FINALLY I HAD ENOUGH! My life seemed doomed because of my abusive father, my exposure to sexuality at a young age, my failed marriage to an older woman, and my secret intimate encounters with a church leader who did not respect me. As a result, I became a loner, I was depressed and suicidal thoughts stampeded my mind. But through it all, I've learned to love and forgive myself---I'm at peace.
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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite "The Dark Is in the Light" is the life story of Maurice Mayberry. He grows up in an abusive household with a drug addict for a father who continually abuses him verbally and physically. Together with his sister Janet, he has to watch helplessly as his good for nothing father does the same to their mother. As a teenager, he dreams of escaping from his family and does so when he is eighteen years old. At about the same time, his maternal uncle abuses him and he starts exploring his sexuality. He later married an older woman and begins a series of intimate encounters with church leaders. Feeling unloved and suffering from a low self esteem, he becomes a loner. Depressed and suicidal, he struggles to find peace and happiness. In writing his memoirs, Maurice Mayberry puts on paper a life story that can be shocking to many people. Unloved as a child and then abused as a teenager, his life reflects the ills that are present in our society today and this is what makes the book interesting. The author openly admits to being gay and with brutal honesty, he exposes a world that is filled with hypocrisy and double standard. In marrying a woman, he tries to conform to society but ends up in misery. In being true to himself, he gets ridiculed and is cheated by gay pastors. I am frankly shocked that these men of God are behaving the way that they do. "The Dark Is in the Light" is a compelling story but I am uncomfortable with the author's writing style. I believe that all those LOL words and side comments in parentheses should not be included in a novel where the main protagonist ends up contemplating suicide. In the end, it is clear that Mayberry's intention in telling his memoirs is to find peace not only for himself but also for others who are in a similar situation in life.