"If I Had Only Known the
A Journey of True Transformation
This shy, gentle and obedient boy, experienced many frightening and painful years while growing up on a cotton plantation in La. Such families were known as “sharecroppers.” Aside from that slave labor of 12 yrs, Benny was taught horrible superstitious stories by older adults with little education. Imagine, if you were led to believe that the color of your skin, was due to a curse that the Creator put upon your race! (Gen 9:24-25)
Suppose you were taught that if you touched a centipede, all your flesh would fall off your bones! Also, they were convinced that the dead weren't really dead, because his parents swore that they saw and heard certain ones of their deceased relatives. They were known as 'ghosts.' What fears!
Aside from these traumas, there were other sufferings, ridicule and pain, resulting from the backbreaking work in the segregated south of the 40s and 50s. Mr Davis tells in detail what it was like growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, nor central heat or air. They had no hope in conditions getting any better.
Upon moving to the city at 12, his father put upon them unreasonable restrictions that caused Benny and 12 siblings even more stress than they had experienced in the country. Though their Dad meant no harm, it drove Benny far off to L.A. It was there that this naive "boy," engaged in notorious conduct that was a constant threat to himself and others! Fights, auto-accidents, booze, drugs, jails, along with the worst of associates, were the order of the day! Many couldn't figure out Mr. Davis' behavior while in his 20s. He simply states; It was because "I didn't know the truth!"
In his book, Benny enlarges upon what he meant by these words. by Jenetha - Chasity