Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite
In an intriguing and unique new book, Awareness: The Hero Within, author Yeral E. Ogando delves into many of the questions and thoughts that Christians may have pondered over the course of time. What powers do those who are Christians possess? How can they use the gifts they are given to bring the gift of God closer to themselves and to show those gifts to others? Well, in Awareness: The Hero Within, those very questions are asked of our protagonist, and the answers received will help to strengthen readers’ resolve, enlighten them, and give them hope for their own lives, all at the same time.
I very much enjoyed Awareness: The Hero Within. Author Yeral E. Ogando has done a great job in creating characters that his readers will relate to, connect with, and will come to care about, continuing to think of them long after the final pages have been read. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. Any reader with a strong Christian faith, any who are curious about Christianity, or those looking for an interesting story with a great deal of action and adventure should definitely give Awareness: The Hero Within a chance. I am pleased to recommend this book, and I certainly hope that author Yeral E. Ogando continues his writing in this genre. If his next book is anything like this one, it will certainly be worth a read.
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Awareness: The Hero Within by Yeral E. Ogando is the story of finding yourself and inadvertently finding God. The goodness inside us never dies, we just choose to ignore it. We let worldly goods and stature distract us from what is important. Although this novel is a “self-help” book, it is performing a dual function of being a self-help book while keeping you entertained with a plot and story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story follows a man’s journey to find himself, his faith, his courage, his belief, and God when times are hard.Anthony, the protagonist, encounters God and his real journey begins. His path is very difficult, especially because he has the power to make changes. With demons (figurative and literal) stopping him, only his belief and faith in God can help him achieve his goals. Times are hard and his enemies are getting stronger every single day. If he loses faith in God, he will lose much more than just his life. But can he keep faith when the enemy surrounds him with no way out?This is Christian fiction at its best. You will not find any other novel that has this level of beautiful and sometimes horrifying imagery. Ogando wrote some pretty terrific descriptions, especially of demons. I literally had goose bumps. I found Anthony the perfect protagonist. He was strong, vigilant and very, very human. He was brave, but he was not afraid of being scared. I liked that in him and I loved this novel.
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