2 out of 4 stars
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Fortunate Turn of Events by Manny Fulsom is a follow-up to his previous book, Stay Alive. It details his recovery from a near-death experience, his faith journey, life philosophy, and views on several subjects.
The book is short and builds upon the foundation laid by Stay Alive, so reading it as a standalone book is a hollow experience. The beginning of the book is a little too abrupt, and some subjects are not as fleshed out as they should be. For example, the author referenced his accident many times, but I never quite understood what caused it. I think it's best to read the first book before delving into this one. It will provide a much-needed context and a deeper understanding of the author's life and personality.
Manny's openness and the simplicity of his writing style are some of the book's greatest charms. He lays his life bare and has no qualms about discussing unsavory topics. He is candid about his addiction to salacious adult entertainment and some unpleasant details about his mother. But, most of all, I like how open he is about his love and belief in God. Some things he said about his mother made me uncomfortable, but I suppose it's because of my idiosyncrasies. Several aspects of the book would resonate with readers from turbulent backgrounds and those still trying to find their feet in life and faith.
I do wish the author had provided a sort of recap of the previous book to ease the reader into this one, considering how related they are. I found the beginning of the book a little too abrupt, and it took me a while to really get into it and grasp the gist of the author's writing.
Conclusively, I rate the book 2 out of 4 stars. It was a short, simple book that does a good job of describing the author's growth. The quibbles I mentioned and the errors I found informed my rating.
Manny is a Christian, and his writing is rife with talks about God, religion, and his faith journey. I'm a person of faith as well, so I enjoyed the biblical quotes and verses. Still, I understand that some readers might not appreciate that. You might want to pick up another book if such things bother you. The book reads like a memoir; hence, I believe it will appeal to fans of memoirs and Christian stories.
Fortunate Turn of Events
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