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Everyone, but Men would especially like it. The true story of a Cuban young man, reared mostly by a very wise grandmother and the way her teachings helped direct his life. The first part of the book is his upbringing by his wise and strict grandmother and the learning he experiences at her feet. The next part tells his bad experiences as he spends his required time in the Cuban Army and was sent around to help foment revolution in other countries as an agent of his country. He tried to sort out the events of his life in the light of his gra The true story of a Cuban young man, reared mostly by a very wise grandmother and the way her teachings helped direct his life.

He tried to sort out the events of his life in the light of his grandmother's teachings and constantly feels that he is letting her down. He tries to live an honorable life in spite of the things he must do. The last part of the book tells of his escape from that kind of life and where his grandmother's teachings led him.

Trusting the faith she instilled in him, he makes dangerous and courageous decisions. He finally learns how to be the kind of person she taught him. I found this book to be very uplifting and instructive. Most of us have not seen life through the eyes of a Cuban mercenary, so it is very instructive and enlightening. The eventual triumph of his faith is very uplifting. This is one of those books that anyone would like, but most especially the men because of the large amount of warfare in about half of the book.

Jul 30, Tonya rated it liked it Shelves: I gave this book a three only because I didn't think it was very well written - it was choppy and hard to follow in parts. However, the subject material was very interesting and I would recommend it. This is a true story about a Cuban soldier who was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ.

He was raised by his grandmother, who taught him her religious beliefs that she had developed based on reading the Bible and personal inspiration. They were not the beliefs shared by religions in their cult I gave this book a three only because I didn't think it was very well written - it was choppy and hard to follow in parts. They were not the beliefs shared by religions in their culture.

She taught him that there was an apostasy, that the power to act in God's name had been taken from the earth, that Christ's church would have to be restored and be like it was in ancient times, including having a temple. She told him that somewhere in another land there were men that could talk with God and that he would find it someday. When he found the Church, it was obvious to him because so much of it he had already learned from his Grandmother. It was very faith-affirming. Oct 26, Jonene rated it liked it.


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While the author is not a polished writer, and I struggled a bit getting through the first half of the book, I found the story which is true to be amazing and well worth the read. His testimony in wonderful, the influence of his grandmother and her faith is inspiring, and the picture you get of the Cuban Communist party and its affect on the people of Cuba, South and Central America, and all countries having revolts which they helped and funded , is truly eye-opening. You get a feel for what While the author is not a polished writer, and I struggled a bit getting through the first half of the book, I found the story which is true to be amazing and well worth the read.

You also get a feel for what it is like to try to keep good judgement, optimism and a good heart when you are neck deep in the 'devil's pit' and forced to do the 'devil's work'. Just the defection story alone sold me. It was a sincere and moving story with a great message.

I really enjoyed it. May 29, Garin Hess rated it it was amazing. Inspiring and from someone for whom English is a second language, it is extremely well written. I love the storytelling tone. You feel like you are just sitting down and hearing it from him firsthand. More about his grandmother than about him, her brilliant and devout adherence to her own beliefs based on her lifetime study of the Bible alone gave her amazing insights that inspired this young man in his journey towards truth. Lately I have been trying to better understand Jesus, the man, the perso Inspiring and from someone for whom English is a second language, it is extremely well written.

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Lately I have been trying to better understand Jesus, the man, the person. It's rather impossible to strip away any of his icon status in my mind--they infused. But "seeing" this grandmother through Malcolm's experiences gave me a new perspective. I feel I understand the Savior better having learned of Malcolm's grandmother's devoted, loving, sacrificing, but extremely strong and unconventional life. Dec 01, Raul Hevia rated it did not like it.

I wonder if the story is true, the story reads very boring in the 1st 3rd of the book and then reads like a spy novel, very involved, big change in pace, like it is written by somebody else. He also has an adverse action by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Examiners for using a fraudulent certifi I wonder if the story is true, the story reads very boring in the 1st 3rd of the book and then reads like a spy novel, very involved, big change in pace, like it is written by somebody else.

He also has an adverse action by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Examiners for using a fraudulent certificate saying he was a certified family therapist when he was not http: Feb 12, Bruce rated it liked it Shelves: This is the true story of a young man born in communist Cuba who had a very religious grandmother who rejected the remnants of Catholicism and African religions left under the atheistic communist government.

I liked the cultural aspects of the Latino culture in this book. A large portion of the book is dedicated to his military service in destabilizing the governments of nearby countries with the funding and support of the Soviet military. I also found this interesting. In the end of the book he t This is the true story of a young man born in communist Cuba who had a very religious grandmother who rejected the remnants of Catholicism and African religions left under the atheistic communist government.

