I was born with a bent to be in control, but reared were unruly forces were common. The son of missionaries to the Belgian Congo, I spent 10 years of my boyhood in a region that was home to malarial mosquitoes, ravenous driver ants, prowling lions, 30-foot-long pythons, and highly venomous mambas. It was also a land of intertribal warfare, rebel occupations, and anarchic government. Ours, it seemed, was a world abandoned to chaos, filled with danger -- quite difficult for the temperament of one who even today compulsively double-checks his pockets for his car keys and wallet, who goes through a ritual of making certain the house door is locked every time he departs.
So opens Warner
Davis's memoir. Beginning with a rabid dog's attack he survives, a
suspenseful story unfolds of his dealing with fierce uncertainty.
His sense of vulnerability reaches fever pitch when he runs into a
poisinous snake on his way to the bathroom in the dead of night.
Frightening as this close call is and overwhelming as the subsequent
death of his best friend is, his breaking point comes years later when
his mother is losing her battle with cancer. However, it is when he is
engulfed in the darkness of despair that light breaks through.
Warner's trial is a psychological struggle we all can identify with
regardless of where we live. We all know the uneasy feeling that
within our familiar worlds lurk dark forces beyond our control. We all
have experienced disruptions to our safe and ordered lives. Hence, the
answers Warner gets may change you as they changed him.Click here for Peace in a Mad Dog World at Amazon.com