Running Scared: For 22 Years He Was a Fugitive - The Corrupt Cop Busted by God by Robert Leon Davis
|Running Scared: For 22 Years He Was a Fugitive - The Corrupt Cop Busted by God by Robert Leon Davis|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: After twenty two years as a fugitive and living a life of crime Robert Davis found his life turned around after hearing a stranger's prayer.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 192||Date: September 2010|
Robert Davis was the eldest of nine children all living with their grandmother in New Orleans – on welfare. His grandmother was a good, honest woman and Davis loved and respected her, but money was so tight that he resorted to thieving to bring some extra food in for the family. He knew that she would be deeply upset about it, but hunger is hunger. In your heart you can't blame him and it seems that all is coming good when Davis becomes a respected police officer in the mid nineteen-seventies. He's living with a good, decent woman and looks set to have a good career. Great, you think, sometimes life is fair and it works out.
Then it all went wrong. Temptation and a corrupt fellow police officer came his way and he succumbed to get something he didn't even really want. After that it was a slippery slope and before too long the respected cop was under arrest and looking at spending decades in prison – at best. So, he ran. At first his girlfriend stayed with him, but eventually it became too much and she left and Davis took to living in the woods, far from human contact and relying on his survival skills. For more than twenty years he lived wild or inconspicuously in cities, making his living from a life of crime. There were more relationships and more children destined to be brought up without a father.
It was physically and mentally tough, but there was one point on which Davis was adamant. He was vehemently atheist. God had no part in his life. They had no need of each other. That was until the day that he heard a stranger's prayer and realised that he was tired. He was tired of running and tired of the life he was leading – and needed to have God in his life. The fugitive who had no need of God put his fate in God's hands and returned to New Orleans, to the family he had not seen in more than twenty years and to face justice.
Davis is brutally honest about his shortcomings and the wrongs he has done to people, but there's an overwhelming feeling that if he can be forgiven and lead a better life than it's there for everyone. No one is beyond forgiveness. He's now using his faith to put something back into society in areas where he is uniquely qualified and he has messages for young people which he hopes will prevent them from going down the road which he travelled – or help to turn them round if they have already started that journey.
It's an inspirational story, written without artifice and from the heart. If you sense that your life is going the wrong way then this book could well give you the belief and strength which you need to turn it around.
I'd like to thank the author for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
For the way in which another man turned his life around we can recommend The Longest Journey: Nine Keys to Health, Wealth and Happiness by Sandy Donaghy.
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