Book Review – Sunlight at Dawn

Sunlight at dawn is predominantly an introspective book and can be used as a guide to your own success story. The book answers the question of what it is like to be a parent (trying really hard to put food on the table), a child (written off by the doctors), and finally a student that didn’t let the educational scheme define his destiny but let God take entire control.

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The book begins with Philip’s childhood. He was different from the other children he grew up with. As a young fellow, he had issues with looking weightless (his own first insecurity at a very young age) and also had a strict upbringing. The author did well to let us know how much he hated school right from nursery. The worldly and childish thing was forbidden: there was no TV. He didn’t “enjoy his life”.  (he always had it in him) Phillip recalls when his mum found the first ever book written to express the pain and poverty his family was in, and how it made his mum so emotional that she cried. He also remembers her convincing him that they “were not poor; that things were going to change” (She played her role as a mother brilliantly in that situation- planting a seed of greatness).

The Author remarkably touched quite a number of things in this book extending from how parents should train their children to how a parent should avoid self-aggrandizement. He opines that parents should focus on fulfilling the child’s God-given destiny and that includes the choices parents help their children make, like what courses to study in the university. What I comprehend from his own viewpoint is that a lot of us can get distracted wanting to be the fathers or mothers of children studying “prestigious or lucrative” courses. This, according to the author, is “selfish”.

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The author made me realize that the role of a parent (which is something a lot of parents need to understand) is not as an owner (just as a boss to his worker) but as a caretaker (more on this inside the book) and most importantly he didn’t fail to mention that parents are meant to always remember that God is the owner of the children.

Philip Amiola concludes the book by sharing his University experience. He rightly indicates that his leadership skills began to come in handy and the purpose of living wasn’t so obscure anymore.

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Sunlight at dawn is compelling, motivating and informative. The author's style is non-judgmental; He describes his experience while acknowledging that everyone has a special purpose in life regardless of the situation they might be going through. There are a lot of principles and helpful tips to help overcome or see challenges as a stepping stone. I’d like to share a particular line in the book that means a lot to me, "Accepting criticism is the price you have to pay for being in the spotlight".

Sunlight at Dawn is a must read.

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