, instead of letting our limitations defeat us.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.