Review: Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure

Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure
Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure by Kathryn Cloward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure” by Kathryn Cloward is a wonderful resource for children who need help building their self-esteem and who need help learning ways in which they are valuable to others. The story begins with Kathryn the Grape eating dinner. She doesn’t like what they are having for dinner and never has and, because of this, she feels as if her parents love her brothers more than she because they, sometimes, serve the dinner she doesn’t like.
Going forward, Maggie, a fairy to Kathryn, is introduced and takes Kathryn the Grape on a magical adventure showing her that she has, within her, the values and the fruits that make her a great person, a “colorful” person. All she has to do in look inside of herself and act on them, and she will find them. Maggie also reminds her that everybody, including her parents and her brothers, are “colorful” too.
Personally, I really liked this book. As a parent, I will definitely keep this book in mind for my daughter to read as she gets older.
I give it 4 stars.

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Review: He Kan’t Kill Your Future

He Kan't Kill Your FutureHe Kan’t Kill Your Future by Sharquent Webster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“He Kan’t Kill Your Future” by Sharquent Webster was very moving…it is one of the best books I have read in a while of an account that’s true, emotional and so able to affect other people’s lives…as it is the life story of Ms. Webster, she transforms her reader back through her journey, starting with her childhood. Her father left her mother at an early age, and there was ten children total. As a result, not only did her mother have this huge responsibility to bear on her own, but she seemed to have a break-down of her own while doing it.

As a result, the streets raised Sharquent, and they were her family. They provided for her the love she wasn’t receiving at home, and, as most that live on the streets, she, somewhat, became part of the streets and took what they had to offer. She became addicted to PCP and crack, had three pregnancies in the process, and, eventually found herself wanting to get off of drugs more than anything. She was tired, her body was wore out, and she didn’t want what the streets had to offer anymore.

But, most importantly, she realized that Jesus loved her. He wanted better for her life, and, because of this, more than anything, she wanted to live for Him.

“He Kan’t Kill Your Future” is a wonderful autobiographical account of a young woman whose life started out not so good, but ended up wonderful. It wasn’t easy, but she decided to surrender her all to Jesus, and He took care of everything else from there. Personally, I really appreciate Ms. Webster writing and sharing this part of her life. I can just imagine how difficult it was, but I really believe that her story will touch someone’s life.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S. “He Kan’t Kill Your Future” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: In the Morning

In the MorningIn the Morning by E’yen A. Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“In the Morning” by E’yen A. Gardner is the 2nd book I have read from this author. And, similar to the 1st, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. Gardner’s layout for the reader starting on the evening and leading up to the next morning was great. It really helped the reader experience the “popular” emotions that one goes through as they’re “going through.” Through Mr. Gardner’s biblical references and his own personal, honest accounts, he brings the reader in a comfort zone in which they feel that, finally, they can deal with these issues and find relief “in the morning.”

Personally, “In the Morning” has really inspired me to confront some issues that I have been reluctant to deal with, but, at the same time, I know they will not just go away. They need to be dealt with head-on, and put an end-to, and this is what Mr. Gardner helps us to see. And, then, last but not least, He reminds us of what Jesus did for us, what He went through for us…making it possible for our “in the morning” to come. This was a great read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking to be inspired for the better.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “In the Morning” was received courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Recipes for a Beautiful Life

Recipes for a Beautiful Life (Volume 0)Recipes for a Beautiful Life by Julie Keye, Madaline Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Recipes for a Beautiful Life” by Julie Keye and Madaline Hall was an absolutely beautiful read. The pages made you feel so comfortable, and they were so free-flowing that it didn’t take me anytime at all to finish it. The first part of the book begins with several key bible scriptures written on each page. And, accompanying these verses, you’ll find plush, “take-your-breath-away” images that truly compliment the words you are reading.

Moreover, the second part of the book features the actual recipes needed for a beautiful life. Keye and Hall equips their readers with several techniques on how to pamper and reliev the stresses of their life…and, the best part is, all the ingredients can be found right in your home. No special trips to take, and no expensive ingredients to buy.

This book is a definite must-read, and one that I’ll be sharing with my family and friends.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Recipes for a Beautiful Life” was provided courtesy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Bright New Morning: An American Story

A Bright New Morning: An American StoryA Bright New Morning: An American Story by Phil Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“A Bright New Morning: An American Story” by Phil Mitchell was okay…bringing a patriotic message, Mitchell discusses, throughout the book, his home state of Chicago, his beginnings, and the people that he has met while working as a trolley driver. While his message was important, to be honest, I did have some difficulties while trying to complete this book. Aside from the grammatical errors, Mitchell never fully completes any thought he brings up…many parts are scattered around, and even though some points that are presented hold validity, they are not completely explained.

Mitchell also relays to the reader that he is a musician, and he has written songs that relate to the message that he is desperately trying to spread, that it’s time for America to come back together, and we all need to work in unity to achieve this goal. His music does support his effort…I previewed the songs that were on his album, “America, ” and they were pretty good.

Overall, Mitchell has a strong message, a message that needs to be heard. And, should he decide to re-publish his book, I would strongly suggest an in-depth revision to tie up any loose ends that are still hanging. If he decides to go that route, I believe the revised copy along with his album will get him steps closer to the goal in which he is trying to acheive.

I give it 3 stars(the book was okay, but his music bumped the stars up a notch.)

P.S.  “A Bright New Morning: An American Story” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuffor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange is a powerful choreopoem that explores many different arenas: rape, sexually-transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancy, abortion, murder, etc… It is written in a way that conveys to the reader the physical and emotional stance of the women in the play. While delving into many social topics that seem to plague all women(not just colored girls) today, Shange creates an atmosphere in which these women are made comfortable to address these issues when they would, otherwise, not want to draw the attention. Such as the poem that addresses unplanned pregnancy and abortion – “i cdnt have people lookin at me pregnant i cdnt have my friends see this dyin danglin tween my legs…nobody came cuz nobody knew once i was pregnant & shamed of myself.”

Personally, this choreopoem spoke volumes to the corners of my mind and my heart, that is, the poem and Tyler Perry’s movie, “For Colored Girls” off of which this poem is based. Unlike “Precious” based on Sapphire’s “Push,” I did not read the book first. As a matter of fact, I’m happy that I had an opportunity to view the movie before reading. I believe it really helped a lot in that this is my first time reading a choreopoem. The characters in the movie really brought the stories and issues to life, and, as previously mentioned, these are topics that touch all women, not just colored girls.

I give it 5 stars.

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P.S.  “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” was provided on-loan from my local library.

Review: Push

PushPush by Sapphire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Push” by Sapphire was very disturbing, but awesome and intriguing all at the same time. It was a real testament of faith of the human spirit and proves that we can succeed over any situation if we are determined. The main character, Precious Jones, is in a difficult situation. She is living under abusive and incestous conditions, and, already slacking in school, she finds herself pregnant for the 2nd time.

Not wanting to expose the other students to pregnancy, a school official suggests an alternative school for Precious. It is here, along with her teacher, that she begins to find herself and discover who she really is…without the daily beatings and without the frequent sex. Moreover, Precious realizes that family does not always consists of those that have your blood, but those that have your best interests at heart.

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry collaborated and produced “Precious,” a movie rendition of “Push,” and it was okay. However, having first read Sapphire’s words and the story that she told, my imagination mixing together with her words was much, much better.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Push” was obtained from my personal library.

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