Oscar Vega Romero. Soul Twins: A Latino Journey From The Edge To Self-redemption. ISBN: 978-0-915745-93-7. $22.95.

Vega Romero contends “My view as a Mexican is that my people are hard workers who possess a strong desire to succeed in life. I was only one of the many Mexicans willing to face the prospect of death and of leaving a mother bereft, by crossing the United States border illegally, in the attempt to make their dreams reality. I left my country without knowledge of the many dangers involved, but with the help of God, I arrived in the United States of America, without authorization of the U.S. government. I asked myself what I wanted for my future and I realized I desired many things. However, their realization within the context of my current lifestyle seemed impossible for I had no concept of the meaning of life. I was living life like a blind man without the ability to see or to enjoy each moment of my existence. I made mistakes that caused me to be locked up behind bars. I've had to spend part of my life in the chaos of an institution, far away from my home country and my loved ones. I thought I was a failure. I didn't know who I could become. I finally realized that no matter what situation I was in I was still blessed in so many ways. One of the greatest blessings was the ability to make choices. This understanding helped me to open my eyes little by little. The quality of my existence began to change, not only for me but for others around me. I discovered the joy of sharing my new-found positive thinking with the intent of making others smile. This book is designed to help men and women improve their lives through positive ideas and the true experiences from which they came. The heartfelt honesty and passion that I have put into this book convinces me that it has the power to touch any heart, no matter the race or color of skin. Mexicans and Latin Americans will continue to be my inspiration to write and paint.

My hope is that my writing encourages people to share precious values and to extend a hand to anyone. We know who we are but not who we can become.” Oscar Vega Romero was born and raised in Mexico. He was the second child in a family of six sons and a daughter. His parents, a hard-working laborer father and a home-maker mother, impressed upon him the importance of education and setting a good example. Romero immigrated to the United States in 1998. He is a videographer, an artist, and a writer who uses his artistic talents to teach, entertain, and make others more aware of their hidden potential.