Book Review #1:Rachel Hollis

Hey hey guys, I am doing something a little bit different these coming months where I am going to introduce you to my world of reading. Now, I will admit, I have not read a book all the way through since 50 Shades of Grey Part 1 came out but I have always wanted to read interesting works by other writers. The book I am going to review this month is a book written by a great women who loves to help other women get out of their way and see what the potential that they already have. Growing from tragedy and being able to be successful in life with some bumps along the way is real-life for her and she wants you to know-ITs Normal! Introducing a lady I highly respect for her courage and empowerment of other: Rachel Hollis

I read this book from cover to cover and was amazed at the similiarities we have. I thought I was the only one thinking and going through it. For those of you who do not know who Rachel Hollis is, she is a Mom of 3 boys and a 1 girl, wife to Dave Hollis and founder of a lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and Ceo of her own Media company. She has alot of followers online via instagram, facebook, youtube etc. She is a woman who likes to tell it like it is, she encourages, enlightens and works to help others acheive the same sense of confidence she exudes throughout everything she does with the help of God.

I am going to review this book in 4 parts:

  • Why did I pick this book to read?
  • What part of the book, really hit home for me: (ex. made me cry or have a aha moment)?
  • What is one thing I took away from the book that I will change in my life?
  • How would I rate this book out of 5 stars?

Rachel Hollis: Girl, Wash Your Face

  • I picked this book because it came highly recommended online. I was curious as to what washing my face meant so I said this might be a great book just by the title, so I bought it. I never realized when I opened it, I would never be able to put it down. It spoke to me so well. Everything, well almost everything, was so similiar to my life I couldn’t believe that this nice young lady had gone through all that and still managed to be a great women waking up everyday helping people with her wisdom and lending a helping hand.
  • A part in the book that really hit home for me was Chapter 15: I Will Never Get Past This- when she talked about her family. Not being as close as she wanted to be after the tragedy just trying to salvage what was left of her relationships and picking up the peices and moving forward in church and counseling, which is always the best medicine. I cried through the whole chapter.
  • One thing she stressed so much in her book about is being happy with who you are. It doesnt matter what you didnt accomplish or who hurt you in your past, you are responsible for your own happiness. Never let others believe you are never good enough to try new things or pick up where you left off with years ago. Always try to be you and be happy for you not anyone else. I realized that in trying to make others happy all at once, I have made myself unhappy. I have decided to run away from toxic or negative things and let others be unhappy by themselves and take care of me first. Be there after I am taken care of then console others.
  • 5- star rating from me for original content, very personable and uplifting!

Looking forward to reading her other book:

Girl, Stop Apoligizing

Ordered my copy from Barnes and Nobles today and will start reading after my 2nd book which is from a new first time author who writes about how the word of God influences your life processes everyday. Click link below to purchase Marcus Myrick’s

Click link to purchase e-book at: Amazon.com

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Black History Legends….Day 2

   Zora Neale Hurston -(January 7, 1898 – January 28, 1906)

                  Anthropologist, Novelist, Folklorist and major literary figure of Harlem Renaissance

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   Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama in 1898 to John and Lucy Potts Hurston.  She was the 5th of 8 children and when she was 9 years old her mother died and her dad remarried shortly after.  Her father John decided to move the family to Eatonville, Florida, which was founded in 1887 and was the oldest incorporated black town in America.
Pictured above: Zora attended Eatonville High School in 1917 at the age of “26”…yes that’s correct and she finished in one year.  She had to lie to the Public School system that she was born in 1901 instead of 1891, in order to qualify for a free education.  After she received her diploma in 1918, she took a job as a manicurist and waitress in order to pay for her tuition at Howard University in Washington D.C.
Pictured above: Zora attended Howard University 1919 and received her Associates Degree in one year and published her 1st stories with the Howard newsletter.
Pictured above: Zora Hurston’s writings and stories told through her eyes during her life.
Pictured above: “The eyes were watching God” the movie trailer released March of 2005 based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston and was produced by Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Matthew Carlisle
Pictured above: Zora was honored on her 119th birthday in 2003 by the United States with her own postage stamp.  Zora suffered a stroke in 1959 and moved to St. Lucie County Welfare Home in Florida.  Shortly after her 69th birthday, she died from heart disease and was buried in the Garden of Heavenly Rest in Fort Pierce, Florida.  Alice Walker revived her memory by celebrating her life through her work.

 

Pictured above: Some of Zora Hurston’s famous quotes…..like every great writer…she lives on.

Thank you for reading about Zora Neale Hurston…keep reading everyday for more black history facts.