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I PICKED UP THIS BOOK AFTER THE CHARLOTTESVILLE INCIDENT. AS A PERSON OF COLOR (AFRICAN AMERICAN) WITH ROOTS IN THE SOUTH (MISSISSIPPI), I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR WHITE SUPREMICIST AND THEIR AGENDA. I WILL NEVER CONDONE, ACCEPT OR EVEN DIGNIFY THIS BEHAVIOR AS IT HAS NO PLACE IN MODERN SOCIETY. THAT SAID, THIS BOOK WAS AN "EYE OPENER" AND MICHAELIS ARNO IS QUITE CURAGEOUS TO BRING HIS STORY TO US. THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IS "LOVE" AND "MINDFULNESS"; TOOLS WE ALL POSSESS AS HUMANS. HE FOUND A WAY TO USE THESE TOOLS TO OVERCOME HIS ILLNESS OF RACISM. HE ALSO OPENED HIMSELF TO OTHERS WHICH WAS INSTRUMENTAL TO HIS TRANSFORMATION AS A HUMAN BEING. MUCH LOVE TO THOSE WHO SEEK TO FIND A WAY OUT OF HATE. THERE IS LIFE AFTER HATE....!! THANKS MICHAEL FOR SHOWING THE WAY, IT TOOK SOME COURAGE TO DO SO.
I was hoping to read in more detail about how the author came to change his ways and how he became friends and interacted with those he had hurt in his past. I understand that he needed to tell about his prior life, but I felt there were too many details about that aspect of his life and not enough of his later life.
I was genuinely impressed with the authors story.It was so real and it really hit home as I have known people like him in my lifetime .For him to do a complete 360 and turn his life around is an inspiration for all humanity.Change of the heart and mind can happen if you do the footwork, and open your heart to all .I encourage people whatever your journey has been thus far, to read Arno's book.You won't be disappointed.You might even learn a valuable lesson.
In My Life After Hate Arno exposes readers to the mindset of a white supremacist and to the power of compassion and forgiveness. Arno's story is inspirational in so many ways; since leaving his old hate group, he has been helping other people leave hate groups. From his writing, it is clear how dedicated Arno is to peacemaking and increasing understanding of all people. He uses the same love and compassion he has experienced since renouncing hate to help others see how transformative and powerful compassion and love are. The message Arno is spreading is one we can all learn from.
A fascinating look at how good people can get drawn into such negative views and it happens all the time. His reversal took hard work and much pain all around but now his positive impact on others is wonderful.