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Boys In The Hoods Nov 21, 2002
I have read the book and have known Johnny Lee for a long time. I was with him in High School. I knew him when he was in the Klan and I know him now. I have personally seen the change in his life. The book correctly describes his life from his childhood to his rise in the Klan, to the top position as the Imperial Wizard. I have seen him recruit people from our High School. I attended the Church that he went to in Bell Gardens and saw him putting Klan literature into the offering plate. I've seen first hand the fights he had gotten into. I've seen the beatings he's gotten from his family. Yes, he was a total racist, and yes I was totally against it, but I loved him, as a Christian should. I was not living my life as I should have (fighting and drugs) but I saw first hand the hatred that he had. Today I live my life totally sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ. The people who wrote these other reviews obviously have not paid any attention to the contents of this book. He has gone back to the places where racism is most prevalent, and has helped bring healing and deliverance to these people. He is in full time ministry now as the book says and travels the world promoting racial reconciliation. He has made restitution with those he has wronged in the past. He sets an example for the children in schools all over the USA and other places in the world that are experiencing troubled home lives. I have seen the harassment that he has gone through, such as death threats and persecution from those who oppose his message, and have never seen him frightened or shy away from confrontation. He does not back down from adversity, but faces it head on and conquers it. After reading this book, and personally witnessing his transformation, I must ask myself if those who criticize him are doing anything to overcome racism in the world, instead of sitting around complaining? I think it is good to note also that he attends a predominantly African American Church and has a Jewish girlfriend, which proves that he practices what he preaches. It is refreshing to read a book where somebody who had gone so wrong and had done so much damage, to change completely turning his life around. He shows the love of Jesus Christ as a Born Again, Saved, Sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, on fire for God Preacher who judges people by the content of their character and not their skin color! I would recommend this book to anybody especially if you have any prejudice, bitterness, or hatred. To those who wrote reviews stating that this is a book about ego and self exaltation, it is an autobiography on his own life and what he has gone through so he had to write about himself. Contrary to what was previously written, Johnny Lee Clary is a humble man only interested in promoting racial reconciliation and the Love of Jesus Christ to all races of people. I publish my name because I want people to know I honestly recommend this book, because I personally know him and am proud of him. To God Be The Glory.
Not even close, definetely no cigar Sep 24, 2001
The reason Ive chosen to give this book one star only, is also because it is poorly written. I can agree that he might be a remarkable man, but let's face it...he's not a remarkable writer. I wanted the book to focus on God and Jesus, but that's just the last chapter. I also get the feeling that Clary has only switched sides, so to speak. Don't get me wrong on this one though, I'm not saying he's the same person that he was when he was in the KKK. It just feels like he's taking everything to its extreme, no matter of the basic values. It's all about being SOMEONE, KKK member, God loving Christian, cult leader, whatever. Just don't be critical. Sorry, I don't buy it.
I expected to read an exciting and most of all, interesting book, but I was very disappointed. It's all about me, myself and I, and he doesn't focus on the important issues at all. The last chapters are about how he finds Jesus, but the rest of it is quite bad. He just wallows in his own misery! So, everyone has had a crappy childhood, so what? I'm not gonna write a book and moan about it! A waste of money (and time if you decide to read it)
Lacks Substance May 20, 2001
I am not surprised that no one has bothered to write a review about this book in the five years it has been published. The conversion of Johnny Lee-Clary is amazing but thats as far as it goes. Clary has been like a ship without a port since he wrote this book. Drifting around the South Pacific but too frightened to go home and face his real calling of Race-Conciliation. If you are after a story of rags to riches, then this book is for you....but if you are after a story with a fairy tale ending of the author carrying on the great commission..then you will be disappointed.