Book is a coming of age & maturity story. Johnnie Dent is the son of father who was a former athiest police detective and single mother who battled alcoholism. The book chronicles 3 decades from age 3 to early 30's.
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The period known as the 60's sparked several revolutions in America. It was the era of religious expression, communes, protests, long hair and sexual free will. But when the external liberties that the 60's introduced began to diminish, the 70's would begin a time period of pseudo-celebration for the freedoms that were "obtained." While America celebrated, the youth of the next generation were left home alone to face their own struggles. Johnnie Dent takes us on an astonishing personal journey while sharing with us three decades of his own life. He allows us to reexamine the social dilemmas of domestic violence, single parenting, teenage pregnancy, youth violence, drug trafficking, police brutality, the penal system and even religious intolerance.
He provides us with a refreshing retrospective and introspective of what real life in America is like to be poor, ignorant, black and male. However, while he illustrates for us these startling facts that we seemingly overlook in everyday life, he also demonstrates that any person can transform the negative patterns of their lifestyles by beginning a new walk layered with faith.
"I had no idea when I was getting out of prison. I remembered the judge began counting at five years and stopped at twenty-five. It was the "deal" that I had been offered in exchange fot the prosecution dropping one count of felonius assault on a peace officer. Physically, there was no way that I could have done what they said I did. I knew that I didn't deserve prison. Prison was the survival of the fittest; the battle between the weak and the strong. Wheteher I was physically able to or not hough, my new surroundinds persuade me to get stronger... quickly.