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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Hope I Die Before I Get Old: Talking 'bout Re-generation documents Richard Bonnett’s powerful journey of transformation through his faith in Jesus Christ. From age five to his early teenage years, Bonnett and his best friend Joe Peca were inseparable. As children, their exciting games included inventing a secret language to communicate between themselves, playing Army, and other escapades that often got them into trouble. Bonnett’s experiences in a strict Catholic school only served to strengthen his resolve to stay away from Christianity at age sixteen. From this point, he and his friends began to push the boundaries, choosing to engage in more aggressive offenses. Soon, drugs and criminality became a part of his lifestyle until one day he decided to challenge God to prove Himself after a day at a court trial where he and his friends were prepared to lie to a Judge, Jury and Counsel.
Unafraid of political incorrectness, Richard Bonnett offers a fresh perspective on faith through his experiences before and after becoming a Christian. The book contains stories from his life that contribute to its greater themes. Not only are they captivating, but they are also told with a touch of humor, and important lessons are drawn from them. The emptiness of living a life of crime is evident from the scenes in the book and the characters’ experiences. The book offers insightful advice and also effectively addresses sensitive topics such as suicide, death, delinquency, and related family strain. It also follows the stories of Bonnett’s friends and what became of them later in life, providing a broader perspective of the themes it explores. In a lucid, conversational approach, Bonnett explains the basis of Christianity. Ultimately, Hope I Die Before I Get Old is a testament to God’s love and the attainment of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.