Tom Davis: Priceless: A Novel on the Edge of the World
Coming June 2010
I uploaded a few more photos in a new photo album you can view on the right or just Click Here. Hope your having an incredible week! Today, we're off on a family horseback ride. Should be interesting...
Fall…my favorite time of the year. A stranger comes to town.
Ousting the heat of summer and brandishing a crisp, sharp, cool breeze that rustles
the golden, auburn, leaves in swirls through the streets. Ah, there’s nothing
like it! There’s change in the air and
it brings a sense of excitement.
There are few better places to spend a vacation than the
mountain towns of
. We happen to be in Breckinridge enjoying this fall season. I wish you could see it! The mountains look like they are ablaze with golden fire sweeping through the evergreen hillsides. A rare beauty that rejuvenates your soul. I’ve done my best to capture some of the day so you can experience this with me (click the picture to enlarge) . I hope it plays a small part in helping you to slow down in the midst of a busy week and enjoy the change this season brings.
So, I'm sipping a cuppa of some Saints Coffee. My favorite blend, St. George the Dragon Slayer and musing a bit on life. My 37th birthday is tomorrow, which is also Yom Kippur (a Jewish holiday were the focus is mercy) and to celebrate we're going on vacation for a week up in the mountains. I'm really looking forward to the R & R. My travel schedule has been brutal lately and will be so in October. I will post from the local Starbucks in Breckenridge when I can, and my posts will take on a reflective nature. Hope that's okay.
On one note, as I'm doing all of these TV and radio interviews for the release of Red Letters, many of them aren't sure they want to do the interview because the topic isn't "Happy Enough" for their listeners. Are you kidding me? Have we come to the place in our faith where we don't want to hear about anything that isn't happy and isn't going to make us feel better? This kind of attitude is why there are over 143 million orphans in the world and millions of people dying everyday from preventable, treatable diseases! That's very much the spirit of the Priest and the Levite in the Parable of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10 - walk on the other side of the road from your neighbor who is dying and pretend like nothing is going on. Makes me righteously indignant, feel like I want to turn some tables over! I'm going to go ahead and choose to follow the teachings of my Savior. Teachings that tell my life isn't about me, it is better to give than receive, His plan is more important than my plan, and that true love for God is showing my neighbor MERCY. My neighbor who is poor, homeless, African, orphaned - whoever God brings across my path that is in NEED.
Thanks to the many friends who get this message, the core of the heart of Jesus for His world. Here are some more reviews of Red Letters - I'm thankful to the authors who took the time to write them and are getting the message out!Check out their blogs, they rock. Shauna Rumbling, Makeesha Fisher, and Deb Gangemi. Thank you ladies, what would I do without you?
For all of you who have a heart for the widow, the poor, those suffering from AIDS, missions, compassion, or who just want to live a radical life of faith, I've got just the thing for you! Subscribe to a free online magazine called, Wrecked for the Ordinary. They have great articles under the headings of Poverty, Adventure, Simplicity, Culture Community and Arts. I know it will encourage you in your walk to pursue the things that are really on God's heart.
They've also just posted a very fine review of Red Letters you can read here. Update: Red Letters is a featured title this month in all Berean Bookstores and on the front tables of all Family Christian Bookstores in November and December. Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, and other ABA bookstores also have the book in stock.
We had an incredible time down in Virginia with our new friends at The Awakening Festival. My two boys, Hayden and Gideon, had back stage passes so they were busy making friends with Toby Mac and The Beautiful Republic. A shout out of thanks to Ben, the lead singer, for taking them under his wing! Hundreds of people signed up for 5 for 50, joining the fight to make poverty history in our lifetime.
Today, I'm heading to Virginia to be with 12,000 people and speak at The Awakening Festival outside of Washington DC. Artists performing are: Toby Mac, Barlow Girl, DecemberRadio, NeedtoBreathe, This Beautiful Republic, Mainstay, and Ashes Remain. This is exciting because our vision is to empower an entire generation to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. 25,000 children dying everyday because they don't have enough to eat, 3 million people dying of malaria - life and death for them is the difference of a $5 pill, a hazelnut latte for us - 6,500 Africans dying everyday from preventable, treatable diseases. This is ridiculous and we can do something about it. That's what 5 for 50 is about, and it's the message of Red Letters. If we're serious, together, we can save thousands of lives. Sign up now and get involved. You'll receive a 5 for 50 red armband to remind you to Pray, Fast, Give, Help, and Join the movement!
I'm really starting to love Canadians. Seriously, some of my newest and coolest friends reside there. This stellar review from Erin Wilson, AKA Biscotti Brain, is worth your time to read. Erin, many thanks.
I will never play the game Chicken with Tom Davis. I would lose, guaranteed.
Tom Davis, author of Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds has the ability, through his writing, to stare you directly in the eye and speak truth that takes your breath away. He begins Red Letters with an apology on behalf of the Christian church, to the 25 million people currently infected with HIV/AIDS. He apologizes for our unwillingness to respond to the Bible's 'red letters'... those words set apart in some Bibles as Christ's own. And Davis clearly outlines his take on Gospel: "The only Gospel worth living is the one that incarnates love. The only Gosepl worth giving our lives for is the one that elevates the needs of others above our own. That's what the "good news" is all about."
Davis weaves biblical passages with his own experiences working with orphans in places like Russia and Swaziland. He names the fears that keep us immobile. He provides statistics that stun. He looks at the sanctity of life and call to justice. He names the immense needs faced by so many of our children living around the world.
But in the most amazing way, Davis does not try to shame us into action. Rather, he informs, inspires and then provides a host of resources to help us follow through with the call Christ has placed into each of our hearts. Somehow he maintains hope for the orphans... and hope for us.
Once again, my green highlighter got a work out. While this is not a technically difficult book to read, it was very challenging. Davis takes away any excuse to be inactive because of ignorance. There were many passages I could have chosen to share, but I felt like they were really speaking to my own failings (you've got to appreciate a book that feels like it was written just for you). But I will add here a quote from Mother Theresa that is used in a chapter called A Call to Justice:
"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed."
The proceeds from the sale of these books goes back in to feeding orphans. In fact, do you remember me mentioning "5 for 50"? Same folks. And the profits from each book will feed a child for a month. Seriously.
This aired when I was in Africa this summer - includes the story behind the Vanity Fair ads. We should all be this passionate about something! We can be the generation that ends extreme poverty.
When you purchase a copy of Red Letters, you are actually feeding an orphan for an entire month! This is possible because profits from the book are helping the AIDS orphans of Africa. Also, don't forget to sign up at 5for50.com and commit to pray and give to help children around the world. We just receive 5for50 red bracelets we will send you when you become a part of the movement.
How am I doing? Tired! I spoke at all three services at K2 the Church in Salt Lake City, UT. Click on the link to view the video. Tomorrow, I'm headed to Ohio to speak at the Berean Bookstores Managers Conference and Saturday, I'm speaking at The Awakening Fest in Virginia.
It's 49 degrees in Colorado this morning and I'm loving the smell of Fall in the air! Keep praying for the 143 million orphans in the world who are waiting for Christians to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them. Your 5for50 arm band will be a great reminder to pray 5 minutes a day.