Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Be-Longing: Triumph in the Mirror by Julius Dion Bailey is a powerful memoir that takes readers to places they have been. It is heartwarming and laced with messages of hope and inspiration, a story of a young boy’s quest for love and a sense of belonging. This is a memoir that explores the depths of a man’s vulnerability, his crippling fears, his demons, and his brokenness. Julius Bailey takes readers on a journey through the experiences that have left him broken, including rejection, failed relationships, and the fear of failure. Readers get to feel his pain, which will remind most of them of their own struggles to embrace who they are, but then things change for the protagonist when he finally gets to face himself. This is a story of hope and encouragement, a story that tells readers that they can find the path to themselves and embrace who they are.
I was hooked by Julius Dion Bailey’s writing from the very beginning and I loved the insightful and thought-provoking passages. In telling his story, the author helps the reader to see themselves and their fears even better. Just listen to the first lines of this compelling memoir and you’ll remember those moments of paralysis you might have had, unable to do anything because of fear: “I want to do it, but I am so afraid. I know how to do it, but fear won’t let me. And, when I feel the fear, I feel stupid, so, to avoid that, I just stop trying.” The writing is fluid and emotionally charged and readers will love to follow the psychological growth of the protagonist and his journey towards freedom. Be-Longing: Triumph in the Mirror provokes keen reflection in readers and shows them what it takes to find real inner freedom. It is gripping, masterfully written, and inspiring.