Item description for Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds by Tom Davis...
Overview Stressing the importance of the words of Jesus, which are set apart with a red font in many Bibles, this book encourages Christians and the church to get involved with the down-and-out, including the poor, the ill, and the incarcerated.
""I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me." "Matthew 25:42-43 ESV
In many Bibles, Christ's words are set apart with a red font. It should be obvious, but this distinction helps remind us that when God becomes Man and that Man speaks--it's probably something we cannot afford to miss.
So why doesn't the church take these " red letters" to heart? Why aren't we doing more to be Christ's hands and feet to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weary, the ill, the fatherless, the prisoners? It's all there--in red letters. Why has the Church shirked its responsibilities, leaving the work to be done by governments, rock stars, and celebrities?
The Gospel wasn't only meant to be read--it was meant to be lived. From the HIV crisis in Africa to a single abused and lonely child in Russia, the Church must seize the opportunity to serve with a radical, reckless abandon. Author Tom Davis offers both challenge and encouragement to get involved in an increasingly interconnected, desperate modern world.
Citations And Professional Reviews Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds by Tom Davis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 0781445353 ISBN13 9780781445351
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More About Tom Davis
Tom Davis is an author, consultant, and the president of Children's HopeChest ( www.hopechest.org) a Christian-based child advocacy organization helping orphans in Eastern Europe and Africa. Tom holds a Business and Pastoral Ministry degree from Dallas Baptist University and a master's degree in Theology from The Criswell College.
Reviews - What do customers think about Red Letters?
Not What I Expected... Mar 16, 2010
First, let me say that I don't usually write book reviews, and certainly not many bad ones. But I felt so strongly about the way this book is represented I just had to set the story straight.
The book is well written and informative. The stories are genuinely hearbreaking. However, until you read it, I'll bet you never would have guessed that 95% of this book is about raising the awareness of AIDS and the impact this disease has had on the continent and people of Africa.
The author did an excellent job describing the truth about AIDS. I have no problem with the message itself and truly hope it has a positive impact on fighting this disease and helping those affected by it. My issue lies with the misrepresentation that the focus of this book is on the Red Letter's of Christ. If this were truly the case, then I would be disappointed that the author did not seize the opportunity to exploit the bigger message - about Christ himself and the heart he has for all people in all circumstances who may be considered "the least of these". Unfortunately, this subject is only quietly intermingled with the true nature of the book.
I felt tricked by the content. The author should consider revealing his true message on the back cover of the book so the reader can make an informed decision about whether they want to read it or not.
Discipleship at Large Mar 1, 2010
As a youth leader this book needs to be on hand as a continual reminder of how to live for Christ. In a job where this message is essential to not only our own personal relationships with Christ, but stands as a foundation to our calling to create disciples, Red Letters: Living A Faith That Bleeds succeeds in its attempt to show how the world would be a better place through both compassion and hope. We need to leave behind our fears and comfort and replace apathy and silence with action and care towards those that really need both hope and compassion. When reading Matthew 25:41-45, and taking in the words from Davis, there is a clear understanding that ignorance and apathy can no longer be acceptable answers to our stalling in the mission of God, which is to love God, love our neighbour, and to create disciples. In order to be a successful Christ Follower, or promote Christ's teachings effectively, we need to do one thing correctly: To care for what God cares about.
Excellent read Jan 7, 2010
Don't just read it, DO IT! Same with the Bible, DO IT! Be an active Christian ... Great Book!
Motivating Jun 29, 2009
This is a great book that everyone should read! It will motivate you to do what Jesus would do if he was living here today!!
A Convicting Read Oct 25, 2008
An interesting, very convicting book about the action that the Christian faith demands that often goes unfulfilled. It was a quick read but you will continue to think about the words long after you are finished