Strong Boy, Weak Man

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Strong Boy, Weak Man by Earl Robert Key tells the enduring narrative of Michael DeAngelo Nicholas, who persists against numerous obstacles and the disheartening doubts of cynics. Only through his commitment to put one foot in front of the other does Mike hope to find peace, success, and his place in this world. From a young age, far too many see a lazy, insignificant individual incapable of achieving anything in this world when they look at Mike. Mike repeatedly pushes past these perceptions and focuses on the sporadic affirming actions of those passing through his life to attain small strides in his ever-persistent efforts to improve. The stranger who encourages him to stay in school and the friend who chooses not to judge him for his blunders: these individuals leave a lasting impact on Mike. Their kind words and inspiration repeatedly support Mike through his highs and lows. When he sets his mind to building a practice football field, “this little black kid, down in the heart of Mississippi was given only a fifty-cent piece for doing a thirty-dollar job. His prayers and self-determination pulled him through yet one more struggle.” Earl Robert Key develops a character and personality that resonates with readers. From a difficult teacher in school to relationship issues, many readers will strongly identify with the pitfalls that Key’s main character encounters. Key juxtaposes Mike’s character with his father Ernest Nicholas, a wayward man whose repeated harmful decisions bring nothing but frustration and misery to his family. Due to his destructive decisions, “Mr. Nicholas’s family was literally falling apart, along with his home and good family name.” No one is perfect, but those that cease to try will never make progress. Mike’s story is a testament to the chances and promises that manifest through persistence, determination, and sheer stubbornness. Mike makes many mistakes along the way, but despite setbacks he never completely concedes. Strong Boy, Weak Man reminds readers that a positive outcome is only one constructive decision away. Anyone can turn their life around and make a dramatic change. At various points in his life, Mike makes a productive resolution and finds himself at “a real turning point in his life. Just as if overnight, he gave up all the negative things and resorted to the more positive ones.” Mike embodies every reader’s steadfast ability and opportunity to improve their life. Readers facing obstacles in life will appreciate the vision and reassurance of Key’s work. Strong Boy, Weak Man will leave every reader anxious to dive into Key’s next great work.

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Author Earl Robert Key
Star Count 4/5
Format eBook
Page Count 338 pages
Publisher ReadersMagnet LLC
Publish Date 24-Jul-2019
ISBN 9781950947102
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Issue October 2019
Category Spirituality & Inspiration


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