The Dream That Dared to Become a Man


Romance - General
110 Pages
Reviewed on 12/21/2015
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Author Biography

I write for those who believe that a book’s home is in one’s soul and not one’s mind. I write for those who measure time in smiles, not minutes. I write for those who believe that each one of us is a revolution of good that must first defeat the evil inside us before we start confronting the evil around us. I was born in 1962, I have been married to my wife since I was twenty two, I have five children and I like to read my poems to my conscience before I begin to write them down.

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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

The Dream That Dared to Become a Man by Angelos Michalopoulos is an unusual narrative between a man and his self-confidence. The book starts off with an introduction by the narrator after which Paul and his “self-confidence” start having a direct talk or “conversation.” The conversation is about Paul’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions and in particular the emotions of fear, doubt, and at times negativity that weigh him down. His self-confidence responds in kind and through this dialogue Paul comes into his own as he realizes that it is all really in his own mind and he is the one in control. The conversation is what makes up the content of the book and leads us, as readers, to self-reflect and become more self-aware in the process.

The Dream That Dared to Become a Man by Angelos Michalopoulos is an interesting and quite unique book in the way the narrative is shaped. In fact, this book explores realms of not only self-awareness and confidence, but also areas of philosophy and psychology. I enjoyed those parts which allow us, as readers, to pause and think about our own lives. I also enjoyed the play of shadow and light and the way it is interwoven with the theme of confidence. Angelos Michalopoulos’ writing style is simple and straightforward and makes for a pleasant read. In the end, The Dream That Dared to Become a Man provides a fresh and unique perspective and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject matter told in a unique way.

Vernita Naylor

“On the way to your success don’t expect to get to know yourself, because you will probably end up meeting the person you would never want to become. If you want to do something for yourself, find out who you are before you take the road to success, because the man you will become after you win will not be the same as the one you are now.” This is a beautiful quote taken from The Dream That Dared to Become a Man by Angelos Michalopoulos that offers two sides of the coin about Paul’s self-awareness. Picture being seated across the room from your self-confidence, yes, you heard me, that part of yourself that radiates your emotions. This is what Paul did because he wanted to tap into that part of himself and create a self-talk dialogue to improve his current state of life even if it scared him. If you were sitting across from yourself, what type of conversation would you have? Would you believe that the experience would incorporate a more cohesive understanding of your being or add an element of confusion. This is the key element of this book.

I personally enjoyed reading The Dream That Dared to Become a Man by Angelos Michalopoulos and particularly the nuggets of wisdom that Angelos distributed throughout the book that tap into our subconscious mind. Here’s one: “Can’t you understand that I need my weakness more than I need my strength? Can’t you understand that I am addicted to it much more than anything else in the world? Can’t you understand that my weakness makes me feel much closer to what I am, vulnerable, sensitive, human?” This quote resonated with me because we, as humans, feel more settled when we are in our comfort zone and desire to take fewer risks, even if it causes us to become stagnant in our lives. If you want to join me and read a book that can speak to you and possibly get you into the path of self-improvement, this is the one. Kudos to Angelos Michalopoulos for this transparent approach to creating the dialogue and path to developing an enhanced self-confidence.