Peace in a Mad Dog World: Finding Security When My Need for Control Had Failed Me

Author: Warner Francis Davis

ISBN 978-1-60264-571-4 (softcover)

ISBN 978-1-62137-064-2 (eBook)

170 pages


Warner Davis spends 10 years of his boyhood in a region that is home to malarial mosquitoes, ravenous driver ants, prowling lions, 30-foot-long pythons, and highly venomous mambas. It is also a land of intertribal warfare, rebel occupations, and anarchic government. His father's call to serve as a missionary in the Belgian Congo and his mother's eventual acceptance of that summons land them, his sister and him in tow, in this world seemingly abandoned to unleashed chaos. 

Beginning with a rabid dog's attack he survives, a suspenseful story unfolds of Warner's dealing with a fierce uncertainty.

His sense of vulnerability reaches fever pitch when he runs into a poisonous snake on his way to the bathroom in the dead of the 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. Engulfed in the darkness of despair, light breaks through when Warner, drawing inspiration from the courageous role models in his life, reaches a conscious decision to embrace their faith as his own.



Warner Davis was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He grew up in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), the son of Methodist missionaries. 

His boyhood, while interspersed with furloughs to the U.S., was mostly spent in Africa. He counts himself fortunate for the vocational choice his parents made, the hardships of that life notwithstanding. Growing up in an environment where adults lived their lives in response to a calling, there stirred within him the beginning of an awareness that would eventually lead him to commit himself to the meaningful work of the pastorate.

An extensive education stands him in good stead. Graduating from Asbury College with a Bachelor of Arts, he progressed to a Masters of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. Then years later, he earned a Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary.

He has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and New York. The great blessing of New York was his marriage to Tingting Yan.

Today, he and Tingting live in Collierville, Tennessee where he pastors Collierville Presbyterian Church. Their daughter, Meggie, whom they are exceedingly proud of, resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Category: Biography, Memoirs

Type: books

Vendor: Warner Francis Davis

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