3 out of 4 stars
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360: A Full Circle is a memoir by Dar Bryant. Transcribed by Annalee Banks, it is the testimony of a wayward boy who becomes addicted to drugs. He gets involved in cooking and selling dope, acquiring fake identities to rob people, and printing fake currency, etc. He moves from one city to another. One day, he is caught and lands in jail. His second wife Mikki leaves him to marry someone else for the sake of their children. When Dar is released on parole, he falls in love with Val and marries her. Unfortunately, he lands in jail once again. It is a story that covers three decades of the author’s life when he is said to be a prisoner of Satan. What I dislike most is that he does not reform his life after being incarcerated the first time.
He remembers his grandmother gifting him a Bible on the day of his baptism when he was nine years old. Somehow, it keeps popping up every time he is in grave trouble, nudging him to change his life. It serves as a reminder that Jesus is always with him. Finally, his life turns 360 degrees, a full circle. This is what I like most about his testimony.
Several years have passed, and Dar is grateful for his new life as a transformed person. He has been serving the Church for more than ten years. He wants to share his experience of God’s love, forgiveness, and redemption through Christ.
This book describes his dark years in detail. It is a combination of various genres: crime, romance, religion, etc. It is like a novel with a plot revealing different characters as they develop. As mentioned in the description, he was one of the “Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Career Criminals.” I expected Dar to share more about his personal experience of a transformation. I was surprised that it was not very eventful compared to other testimonies I have heard.
The author’s conversion has been tested over the years. He has not fallen into addiction again. His behavior pattern has changed for good. I expected him to dedicate more chapters to his transformed life because this book looks more like an entertaining novel. Readers may miss the point, and they may not give enough attention to his conversion. Personally, I think he is going through a healing process, and he has yet to be completely gripped by God. His testimony needs to be more convincing.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is well edited. I found only one typo. I think people would prefer to read it as a thriller or watch a movie based on it. I recommend it for teenagers as well as for adults. People interested in Christianity will like it. It will encourage those who are in prison or addicted to drugs, to change their lives.
360 A Full Circle
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