Is Spiritual Bondage real? Are our lives a reflection of what happens to our Spirit Being? Can we ever find answers, or understand the incomprehensible things that tie a man down?

A CRY FOR MERCY, the first volume of Escape from the Unseen Dungeons is a spiritual book of poetry that touches on the philosophic and spirituality of human experiences, the book is written from the perception of a narrator whose spirit being has experienced horrific spiritual bondage, telling the tale of how it negatively influenced his physical life. The narrator starts our poetic journey in A CRY FOR MERCY by pleading for compassion, and divine intervention about his soul-destroying experiences in the invisible dungeons, he talked about his obstacles, heartaches, vile nature, pains, at some point, he questioned his fate – asking if he truly have a purpose on Earth, or he is a forgotten being. The narrator expressed words of hopelessness, and tries to lay blame, his tears in the dungeons were heartfelt, uncomfortable, and dreadful.

The narrator pleads for forgiveness, as he desperately yearns for freedom from the unseen powers that held him down in captive. He wrestled with the invisible forces of darkness, of his flesh, stagnation, indiscernible enemies, obstacles, and many more, at some point, these forces nearly overcame him, and put him to death in the dungeon.

This spiritual book of poetry is written in three distinct volumes, A CRY FOR MERCY, HOW THE DEMONS LEAVE, and I SAW THE LIGHT with each section touching deeply into matters that address human conditions, and other divine subjects, this book can be considered as a resource for the thoughtful examination of Lamentations and Spiritual Obstacles in Life. It tells the story of captivity, unbeknownst bondage, and slavery. You will find ghastly dirges to the many incomprehensible things that tie a man down.

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Peter Okonkwo
Peter Okonkwo was born in Akure, a city in the South–Western part of Nigeria. He is a freelance writer, editor, fatalist, literary critic, soon–to–be–novelist of Etean’s Destiny, and a certified orator from the Friendship Leadership Institute of Nigeria.

Peter is the author of six poetry collections: Ecstasy of the Dead; Fate, In the Dungeon of Doom; Whose Fault, Kismet or Impediment? and Escape from the Unseen Dungeons book series, (A Cry for Mercy, How the Demons Leave, and I Saw the Light)

He is gifted with the aptitude to explore and demystify certain difficult life issues through his thought–provoking, raw–arresting transcendent poetry. Peter is the host of the P. English Literature YouTube channel, where he reviews books and conduct interviews with authors around the world.

the poems flowed well
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2022
Poetry is tricky. Does the writer mean exactly what he says, or is there some kind of symbolism involved? I don’t think anyone but the poet can ever be positive about the meanings. It’s one of the things making poetry both fascinating and frustrating. In A Cry for Mercy is Peter Okonkwo pleading with a mythological deity, or confronting his own demons? I prefer to believe the second. It’s possible there is a third alternative I haven’t thought of. Only Peter Okonkwo knows for sure. No matter what Peter Okonkwo actually meant, the poems in A Cry for Mercy flowed well, and I enjoyed the book.
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Patrick Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good read
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2022
When I first read the first chapters, I absolutely loved that the author have brought me to think about Job, how we sometimes cry out for help and things do not always work in our favor but we keep praying on until God answers our prayers in His time.

Then came the chapter entitled “Give me power”, I have to say that this chapter confused me a little bit. Maybe it’s the use of the word “power” in itself. I think that wisdom is power, the wisdom of God allows you to overcome all evil. To me, asking for a power that will overcome all other powers is like when the Cherub Lucifer wanted more power than he was already entrusted with. Just a thought.

Getting down to my spirit man in the dungeon: I like what the author is expressing there, but again just a small word made me ask myself something that I know is not what he wanted to convey. In the sentence he wrote: “I told him that the power of God and that of my prayers has sent me over here to loose you from your captivity” In this sentence, to me God sent his only Son to get me out of my sinful life, no one else. But again, that is my interpretation.

I had a hard time reading some pages. I too find myself having difficulties praying for people that have wronged me. But reading those lines made me realize that there is still anger in the heart of the poet that needs to be dealt with. I know what message the author is trying to convey here but all I got from those lines were anger and bitterness, two things that do not belong under the Shield of Faith from the armor of God.

All in all, a good read

God Bless
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S. Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great, thought-provoking read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2022
The book is a great read. I love the fact that it exemplifies a conversation with God through poetry. Many times, it’s been my experience, that people who seek God, go through the motions without developing a true intimate relationship. Relationships grow, many times, through conversation and interactions. The fact that the book provides an example of what that looks like, I think is a great thing.

The first scripture that comes to mind as I read the book was Ephesians 6:12- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. If we approached our trials as spiritual warfare, we would be better equipped to understand how to fight these battles and would save ourselves a great deal of the anguish described in the book. We approach situations and people as if they are attacking us personally, and they may very well be, but sometimes, not going beyond the surface of what lies behind spirits working through people, hinders us from moving forward or even being delivered.

