If there was any one man who can articulate the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His autobiography is now an established classic of modern America, a book that expresses like none other the crucial truth about the era. Malcolm is an influential figure to this day, portrayed by some as a ‘racist’ or ‘extremist’, it takes only one read to understand he was far from it. In fact his thought was way beyond his time. He was an incredible figure because of his stern, compassionate and knowledgeable character. The autobiography takes the reader step by step through the stages of his life. The family background, his ‘red’ days, prison, the nation of Islam and finally to his final destination of Islam. Now it’s true when I say this- they don’t make them like they used to.  Highly recommended read and in my top three. 5/5

The Five people you meet in heaven

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park, landing this job when he was a youth. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer. 

While in heaven, five people explain your life to you. These five people were the most influential people to him. Some were either family or friends others complete strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their relationship to him on earth. Answering the mysteries of his meaningless life, and revealing the secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?” The spiritual themes of the book relate to anyone who has thought, “What am I doing here?” and “what is life?”

The book is best read and understood when in want of some spiritual change.  A deeper understanding is understood. However, the book can prolong scenes and dialogue making it harder to decipher the deeper meaning. All in all a must read and one which will you have you hugging it by the end. 3.5/5

The Autobiography of Malcolm X By Mariam Hussein

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