The Courageous by Chris Deeroy

The Courageous

Overcoming From Within
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A debut memoir that elevates office politics and corporate backbiting to the level of religious and metaphysical battles between forces of good and evil.

Deeroy has an inspirational story to relate in this memoir. He writes that he overcame parental rejection and extreme poverty during childhood; was granted asylum in the United States due to violence and political unrest in his West African homeland of Togo; obtained a degree from an American university; and developed a career in the world of information technology. He offers some details about his youth, but the bulk of the narrative concerns the three and a half years he spent employed in the software technology section of an unnamed corporation. Evidently, he fell into disfavor with his immediate superiors after a problem with something called the “John Doe Project.” He never makes this project’s specifics clear, but he says that he was thrown “under the bus” in the fallout. Overall, Deeroy offers fluid, sometimes-elegant prose. However, he often seems to blur the line between facts and symbolism. For example, he labels his coworker “the evil lady” because he says he “saw her in a couple of dreams in a form of a snake. Both times, the snake tried to bite me”; from this, he says, he concluded that he was in physical, mortal danger. At another point, when a flock of crows landed on the skylight above his cubicle, he says that he took it as proof that “someone had commissioned an evil spirit to carry out some mission at that workplace.” There’s also page after page of prayer recitations that interrupt the flow of the story. Deeroy’s devout Christianity blends with his account of his Uncle Tito’s tribal beliefs in witchcraft and black magic to create a unique brew of faith and superstition. It’s not until the final chapter that he focuses more fully on the motivational advice he promises readers up front: “If you want to be valuable, place some value on yourself; and if you want to be happy, do something that makes you and everyone around you happy.”

An unusual combination of spirituality and magic that may appeal to a mystical Christian crowd.

Pub Date: July 19th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5127-4587-0
Page count: 202pp
Publisher: Westbow Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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