Mirrors of Life

What is Your Life in the Mirror?

Fiction - New Adult
302 Pages
Reviewed on 11/09/2019
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Washington, DC - I wrote my first story in the fifth grade but didn't consider writing a profession when I pondered career choices. But after 33 years of service to at-risk youth, I resigned from my position as Director of Operations to pursue my passion fr writings novel. Mirrors of Life, is my debut.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Mirrors of Life: What is Your Life in the Mirror? by Neal Owens is a riveting young adult story that explores racial themes, family, faith, and what it takes to succeed in a society where one's background already sets one up for failure. Yvonne is a young woman whose only dream is to raise strong and God-fearing children, imbuing them with the right philosophy to make them succeed in life. When one of her sons, Derrick, acquires a fortune, he is determined to create a positive impact on the lives of others. His attempts at building a business that reduces retail and gas prices pits him against powerful men in the business, including the greedy Erich Hornsby. A spiritually centered and God-fearing man, does Derrick have the kind of fight in him to help him win in a vicious and unforgiving business environment?

The story is compelling and the author explores the experiences of black Americans and the place that spirituality has in their lives. The book is laced with spiritual references and thoughts that are insightful and philosophical. I enjoyed the scenes where characters talk about life, often drawing inspiration from the Bible or using philosophy to define a path forward. The reader meets characters who are compelled by necessity, hardship, or poverty to think deeply about life and reality, often with humor. Neal Owens infuses the story with realism and explores the depth of characters. The prose is crisp and there is a lyrical quality to the writing that makes it appealing. Mirrors of Life is gripping, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

Nila Eslit

Mirrors of Life opens with the story of Yvonne, a teenage mother. Despite the challenges of raising her son at such an early age and living in generational welfare, she perseveres through life with the support of her grandmother. Her strong faith in God sustains her.

Yvonne’s challenge does not end with raising only one child. Years after she had her first son, she falls in love again with other men. She eventually bore 3 more kids. Her second son, Derrick, is a wise and intelligent boy. At the age of 10, he starts investing in stocks. He watches his money grow until he becomes a millionaire, and able to pull his family out of poverty. He then ventures into several projects with a larger plan of building a company that would reduce retail and gas prices for the black people. His businesses, however, pit him against the powerful white men.

Neal Owens clearly makes an impact with his debut novel. Mirrors of Life is riveting and spiritually-enriching. It is infused with unconditional love, the importance of family, faith in God, drama, racial themes, and determination. Owens’ writing is straightforward and filled with Scripture verses.

I give Mirrors of Life a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and I recommend it to readers of all ages. You may read more of my review of this book at https://www.nilaeslit.com/mirrors-of-...


Unconditional love of a mother, great love, self love, true love, spiritual, action, drama, romance, sex, money, struggles are the Mirrors of Life. Amazing writer who was able to portray all mirrors of Life. I am
recommending this book to all.


I recommend this book to anyone interested in a story that inspires your thinking process. The author takes you on a journey, using his wonderful characters to tell their stories of life experiences. It's definitely full of action, romance, and takes your heart through a sea of emotions.


Fiction?! Maybe, but, this book provided a lot of thought provoking information. This book is AMAZING! I appreciate many topics author touched on, especially faith and family. Great job! I cannot wait for more from Mr. Owens.

Andrea Paschal Allen

If you're looking for an amazing book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you feel like you are there in real time then I encourage you to purchase Mirror of Life by Neil Owens I cannot give it the Stars it deserves⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ thank you so much Neil Owens looking forward to a sequel

Pamela Rauch

This is a heartfelt story with lots of twists and turns. Not my usual subject matter but I learned a lot about black history and fell in love with the characters. We should all aspire to be like Derrick. Great read!

Roeddel Dioquino

I'm not a big into reading books but there are some that really catch my attention - this is one of them. You are missing out if you don't get Mirrors of Life. #2ThumbsUp!

Marquitta Johnson

Great book by a Great person. Just suggested it as a book club option.