HE CHANGED MY NAME - Unoma Nwankwor
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: Talented writer, Unoma Nwankwor, invites us into the lives of two native born Africans who are living and pursuing their dreams in America. The setting is Atlanta, Georgia and Mensah Afortey and Ayanti “Yanni” Effiong, the protagonists, are each busily pursuing their individual calling and career when they find themselves brought together under unusual circumstances.
Mensah Afortey is the founder and Pastor of Calvary Is The Way Church. His church is in dire financial straits, and facing foreclosure. Mensah prays, fasts and meets with his advisory committee in order to come up with a plan to raise money to save the church. In steps our heroine, Ayanti, fresh out of a Georgia correction center, and looking to serve out her time in community service. Ayanti, aka Yanni, a well-known Pop Star, and “West Africa’s prized possession”, goes ‘temporarily insane’ one day and destroys cars and other property belonging to her ex-manager and boyfriend. Consequently, her reputation and her bank account suffer from this act. The community service sentence is to be served at none other than Calvary Is The Way Church.
“How does this work?” you may ask. The author does a praise-worthy job in bringing these two characters together who have lived their lives on opposite poles. While there is an instant attraction between the Pastor and the beleaguered star, Ayanti first allows God to show her that she can be an overcomer. The side characters (a couple who have their own story) are wonderful in their roles as supporters and encouragers.
HE CHANGED MY NAME is an excellent work of Christian fiction without being “preachy”. It’s a love story that not only showcases a man’s love for a woman, but also God’s love for a man and woman. I enjoyed this story, and I highly recommend it.
14th March 2016 | firstname.lastname@example.org