Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wake Up Call - Glenn Lim

This is a most inspirational book that Yi Xuan lent me. And I devoured it all in one day. Read it on my way to driving school and back home.

It's a mini autobiography of Glenn Lim, once a drug abuser and rebel, then reformed by Teen Challenge, a group led by Sam Kuna who focuses on the marginalized in society. He talks about himself, his childhood, the angry teenage years, and the wild, rockin', drug-filled young adult years before it all came crashing down on him. Wake Up Call tells us how Glenn got a rude awakening from the law. The possibility of a lifetime in prison was the turning point of his life.

Someone once mentioned how people, especially those talented ones, are prideful, and rely on themselves, denying God the rightful place in their life, until it is too late. But it's never too late. Glenn Lim realized that and is here today, telling us his story.

It is written in first person, in a simple but emphatic style. Most people would take to it, and with its clear font and spacing, it is easy on the eyes. The pace is kept up with all the action in the life of Glenn Lim, from a teenage rebel, a rocker upstart then a humbled prisoner.

It ain't perfect, there are some repetitions here and there, when he talks about his family relationships. However, these faults make the book endearing and real. Unlike a highly polished biography, this book keeps it raw and real. The pace is fast, and you'd keep wanting to move on to the next chapter of his life. This book is a real page turner and an avid reader would probably finish it in a day.

Very touching too, pages 82 to 88. Brought tears to my eyes as I was reading it.

All in all, I'd recommend everyone to read it. Not often you get a local author who openly talks about how hard teenage life is, and shows us his scars, his faults, but also how he has overcome them with the help from many people.

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