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Raising Hope for Darius Hardcover – March 10, 2011

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About the Author

Johnny A. McDowell was born in Waco, Texas. At the age of two, his family relocated to El Paso, Texas, which allowed him the privilege of not only learning two languages but also understanding two cultures. For the most part, he led a normal life. Through the years, however, things changed . . . and not always for the best. "I woke up one day and realized that my life was completely out of control. I went from the school's best-dressed runner-up and most likely to succeed, to having an addiction for fast money, cocaine, and alcohol." It would be years before Johnny would humble himself and ask God to deliver him from the bondage brought on by his error. "I often tell people to be very careful about what they ask God for, and always be prepared to receive it. I received a prison sentence that lasted eleven years, eight months, twenty-eight days, twelve hours, and forty-seven minutes." It was during his time of incarceration that Johnny began to discover his talents. He spent most of his free time designing layouts for a clothing line and used his remaining free time being an avid reader. In a week's time, he would read up to three and sometimes four books. Reading opened up a whole new world for him, and in May of 2007, he picked up a pen and pad to write his first story. Within two months, Johnny had written two books and, by then, realized that God had replaced the clothing ideas with a creative writing ability. Although he has written six books, Raising Hope for Darius is his first published work. Friends and family tell him that he is a success story by all rights because of his ability, but Johnny believes differently. "Any success that I experience today or in the future lies only in the fact that God gave me my life back!" Johnny resides in the Dallas area but says Waco will always be his home. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456886088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456886080
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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I am surprised that I liked this book. Some of the grammar bugged me, yet I thought of the book many times after I completed reading it. I believe this author has a gift for "hooking" the reader and will write many good books in the future.
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Format: Paperback
Johnny A. McDowell has peaked my interest in mysteries as I would not sleep before finishing this book! The writing was very descriptive and connected me with all of the characters. Each chapter continued to add intrigue and depth that by the end left me in awe. I look forward to seeing more novels from this author!
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Format: Paperback
This book is captivating, gripping you from the first page. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Raising Hope for Darius" just could not put it down. I anxiously look forward to reading future books by this author
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Where's part two? I can't wait for the next book to come out. It's a page turner!
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Never received the book. Se d the book or don't charge my account.
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