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Truth According to Michael



I found this book well described and well thought out. The conflict in the protagonist unfolds with all its complexity over his transition from a life of horror to a more sedentary state where he contemplates truth, reality and what it means for him. Whether or not, he finds fulfilment is an interesting turning point but one that needs to be vetted by other characters in the book as well as the reader.

Five Stars –, By MA on September 24, 2016

A very awesome book cover

Brooklyn, NYC. Michael Nicolau (50, divorced, writer/publisher, BA journalism) had returned after 3 yrs. from Bucharest via Paris back to his hometown.
No money he would have to stay at the YMCA Hostel (Flushing, Queens, NY).
His daily routine eat at McDonald’s use the Wifi to get on Craig’s list & look for employment. Or Starbucks & Barnes & Noble (Union Square).
Joel (Hispanic, counselor) ran the Bowery Mission (homeless shelters). Allan Schapiro is the admission counselor & Keith Johnson is the Director.

Life for the homeless on the NYC streets or within the Bowery Mission was always a constant vicious circle of poverty, drugs/addictions, & crime.
Allan did the initial interview, copied his ID’s & explained the rules to Michael “Mike”.
Pastor Charles Jourdan (Haitian, counselor), was later assigned to Mike.
After awhile Mike (resident) began to open up to Charles about his -, + of his life.
At the Wednesday House Meeting Keith made the announcement that Michael has been promoted to the 5th. floor Captain.
Rick (elderly West Indian, resident, supply staff) & Mike were both in charge of the clothing room.
The NYC PD came to arrest Rick (resident). They had a outstanding warrant out for him.
After 30 days in the Brooklyn County Jail (Atlantic Ave.) Rick was released & back.
Rick had some serious medical (diabetes, cholesterol, heart)/mental (Bipolar I DO) issues. Rick got his own apartment & moved out on his own.
Victor (resident) was AWOL again.
Michael, Jeremiah, & 4 other residents completed/received their certificates of the Bowery Mission Discipleship Program.
Michael (55) had later become a freelance web designer.
He had acknowledge his problems & it was now time for him to fly the coup.
Brooklyn, NY. appealed to him.
Well maybe not.

My foster dad was a Mason (Emporia, KS. Lodge), I was a Demolay.

My fond memories as a mental health & school social worker working with the homeless men’s/woman’s shelter as well as the local battered mens/womans organization.

Alcohol/drug addiction or tobacco usage was kind of a prerequisite.

Transients, vagrants, & hobos were a real challenge.

Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written religious oriented faith life (parallel) book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great religious oriented faith movie, or better yet a mini TV series. 1 of my top 25 book list for 2016. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Istina Group DBA; Author; PDF book

Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

Dianne's 5 star review

I read this book after my husband brought it to my attention. It's an extremely well-written thought provoking story based on real events. I found the book both interesting and entertaining. 5 stars.

By John and Dianne on October 3, 2016

Brilliant novel

Meet Michael, a man with an incredible story about humanity to tell the world. Michael brings readers along with him as he tells a social worker of the day-to-day happenings in his life. For thirty years, he's a homeless man trying to survive within the urban sprawl of New York City, relying on his own resourcefulness and keen observations of the people around him. Within this book, he teaches all of us the most important things that life has to offer but that people often overlook by the end of the day.

I loved this book, especially the descriptions of the usual people Michael encounters every day. It reminded me in some ways of films such as 'Pay It Forward' and 'Pecker'. When I drove from Halifax to Florida over the summer, I went through areas of New York such as The Bronx, and as I passed numerous people, some of them homeless, I wondered what kind of stories they had to tell... and I think that Truth According to Michael captures this atmosphere perfectly. The author's talent for prose, comedy and reflection shines through every page, every word, and it's amazing.

By TwilightZone3942 on October 15, 2016

The door on the cover is closed,
but if you knock, it will always open.

It's a long journey, ​long book, very detailed. The main character will lead you to a homeless shelter with a christian program to help their "students" to get on their feet again. He also tells how he end up there to the wise and jolly Pastor who was his conselour. They don't always have the same point of view about religion, and it's interesting to read their arguments.

The story unfolds in a slow pace, with lots of dialogues, some parts may be repetitive, even boring; others may be enlightening, funny, sensual, or even poetic. It's a quite a big patchwork.

At the last chapters, the rythm changes, becomes feverish. Short dialogues, less detail, it hurries to the end. And the end... well, it doesn't quite feel like an ending. Maybe it's because there will be a sequel. This one is the second of a series wich I didn't read the first (Weekend In Faro), but after the reading you'll know what weekend the title refers to.

So far, I don't really know how to describe Michael or what kind of truth is he preaching. Truth is subjective, anyway. Not sure if he's a visionary or a lunatic, I guess a little bit of both. One thing I'm sure: I'm not sorry for opening that door and I would like the journey to continue... with a little less detail and repetition than the begining, maybe not so fast as the end, if it's not asking too much! (less)

Ana Sofia Pereira





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