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Book Review || The Power of Now

First of all let me say apologies for the UBER delay in posting this review. So much has been happening, I actually forgot to write this up. This was SUCH an amazing book. Eckhart Tolle is probably one of my favorite authors. This book was another on of those reads that had me having  “AHA!” moments after “AHA!” moments. What Tolle said just made so much sense, to me at least. This book is set up in a “Question & Answer” format where Tolle has questions that he has been asked before and he simply answers them in a very direct and simple way. Some of the questions seemed to come from people who were not that far along their spiritual journey, but the way in which Eckhart replies will have anyone, whether just starting on the path of spirituality or someone who has been well on their journey, understand the message that he is trying to convey. Another thing that I loved about this book is that I stopped and meditated on what was …

Book Review | The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Adichie delivers yet again with this book. I purchased this book years ago. At first, I was not excited about reading a collection of short stories, but I am glad that I picked this book up, again, and gave it another choice. Adichie is probably one of the best fiction authors I have come across. Her words paint vivid details of each story, each individual, each point of view. Each story pulls you in and captivates you. I literally do not know how she does it! The stories made you think. Her process of building the story is just about perfection. She doesn’t start every story in the same fashion. Sometimes you jump in the middle of their lives, sometimes you start at the beginning, sometimes you catch a glimpse of what is happening & then circle back to understand the circumstances that are unfolding. They are all different and you literally cannot guess what words are about to come next. These short stories are indeed fiction, but they almost make you think that these …

On Self Love || The Book

This book has truly been a work in progress and it has been a long time coming. Back story. If you have known me in real life, or via social media, for the past few years, you know that I co-wrote and released a book called Her Crown in 2014. It was the love of my life and I was beyond proud of myself for releasing a book at such a young age. Who would have known that things would have turned out the way they did. *everything that I am about to say is from this point on, is from a place of observation and reflection, not judgement. I was young and naive. I genuinely did not know what I was doing, I simply had a calling, a push, from Spirit, I followed through, and I learned as I went along (as with everything I do in life). I did what I was capable of doing at that moment, but it was not good enough for the other person. I will say that that …

PoC Book List

This list was created from suggestions from the people. It has not been altered to reflect any personal preferences. The authors will be ordered by last name. Please feel free to explore other works by the authors listed and/or suggest other authors and their works.   Chinua Achebe There Was a Country Things Fall Apart Arrow of God   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah Half of a Yellow Sun The Thing Around Your Neck Purple Hibiscus We Should All Be Feminists   Dr. Llaila Afrika African Holistic Health Nutricide: The Nutritional Destruction of the Black Race   Queen Afua Sacred Woman   Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow   James Allen As a Man Thinketh   Ra Un Nefer Amen Metu Neter   Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings The Heart of a Woman   Gloria Anzaldua   Christin Armstrong Wash Day Cut Day   M.K. Asante   Machado de Assis Dom Casmurro   James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk The Fire Next Time The Devil’s Work Native Son Another Country Go …

Book Review || Conversations With God: Book Two

I think I finished this book in about a week. Neale Donald Walsch has done it again! This book, as it says on the cover, is a life changer! I consider this a life changer, not because of the insights it holds, but because it made me reflect on and question all things in my life. This book genuinely helped me take a few steps closer to fully integrating Who I Am. I love Conversations With God because even though this book was written from the viewpoint of a middle aged, white, Roman Catholic, American man (do not fear, it is not at all religious, but you can understand how he sees the world), it is extremely relatable, even for myself, a very black woman. You know what angle he looks at life, but it is not an angle filled with opinion or ridicule, it is simply the angle that the author writes from. I also love that the book reiterates that the entity that is God is neither male or female (by interchanging God & …

Book Review || Autobiography of Angela Davis

This book changed my entire life. I thought I was just going to be reading about the life of a very historical figure in the Black liberation…boy was I wrong! This book lit a fire within me. Not on the militant side, but in the sense that I felt like I wasn’t doing enough; I needed to do more for my people. This autobiography was a very intimate detailed account of Angela Davis. The book was not so much in chronological order, starting from Angela evading her arrest, then to her childhood, then to life in prison, after that, chronicling her life in school and as a professor, then finally to her being locked up and fighting for her case….and of course all of the in betweens. All in all the book is broken down into five parts. Angela’s life was beautiful, even in the “tragedy”. This book, to me, shows what a real revolutionary is, regardless of violence and political party standpoint. Being a revolutionary is fighting for what you know is right, fairness of …

Book Review|| Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

So this book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself; How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza,  has definitely been one to add to my favorites. Actually, I would go as far to say that this was probably THE best self-help book that I have ever read! My friend, Channing, had recommended this book to me last year and it took me way too long to finish it, but at the same time, I finished reading it right when I was supposed to. About this book…I really love that it ties in science/physics with spirituality/metaphysics. So if you are more of a person that is into science and needs physical proof that people aren’t talking that “hippy-spiritual universe” stuff or if you are that hippy spiritual that is for my science, this book perfectly blends the two and comes from a place where you can understand and relate whether coming from a right or left-brained individual. So whether you are a super science freak, free-spirited spiritual, or even if …

Book Review || Big Magic

Let me start by saying that I got this book almost a year ago because there was such a big hype around it! The colors drew you in and who didn’t think this book would be awesome, its called big magic for goodness sake! I literally thought this book was going to be of bible status……WRONG! I am usually a “if I’m not into this book by the second page Im over it” person, but I decided to be patient and allow the book to get good. I should have trusted my intuition because that moment never came for me. Personally, this book had a slow start. To top it off, the voice of the author came from a very “I’m a white woman and I’m privileged” standpoint. I’m not sure if this woman ever had to struggle (like colored folk struggle) a day in her life. This book was SUPER “life is just rainbows and glitters and the only thing that I struggle with is not writing a book in due time while I’m …

Book Review || You Are A Badass

Let me say that this book was BEYOND amazing!! I had originally purchased this book about 3 years ago. I had read maybe 1/4 of the book and for some reason I put it down (even though I enjoyed the book when I first picked it up). Maybe my Spirit knew that I wasn’t ready or I wouldn’t absorb it as I should. Fast forward two years later to last month, I got a prompt to start this book again. I kid you not, it was like reading a completely different book through different eyes. The same words I had read years ago sounded totally different and registered in my brain in a completely new way! I finished this book with such enthusiasm! I will tell you all that this book is a definite MUST READ on your self-love/self-improvement journey. I feel as though You Are A Badass was right in alignment with everything else that I have been reading this year. I especially love this book because it is a very deep book with …

Book Review|| Conversations With God: Book One

LET ME TELL YOU ALL THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK THAT I HAVE EVER READ….AT LEAST THE BEST BOOK THAT I NEEDED TO READ AT THIS MOMENT. It literally trumps everything that I have laid my eyes upon, up until this very moment of my life. My friend had sent it to me via PDF, & by the second page, I was like, “Okay, I have to get a hard copy, an actual book. I need this in my hands.” When the book finally arrived, I did NOT think that this book would touch me so deeply. By page 10 I was ready to write a review. Actually, as I write this I am only on page 85. First off I understand that not everyone will LISTEN or UNDERSTAND this book as I do. Not everyone will take away what I am taking away. For me, this book was confirmation. As I am reading, my eyes widen because these are conversations that I have had with my friends, with people. I have heard these words …