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Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living

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Real joy is not always found in obvious places. Instead it hides in corners, waiting to be discovered when we sacrifice our desires for God's desires.
ebook, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by David C Cook (first published August 1st 2002)
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Rachel N
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who desire to demonstrate compassion to others
If "pure and faultless religion is to care for orphans and widows in their distress," how many of us are REALLY walking in a pure and faultless religion? This short (but profound) book will challenge you to put feet to your faith & action to your beliefs. Fields of the Fatherless is about giving ourselves to sacrificial, compassionate living. It's about turning our focus outward, even to our own hurt. It's about not being afraid to "get involved." Adoption is definitely a part of this respon ...more
This book was good, i liked it. I wanted to like it more than I did, but I don't think I'm the intended audience.

This book is written for Americans who desire to be introduced to what God says in the Bible about caring for orphans, widows, and immigrants.

The information presented is simple and straight-ahead. A good deal of Scripture is covered. Though I didn't always agree with some points of the author's exegesis, I do agree with his overall arguement that care of the needy is central to Bib
Molly Hilbert
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read, but full of so many truths about God and His heart for the needy. His heart is seen throughout both the Old and New Testaments and Davis does a good job of using these Scriptures as a basis for his message: God cares for the least of these and we are required to, as well. I love Davis' honest, but compassionate way of writing truth. The stories he shares are both his own and those of whom he has met along the way. I recommend this book to all believers as a genuine challen ...more
Nov 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm going to be honest. After reading What Difference Do It Make? this book didn't quite measure up. I think Tom Davis is awesome. He is a humanitarian, he does wonderful things, and he is someone I really look up to. But his writing just wasn't as engaging.

That's not to say that Fields of the Fatherless wasn't good. It's only to say that maybe I shouldn't have read it right after the other one. This is another book that is a wake up call for Christians. The Bible says to care for orphans, widow
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
It was a good, quick read. There were many points (as in scriptures) I have known, yet it was interesting to hear Davis' personal story. My favorite parts were the "Notes from the Field" segments. I wish that those parts were longer and that there were more of them.

Overall, good read, especially for those who want to help out the 'least of these' in their local community and worldwide. The scripture is true, we will always have these 3 among us: the widow, the orphan and the stranger. Coming fr
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
I very clearly agree with Tom Davis in this book, but the organization, style, and depth of insight leave something to be desired. There are much better discussions of Biblical justice and mercy in other sources, such as Richard Foster's "Freedom of Simplicity" or Tim Keller's "Generous Justice." Although, comparing Davis to either Foster or Keller is akin to comparing me to Mother Teresa- not really fair. I think Davis' very personal experiences make this book teeter over the edge of emotionali ...more
Lynette Karg
A quick read, due in part to the fact that there is not a lot of depth in this treatment of an important, oft overlooked subject. He draws our attention to important Scriptures, but unfortunately, he is sloppy with his exegesis of them, undermining, rather than supporting his case. The title verse is the most obvious example; he connects it to the portions of each Israelites' field that were left unharvested for the poor, but the context and plain reading would suggest a field owned by an orphan ...more
Lance Towers
I love the stories shared in this book by Tom Davis. "There is a valuable blessing in store for those who care for the fatherless," Davis claims. The eight stories from various contributors in chapter eight plainly underscore this truth.
Jeff Learned
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, foster-adoption
I read this at a time when I needed to be reminded why I do what I do. The book is a simple, quick read. It touches on the essential points of the issue while engaging the reader with some great stories along the way.
Allen Steele
Realistic book on what moves God- the orphan & the widow. Some of the verses that were quoted were excerpts from longer passages. Context was missed on some, but overall a good book on practical ways to get involved with ministry & how to spot need in our Churches.
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FROM PUBLISHER: C. Thomas Davis is an international missions consultant and serves as the President of Children's HopeChest, a missions organization bringing God's hope to orphans around the world. He served as a pastor for ten years and has an M.A. in Theology from the Criswell College. Tom is also a professional speaking consultant, training speakers in presentation and communication skills. His ...more
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