For All The Wrong Reasons

For All The Wrong Reasons is the moving story of the life of a Latino man struggling to make it in a white man's world. With humor and candor, Dan Benavidez takes the reader on a journey rich in Mexican culture and fraught with discrimination and hardship, to become a mover and shaker in a predominately white man's world.

This is a book for everyone! I was so moved not only by Dan's life story but by his equally inspiring candidness and exceptional insights about racism. That, coupled with his great humor and the easy flow of his writing style, had me read it in one sitting wishing it would never end. I will now use the book in my work with youth in prisons, many that have undergone some of the same experiences and who will be inspired to see how someone overcame those odds

We can only imagine how it felt to be faced with the racial prejudice experienced by author Dan Benevidez all his life, but his writing in For All The Wrong Reasons tells it in plain English with a fresh and inspiring style. Readers can sit back and admire Dan’s courage and writing ability for putting his thoughts, and feelings in writing. The book is richly flavored by fabulous examples of brotherly love despite continuing maltreatment by those with inferior motives. Benevidez’s "Ghandi moments" really impressed me as similar to the struggle by Jackie Robinson breaking into major league baseball.

Readers must set aside any stereotype of the Latino man. In honest, frank and revealing stories Dan Benevidez creates a new model for men as he displays his vulnerabilities for criticism. There are page after page of weaknesses, strengths, and just plain "Here I am" paragraphs asking for it. It is strength to admit weaknesses and to strive to be a better man. The author is there in spades.

I read this book because I was looking for a story about police brutality from the Latino perspective, and Dan Benavidez led a peaceful protest after a police shooting of two unarmed Latino men in 1980 in Longmont, CO. I got way more than I bargained for. I learned about prejudice in my own community that I didn't know about. I also learned about courage and honesty and love. This is a quick but very compelling read, tough but well worth it. Highly recommended for anyone working with Latino youth or wanting to know about a real, human story of racial prejudice in America beyond the stories in the news. Be prepared, though, to examine your own life. This book does not hold its punches. I hope the author writes another book about his mother's life. What an amazing woman.

Great book about family and facing your own demons

What a fantastic book about family, love, perseverance and facing your own demons. The writer did an exceptional job of tying his childhood stories, the death of his mother, and his own convictions together. You can appreciate his candidness and honesty. This book is for the masses, anyone with family can relate.

ajarms
ajarms
Amazon Customer

Honest and powerful

I read this book because I was looking for a story about police brutality from the Latino perspective, and Dan Benavidez led a peaceful protest after a police shooting of two unarmed Latino men in 1980 in Longmont, CO. I got way more than I bargained for. I learned about prejudice in my own community that I didn't know about. I also learned about courage and honesty and love. This is a quick but very compelling read, tough but well worth it. Highly recommended for anyone working with Latino youth or wanting to know about a real, human story of racial prejudice in America beyond the stories in the news. Be prepared, though, to examine your own life. This book does not hold its punches. I hope the author writes another book about his mother's life. What an amazing woman.

Katherine Daley
Katherine Daley
Amazon Customer

I imagine anybody who at anytime felt shame or like an outcast can relate to the story

The stirring life story of Dan Benavidez - covering his metamorphosis from shame and anger to pride in his "Mexican" heritage and personhood. His story is so universal. I imagine anybody who at anytime felt shame or like an outcast can relate to the story. I was inspired and pleased to witness the transformation in Dan's story from guilt, shame and separation in his younger years to pride, forgiveness and unity.

Jessica D.
Jessica D.
Amazon Customer

best book ever.

This is by far one of the best stories I have read, it brought every emotion out of me, it took me to memory lane and back... every Latino will relate to this book somehow some way. 5 stars from my opinion, very well written.....

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Napash
Napash
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 A touching and heartfelt book!

The book was amazing! It's easy to relate too when it comes to the trials and tribulations of losing a loved one. The story was well written and truly came from the heart. It's a new book but I can definitely see how this can be a number #1 seller! It's a must read!

Layla
Layla
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Nice to hear a historical story of family.

Just loved to hear his story. He tells his story with passion, and the interest of one life lived. Enjoyed it.

Barbara Foster
Barbara Foster
Amazon Customer

Touched, Moved, and Inspired

This is a book for everyone! I was so moved not only by Dan's life story but by his equally inspiring candidness and exceptional insights about racism. That, coupled with his great humor and the easy flow of his writing style, had me read it in one sitting wishing it would never end. I will now use the book in my work with youth in prisons, many that have undergone some of the same experiences and who will be inspired to see how someone overcame those odds.

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Jeannette R. Holtham
Jeannette R. Holtham
Amazon Customer

Insightful and Highly Readable

For All the Wrong Reasons is the powerful story of one man's personal journey that involved overcoming obstacles, some of his own making. Dan Benavidez takes an honest, unflinching look at his life and remarkable accomplishments. The result is an insightful story you'll be glad he decided to share.

Bob Miller

Robert Miller
Robert Miller
Amazon Customer

"Ghandi Moments" excel

We can only imagine how it felt to be faced with the racial prejudice experienced by author Dan Benevidez all his life, but his writing in For All The Wrong Reasons tells it in plain English with a fresh and inspiring style. Readers can sit back and admire Dan’s courage and writing ability for putting his thoughts, and feelings in writing. The book is richly flavored by fabulous examples of brotherly love despite continuing maltreatment by those with inferior motives. Benevidez’s "Ghandi moments" really impressed me as similar to the struggle by Jackie Robinson breaking into major league baseball.

Readers must set aside any stereotype of the Latino man. In honest, frank and revealing stories Dan Benevidez creates a new model for men as he displays his vulnerabilities for criticism. There are page after page of weaknesses, strengths, and just plain "Here I am" paragraphs asking for it. It is strength to admit weaknesses and to strive to be a better man. The author is there in spades.

Bill Ellis
Bill Ellis
Amazon Customer

Author of For All the Wrong Reasons—a compelling memoir of a Latino man struggling to make it in a white man’s world—Dan Benavidez is well versed in the vulnerabilities of minorities who struggle to fit into a world fraught with discrimination. Dan’s fascinating journey has taken him coast to coast and abroad from living in the back of a gypsy wagon, to a stint in the U.S. Army. He was the first Latino in the city of Longmont to be elected to the City Council as Councilman-at-Large and was elected by his peers as the first Latino Mayor Pro Tem. Dan presently serves as a board member for Eco -Cycle, Longmont Housing Development Corporation, is a member of the Longmont Police Department Latino Advisory Council, a volunteer for the Longmont Ending Domestic Violence Initiative, and for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP) to advocate for restorative justice.