4 out of 4 stars
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The Transformation of a Lost Soul: My Spiritual Journey (second edition) by Forrest J. Beverly, Sr. got my attention because of the title. Transformation means change, and I like to read about true stories of people changing.
Forrest shared about his life in an orderly and intentional way. He grew up in a small town of Texas with his parents and three siblings in the ‘40s. His father was an alcoholic and very abusive to Forrest and his older brother. However, his mother, who had a lot of common sense, had a positive influence on him. Forrest described his interest and involvement in playing music, attending college, working as an undercover cop with the DEA in Miami, and other experiences in his autobiography.
Forrest not only shared about his father’s abuses, life’s tragedies, and encounters with racism but also he recounted the many people who had a good influence upon his life. He learned early in life that not all white people were bad and not to judge people by the color of their skin. He was disgusted with church people who acted evil and who were non-caring. For most of his life, he felt that God abandoned him and thought he had to depend only on himself. He was quite angry with God, not understanding how God worked in people’s lives. Read the book to find out what changed Forrest’s mind about God. You will be inspired as you read his honest and open accounts of his life and experiences.
I best liked that the author wrote in a very interesting, engaging, and story-telling way. His life was truly interesting! Though he is not a famous person, he has met several famous people. I learned a bit of history, facts, and tidbits of many different topics. The way he wrote made me like him, and it seemed like I could actually know his character and personality.
I least liked the parts about his father’s abusive, selfish, and unbelievable actions toward his family. However, Forrest was able to learn a good work ethic from his father and made decisions to be a better man than what he saw and experienced from him.
Though there were several errors in the PDF, they did not distract me from enjoying the story. It read smoothly and was easy to read and understand. The inclusion of so many people in his story made it more interesting as well as the lessons that he has learned from difficult and good times. Therefore, I rate The Transformation of a Lost Soul 4 out of 4 stars. This book would appeal most to people who enjoy reading autobiographies that have a purpose in sharing life (though sometimes really difficult) lessons. Though the author’s story is not a religious one, it is a heartfelt and down-to-earth story that gets to the matter of true faith.
The Transformation of a Lost Soul (second edition)
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