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Latest Review: The Transformation of a Lost Soul (second edition) by Forrest J. Beverly Sr.

Official Review: The Transformation of a Lost Soul (secon...

Post by LV2R » 10 Feb 2019, 06:31

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Transformation of a Lost Soul (second edition)" by Forrest J. Beverly Sr..]
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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.

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 12 Feb 2019, 03:08

Transformation means change, and I like to read about true stories of people changing.
Me too!

Sounds like Forest’s life and personal journey is interesting indeed. I’m interested in how he was able to take the good lessons and overcome the bad. Thanks for your thoughtful review.
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Post by SamSim » 12 Feb 2019, 08:48

"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'm eager to find out what changed his mind. I love stories like this one. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Feb 2019, 09:19

I'm glad this one is written in an interesting way; books like these can often be boring. I'm also interested in the fact that the author shared the positive and negative influences. Still, this genre isn't appealing to me at this time. Nice review, though.
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Post by kdstrack » 12 Feb 2019, 09:35

This book really intrigues me. I would like to discover what changed his mind about God being angry at him. I appreciate your high praise for the author's compelling writing style. Thanks for this excellent review.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 12 Feb 2019, 14:11

Most of the people who grew up in abusive families turn to mirror what they encountered with. However, I like the fact that instead of being just like his father, Forrest chose to be a better man. Enjoyable review!

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Post by Jessacardinal » 12 Feb 2019, 21:05

I wish more people would learn early on not to judge people by the color of their skin.
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Post by PGreen » 14 Feb 2019, 13:38

I love autobiographies and memoirs where I can step into another person's shoes and experience life from their perspective, but it is important that the person be easy to relate to by some common element. It sounds like the author achieved this and I'm eager to read to find out just how he was transformed. It also sounds like a painful read, given his family circumstances and experiencing blatant discrimination. Thanks for the thorough review!

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Post by Amanda Deck » 14 Feb 2019, 18:18

What I think I'll like most about this is finding out just HOW he managed to overcome abuse in childhood. I've known too many people who had to deal with that and would love to see what helped Forrest be able to change the mindset that often brings about.

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Post by InStoree » 15 Feb 2019, 10:28

It's interesting how people find God, most of the time, in hard times, through suffering. And Forrest had enough of those. I do wonder if he is one of those who discovers spirituality in a moment of extreme happiness moment. Thanks for your nice review!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » Today, 04:20

I'm not interested in biblical or books about God, but a person who has a transformation in life is worth looking at. Thank you for your valuable critiques!
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