Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review: Raising the Enemy (Audible Audio Edition) by Dominique Wilkins

Raising the Enemy [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
By Dominique Wilkins
Publisher: Dominique Wilkins
Published: Nov. 3, 2014

Amazon Audible Synopsis:

Patricia was in a relationship with Carlos, who fulfilled many of her needs, but not the important ones. She stayed until she began to bear children and realized exactly how selfish he was. Merely supporting his family with a job was no longer enough for her. So, two children later, in frustration, she finally faces the fact that Carlos was not the man they needed and left him. Her plan takes an unexpected downturn when her son Paul decides that now that they've moved, he is the new man of the house and should control his mother. They have a constant struggle for domination throughout Paul's teen years as he questions Patricia's judgment and fights to rule the household. Their struggle for control reaches an inevitable climax, when bad things are said, hurtful things are done. Then there was an accident. As all accidents do, it commands for a wake up and a change. Find out what changes has the accident caused. Will the conflict get worse, decrease, or make Paul immediately regret every word or thing he did to disrespect his mother and try to take it all back?

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 My Thoughts:

Patricia and her teenage son Paul fought constantly through his teenage years before the accident killed her and Paul’s younger sister the night they have nasty words and Patricia kicks him out of the car to walk the rest of the way home in the cold and dark.

While Paul was growing up he watched the interactions that his mother had with Carlos, the man she lived with and how he treated her. When Patricia left Carlos because he wasn’t able to truly be there for her and the children except to pay the bills, Paul started behaving like Carlos and talking to Patricia with the same manner and attitude.

Raising the Enemy is about how sometimes it feels more like our children feel like our enemies rather than people we love. There are times when all we seem to get from them is confrontation after confrontation until as parents we are at our wits end and we just want to scream at them as Patricia did.

This story reminds parents that they are not alone when they feel like all they ever do is fight with their teens. They are given verses from the Bible related to the situations in the story that may be helpful to the reader.

If Patricia had known when she met Carlos that her relationship with him would have caused all the twists and turns in her life and made her feel like living with her son was raising the enemy, she probably would have thought twice about getting together with him. Those twists and turns affected Paul profoundly and permanently. You’ll have to listen to the book to the end to find out how.

I thought that the book was quite interesting and would touch a nerve with most parents of teenagers as I think parent-teen relationship are fraught with a lot of tension at times.

I had a problem with my copy of this book as it kept skipping all the way through the book. At each skipping point, a few words would be missing. I don’t think anything important was missing, but it was very annoying listening to the skipping in the recording.

I didn’t always see how the scripture related to the portion of the story that it was next to. Most of the time it was very clear, but sometimes I scratched my head in puzzlement at the relationship. This was even after I had listened to the story several times.

Overall, I found Raising the Enemy a very interesting story to listen to. The reader’s enunciation was clear. I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 rather than 4 stars out of 5 due to the skipping of the recording all throughout the book.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

My name is Dominique Wilkins. I am a mother of five children. In the past year, I have written and self-published numerous short stories with different themes that I hope that people will enjoy and relate to. I am very proud of the reviews they have received thus far. I pray that readers will want me to continue to do this for the rest of my life. I too, was a product of my environment, which I was influenced by, before I found God and began to love myself and children all over again. I write books, so that others will feel the same way and want to make changes. Please feel free to visit me or download the Author Dominique Wilkins app!

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