"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 the slave labor of that workload, 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)
Suppose you were taught that if you touched a centipede, (we called it a 1000 legs) all your flesh would fall off your bones! Also, he was convinced that the dead weren't really dead, because his parents imagined that they saw and heard certain ones of their deceased loved ones. What fears!
Aside from the trauma above, there were 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, heat, nor air conditioners. He had no hope in conditions getting any better.
Upon moving to the city, his father put upon him unreasonable restrictions that caused Benny even more stress than he had experienced in the country. Though, his Dad meant no harm, it drove him away to L.A. It was there that inexperience Benny engaged in silly and shameful conduct to himself and his family! Fights, accidents, booze, drugs, jails and the worst of associates were the order of the day! Many couldn't figure out Mr. Davis' behavior. His answer; "It was because I didn't know the truth, among other things!"
In his book, Benny tells exactly what he meant by these words.
See Pg 2