A moving story of tenacity and redemption, this first book of a planned trilogy shows that through persistence, courage, and faith anything can be accomplished. It details Roland Kemokai's journey from a dump-pile baby to the inspirational guide he is today.
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When you think life is tough and you don’t have enough money, or your family is more annoying than supportive and your job is making you crazy, pick up this book! It sure will put your challenges into perspective, make you reflect on what’s important in life and open your heart to what many in the world community have to do to merely survive every day. What Roland Kemokai, the author, went through as a child e.g. having to forage and beg for food, find somewhere safe to sleep, protect himself from sibling abuse, find tuition so he could attend school and avoid being killed by rebel soldiers is heart-rending and inspiring all at the same time. The desperate need to grow up fast and be resourceful to stay alive was around every corner for Roland as he grew up and, not only did he survive, but he managed to excel at his studies, serve his community, become a leader at his church and amazingly found a way to procure passage to the U.S. so he could attend college. Many adults put in these horrendous situations would have perished---and did. Roland not only successfully navigated the dangerous waters of his youth, but forced himself to be introspective to find super-human strength and support from within, as well as forgiveness for those who oppressed him in so many ways, so he could become an adult who is not burdened by the bitterness, hate, victim mentality and desire for revenge that most war survivors would continue to carry. Roland is living proof that miracles do happen and forgiveness is truly liberating!
This memoir is highly engaging and memorable. The story certainly has its dire, depressing moments, however, Kemokai does an excellent job of weaving in positive and even down-right funny anecdotes. Without these moments it would be a very tough read, emotionally, but these moments of levity really help the reader relate to Roland no matter what kind of upbringing you experienced. For example, while living on the streets he still manages to have fun and takes great joy in pick-up soccer games, chasing girls, and excelling in school. Kemokai shares how his faith and love of learning propelled him through his struggles without getting preachy. Overall it's a great, inspiring story with a very entertaining narrator who deftly combines the nitty-gritty details of his tough life with the everyday complications of growing up.