The anguish is definitely something that I can understand. We have all found ourselves in places we don’t desire to be. Some know this at a much deeper level than others. The book seems to describe a person young in their walk with Christ, which many people are and can identify with. Not only do you hear the thoughts of the anguished soul, but a soul that admits sin. A soul that acknowledges the limitations of being wrapped in flesh and a soul that asks for forgiveness and deliverance. A friend even intercedes on his/her behalf. I love this because interceding on others’ behalf is so needed and further exemplifies the importance of who you surround yourself with.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and determining what connections I can make and relate to. As with most things, we relate to them from our own personal experiences. This book could be read for entertainment purposes, or used to find correlations to the bible or to answer deep-rooted questions about spiritual warfare. No matter the context, the book will intrigue you and is verythought-provoking.Reviews

Very Inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2022
I enjoyed reading this book, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Within the first few chapters I noticed I was reading a conversation between a man and god, which to me is a conversation with himself. To be honest the writing is so detailed that I started to feel as if I was invading the privacy of the author’s mind, I actually felt a bit awkward having such access. I found myself wondering, “are these real confessions?” It’s so personal, yet Peter grants access into the struggles of a man. His first-hand pain & difficulties in life. Truth be told I can relate very well, as I too have struggled in the unseen dungeon. For those not aware of this invisible prison.. this book shall be very informative. One thing readers will notice is how the author personifies certain words such as “impediments,” as if it is the name of a demon entity he’s facing. This is a very powerful technique calling entities by their name, giving them accountability, holding them responsible; rather than identifying with these as if they are apart of you. All in all, excellent book and a great start to the series!!

Though my views are different from that of the author, it is very easy to relate to what he’s talking about. My favorite chapter is, on PG. 94, ” Destiny Don’t forget”

This chapter is actually a bit comical and a mood lifter, once again the author personifies a word “destiny” and speaks to it very creatively. Most of the book is very intense and this chapter I’m sure most will find hilarious and right on time. Like boy if we could just remind Destiny to hold its end of the bargain lol good job on this Peter.
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Carl Scharwath
5.0 out of 5 stars
Search for a nice quiet spot, this book begs for your attention.
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2022
Find a nice quiet spot, early in the morning or late at night when the world is silent. You are now ready to experience “Escape from the Unseen Dungeons.”
The poetry book’s theme is on the philosophical and spirituality of the human experience in the Spirit Realm. I would grab a pencil and some paper as you will be underlining memorable passages as well as taking notes and this is the kind of poetry book that makes you think.
In the poem “Longing for Help” we listen to a plea for God to send a helper and this is something we can all relate to. “Inwrite the mark of love in me.” is a line I wish I could write.
“A Question for Fate” is a great philosophical poem to ponder as we together with the poet question is fate the same as destiny?
I love to think about fate in my own life and the poem “Whose Fault, Fate or Mine” is another great poem in this vein. The poem questions when fate will come to us and how “no one volunteers to dry my tears.”
This book reminds me of Hart Crane’s the Bridge as an opus through a philosophy and journey with many spiritual roadblocks and how they influence your life.
Please pick up this book, I promise you will read and reread and begin on your own journey.
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Lori Alden Holuta
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Vehicle for Self-Contemplation
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
Peter Okonkwo is a self-defined fatalist poet with a gift for cutting directly to the chase. His poems are unflinchingly angry, his scenarios heartbreakingly dismal. Our narrator for this latest of Peter’s poetic journeys is a tortured soul, seemingly unaware that we are eavesdropping on his one-sided conversations with Fate, Obstacle, Destiny, and God.

The poem that resonates the most with me is “A Conversation With Obstacle”. It reminds me of various points throughout my life when I felt as if I was being held back from what I worked so hard to achieve, for no good reason I could think of. It’s a piece I will return to again, as I found it cathartic. Sometimes seeing your frustrations put into words by someone else is a vast improvement over keeping your thoughts and fears hidden away in your mind, where they have a tendency to fester, or run rampant at times.

What poems will resonate with you? Which ones will start the contemplative gears turning in your head? Which poem will make you angry enough to start seeking a change? Can you face the big questions in their unvarnished form? There’s only one way to find out.
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Sandra Damiani
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thought Provoking Poems
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
A poetry collection ponders the question: Is life’s outcome determined by fate or man? The writer seeks answers to the eternal question of destiny by conversing with the obstacles in his life. I especially liked how the poet makes you question if impediments in life are a spirit or human creation. I highly recommend this beautiful poetry collection to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of life; you will soon discover that you are not alone.
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Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unique and inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2022
As a person who doesn’t typically like to read poetry this book captured my interest from the start. Beyond that I am not a religious person so I didn’t expect it to speak to me but it did. The verses describe what it is like to be human and what it is like to go through the difficulties in life.

I like how the author showed vulnerability in the lines. Taking the reader deeper into their consciousness and their thoughts.

I found that the words were descriptive and made it easy for me to picture a story inside my head, not every author can do this. The flow of each poem was elegant and brought the words to life. 

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