When Reality Hits

From WW II to the New World Order

Non-Fiction - Memoir
224 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2015
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Author Biography

Arthur Berm

Arthur is a happily married family man with two children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Now retired from a busy and varied business life, he enjoys gardening and is an avid sailor, with the one complaint that there never seems to be enough time for a nice long sailing holiday.
As a Christian he felt the need to share his experiences and concerns for the future of our society and countries, hence the writing of the book "When Reality Hits."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm is not one of those stories where one says, as the author tells it, “Oh! That reminds me,” and bores some poor soul with its narration. The book begins with a quote from Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything,” presumably propelling the author to say what he says. Put to work by SS soldiers, made to strip jewels, including their golden teeth, from the bodies of Jewish victims, staying alive became a full time job involving much skill. The author details how he experienced the ending of the Second World War, the retreat of the Germans, his involvement with national reconstruction efforts, and finally emigrating to Canada for a new start in life. All events stand out, his experiences with the aboriginal Canadian Indians, the friendship with a Scottish family having two girls and falling in love with one of them to wed and bed, saving electricity by ironing only the visible portion of a shirt, and a horde of topics of contemporary interest, like euthanasia, cloning or the school curriculum. This book also offers a good discussion on controversial topics, like overdoing political correctness, global warming, or trade balance.

When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm is a thorough book. I could not find a matter of contemporary interest not covered by the author. Touching on all sides of human transactions and affinities, and giving due attention to the changing environment, this book is a welcome addition to our literary wealth, especially about the topics we generally take for granted, are uncomfortable with, or that are contentious.

Shawn Hamilton

Shawn Hamilton

An important book. Highly recommended!
 July 13  2014

Liz Anderson

Liz Anderson
Sept. 11, 2014 

Extremely Interesting from a historical point of view, also has many interesting personal and amusing anecdotes.
Highly recommended.


Evelyn's review Oct 16, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read in October, 2014

I received this book from Goodreads giveaway.
When Reality Hits was not quite, what I expected, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This book covered topics that have been forefront in the news since WW II. The flow of this book fascinated me; in my experience, books on history can be very dry. If more authors that write history would take this kind of approach, I believe students would genuinely want to read about history. Thank you Arthur for this well written book.

Elain's review

Eiain's review  Jan 07, 15
4 of 5 stars

A good read on Goodreads. I was not to sure what to expect, especially due to the varied subjects. The author writes well and I felt as though I was not reading and in fact was being spoken to. The book focuses on apathy and the change that has gone on quite unnoticed to us due to apathy. Everything is covered including religion, terrorism (which seems to go hand in hand), government, global warming and much more. As said, a good read and a little bit of an eye opener.


Book Review: By Bookbzz
When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm
Political Memoir
Age group: Adult. Suggested minimum Age: Any
What we say......
Berm expresses an alternate political view at odds with the common consensus. He argues against collectivism in favour of a doctrine where individuals should take responsibility for their own actions and the role of the state should shrink. Expanding this view internationally he challenges the view that organizations such as the UN should have an expanding role in affairs.

Writer's Digest

Book Review: By Writer's Digest
2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
December 29 2014
The author makes a bold, powerful connection between his childhood in Holland during World War II. The author's background and life experience set this book, and its ideas, apart from other works on the future of world power. The book is part memoir, part history, part political commentary, part future prediction. The book will appeal most to readers who want to learn from history to see where the signs of today's world are pointing. The author addresses apt modern day social, political, economic, and global issues with so many topics the book seems to fly quickly. It sacrifices depth for breadth. The pace of the book is quick and energetic. The author's tone is opinionated and at times indignant, but also motivated by care for people, as individuals and on the whole. He speaks from observation more than research, so readers looking for an academic approach will find the book insubstantial, but those who want a more subjective discussion will find the book satisfying. The writing is conversational, but often wordy; occasionally the ideas, on a sentence level, aren't quite clear. The cover, title, and subtitle don't give a full sense of what the book is about though the image does aptly convey that the author is not optimistic about the future.
“Judge, 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.”

Author's Note:
In the book there is Hope for the Future:
"What I am concerned about is the fact that people are dying all around us every day, and they haven’t prepared for their future. And I am concerned about the fact that I haven’t told all the people around me that my future is secure and that their lives may also be secure. I’ve missed so many opportunities to tell my friends and people I meet about the GOD who loves them. You must know that there is life after death, and you can have a future because JESUS also paid your ransom, HE paid the price."