In the end of the book he tells how he successfully defected to the United States and eventually met a pair of Mormon missionaries and tells about his conversion. Overall, a pretty good book. Aug 21, Ryan Mercer rated it it was amazing. When I heard about this book I figured it would be an inspirational story about this man's journey to the LDS church It reads like a spy novel, giving account after account of missions with flashes back to his grandmother while he was growing up and wisdom she learned from the Bible. If you are LDS, it might not be for you Great read either way! Feb 15, Marilyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I met the author Malcolm Leal one quiet afternoon at Deseret Book.

I ask him about this book. The story really resinated with me and touched my heart. I love stories about faith in the future and God's tender hand in guiding our lives unawares. This book is listed as fiction but it is really the story of this wonderful mans life. It was hard for me to get through all the war and strategies and destruction but that could be that it just makes me think about soldiers and my Tyler.

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I love his grandmother and revere her noble heart and what a great example of faith and charity. Jul 28, Bradley Linnell rated it it was amazing. I was turned onto this book by a friend who heard Malcolm Leal speak. I'm not quite half way through, but I have found this book to be enthralling. It is an auto biography of a boy who grew up in Cuba while being raised by a savvy grandmother. He eventually joins the Cuban special forces and has many brushes with death, any one of which would have killed me for sure.

All of this is set against the backdrop of developing his christian faith. It has a mix of cold war, military exploits, coming of I was turned onto this book by a friend who heard Malcolm Leal speak. It has a mix of cold war, military exploits, coming of age, being raised by a strong matriarch grandmother. Sep 24, Gannonator added it. I just finished this book and I have to send the author kudos.

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It was very moving and quite a wonderful conversion story. I was moved to tears at some of the scenes with his grandmother. I, too, had a wonderful grandmother who died without knowing the truth of the Gospel, but, I believe, she would readily accept it in the next life. Had the honor of meeting Malcolm at the Costco in Mesa, AZ and he was gracious enough to sign my copy. Thank you, again, for your testimony and sharing your story wi I just finished this book and I have to send the author kudos.

Thank you, again, for your testimony and sharing your story with the world. Best of luck to you now and in your future endeavors. Jun 27, Tara rated it really liked it.

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I was really excited to read this book because I'd heard a little of his story. It was a little different than I'd imagined, but in the end, it was what it said it was, this man's life in Cuba, his grandmother's faith in God and faith that there was a true church out there somewhere. He joins the Cuban Military and all of the drama and deception involved with that, relies and comes to know God himself, and when he finds assylum in the US, he eventually finds that church that his grandmother knew I was really excited to read this book because I'd heard a little of his story.

He joins the Cuban Military and all of the drama and deception involved with that, relies and comes to know God himself, and when he finds assylum in the US, he eventually finds that church that his grandmother knew had to exist somewhere, for the Bible told her it was true.

A great conversion story. Oct 10, Sherrill rated it really liked it. This is a great story about a Cuban soldier and secret service operative and his very amazing grandmother. She actually found on her own the correct interpretation of Isaiah and taught herself from the scriptures what the true church should contain. She waited for a church that had the true light of Christ, a prophet, and temples.

Well I think you can guess what happened but it is a good read. I only wish I could have such an influence on my grandchildren. It is a reminder that simple people in This is a great story about a Cuban soldier and secret service operative and his very amazing grandmother. It is a reminder that simple people in very obscure places can have inspiration.

Sep 16, Alisa rated it liked it Shelves: Read this on a review from my sister. The last 50 pages the story of how me met the missionaries are especially touching.

I also especially liked the stories of his grandma and her faith that she shared with him when he lived with her growing up. The parts when he was in the army dragged a little bit for me, and I thought there would be a bit more about the actual conversion, but I enjoyed the book overall. Would like to give it 3. Dec 23, Jennifer Blaine rated it it was amazing. This book hits home at so many levels. I love reading about real lives in completely different circumstances than my own. I love the faith of this grandma. Description Florencia Martinez Hernandez always taught her grandson to rely on her God for everything, and that the true gospel of Jesus Christ was indeed on the earththey just hadnt found it yet.

While on special assignment with the Cuban Special Forces, Malcolm receives a blow from a sniper rifle that almost ends his life.

It is in this moment of darkness that Malcolm calls upon this God in faith, thus beginning his miraculous journey in search of truth, and his eventual discovery of and conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.