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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Dar Bryant's 360: A Full Circle starts with the author’s first day of eighth grade, a period that turns out to be nine months of teasing, harassment, taunting, bullying, and torment that makes him hate school. This memoir tells his story of how he becomes involved in criminal activities in the ‘80s and ’90s—drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, counterfeiting, fraud, racketeering, and more—and how his name got onto Arizona’s Top Ten Most Wanted list; he was a major target for the DEA and wanted for several crimes, including murder. This is the story of a man who hit rock-bottom in crime, overdosed several times, and had many near-death experiences. But it is also a story of his conversion, of his encounter with Jesus, and how the encounter set him on the path not only of redemption but of service.
Dar Bryant's 360: A Full Circle is the spiritual odyssey of a Christian boy who turned bad and his journey back home to where his life began and to Christ. It is beautifully written, in prose that is gorgeous. The author features interesting characters in the story, like Mikki, and how she fits into Dar’s life of crime. The episodes of the author’s life are brilliantly written and readers can easily get a clear picture of the young boy stepping onto the bus, his heart palpitating because he is a victim of bullying or the hardened criminal lying low, with a stolen identity and credit cards, introducing himself as Carson Finch. While this memoir has a powerful message of love and redemption, it is written in a compelling manner, in a voice that is irresistible and that echoes the honesty of the narrator. It is a testimony of the power of God’s love, a book that will show readers a way out of a life of crime and addiction. It is a confession that will inspire change in readers.