Higher Is Waiting – Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry Higher is Waiting | Book Review | Abis Book Blog |Tyler Perry, aka Madea makes us all laugh with his humor, but he has a lesson in his plays and writings. He has never been shy about his faith and includes it in his work.In Higher Is Waiting, Tyler Perry shares spritural lessons he learned as he grew up. The book is written in the style of a devotional with a story, lesson learned and scripture to back it up.

The book is divided into four sections using the analogy of a tree; planting seeds, nourishing the roots, branching out and harvesting the fruit.

Here are a few lessons from Higher is Waiting:

  • Be aware of these different types of people in your life; leaf, branch and root people. Leaf people are those in your life for a short time, they are only around for a season and then fall off. Branch people are stronger than the leaf people but need care. They are around for much longer than the leaf people but won’t be able to weather very heavy storms. Root people are those who will always be there for you no matter the season of your life. The lesson here is that you can’t be upset with people for the role they play in your life, that’s just how it’s meant to be.
  • Guard your dream from dream killers. Don’t just tell anyone your dreams, protect them and guard them with your heart. Open up to only people you trust and who will not belittle your dreams. Even those who are close to you may want to talk you out of your dreams. Pray for wisdom as you seek advice.
  • Realize that there may be different ways to get to your dreams and be open to different ways of getting there.

For more about tyler perry visit: TylerPerry.com 
Publishing Date: November 2017
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We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

We're Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union is the lead actress on Being Mary Jane, a hit series on BET. She plays the role of Mary Jane Paul, a successful cable news anchor with a vibrant love life. Being Mary Jane is one of my favorite shows.

In reality, Gabrielle Union is one of the leading female black actresses in Hollywood. She’s famous for movies like Bring it On.

I was very excited to read her story. I didn’t quite know what to expect but here’s what I liked about the book.

  1. Her authenticity : she tells it all. She doesn’t hide any parts of herself and I applaud her for that. I mean who wants all their business out there.
  2. Her Humor: I found myself laughing hard when reading the stories. It was a much welcome break from work and other life stressors.
  3. She addresses very real issues. She gives her take on racism and being black in a mostly white neighborhood. Raising black step sons and never being enough, having to work twice as hard as a black person. She shares her real and true struggles. Things are not all gravy in hollywood. Despite having quite a bit of money/ financial security there’s a lot of insecurity and backbiting to rise up the ranks.

This is a fun, hilarious, light and quick read. Perfect for a beach trip or just relaxing. There’s a lot of talk about sex and lots of cursing too, so just keep that in mind. Grab your wine and get a copy!

For more about We’re Going to Need More Wine, read this New York Times article
Watch past seasons of Being Mary Jane on Netflix.
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Publishing Date: October 2017

Have you read “We’re Going to Need More Wine”? What are you thoughts? Leave me a comment below.

I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

I'm judging you by Luvvie AjayiNigerian born, American raised author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi wows us with her keen sense of humor and truth in I’m judging you. She states a lot of things you’ll consider common sense but one has to realize that common sense isn’t always very common. Luvvie touches on many different topics and gives us advice in a humorous way.

As a Nigerian woman living in the States, I can relate to all the issues she’s brought up but I especially appreciate her appeal to a wider audience. She is real and unabashedly herself. Luvvie says all the stuff you’re thinking but can’t say cause you’re too polite or perhaps afraid of the backlash. I love that she’s so real and calls folks out for bad behavior.

Here are four reasons to read I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi:
  1. Honesty / Candidness : Luvvie tells it like it is. She says that stuff we can’t say cause we have day jobs and reputations to protect. We are thinking it and are glad someone finally said it. For instance, in one chapter  she calls out folks on social media who post ridiculous things or overshare.
  2. Humor : She is hilarious; Luvvie describes events in a comical and entertaining manner. She’ll keep you engaged with her humor.
  3. Advice: She tells you what to do. Luvvie suggests behaviors and ideas to do better.
  4. She’s Nigerian: Hey, I’m Nigerian and I love to see and shout out other Nigerians doing well! I’m especially proud that she’s from Ibadan, my home town.

Overall, of course I recommend this book 😉 it’s a great, light and funny read. Pick this up for your next plane ride; you won’t be disappointed.

Have you read I’m judging you? what are you thoughts? Leave me a comment below.
Luvvie Ajayi’s Blog: http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com
Publishing Date: September 2016

The Man in 3B by Carl Weber

The Man in 3B Book Review - Abis Book BlogI stopped by my neighborhood K-mart to pick up a few things the other day and noticed an African American/Urban books section. I perused the author names and decided to read some of the reviews on Amazon. This was when I discovered Carl Weber and his books. I decided to start out by reading “The Man in 3B” and boy was it a great read.

The Man in 3B follows the story of several black folks living in an apartment complex in an urban neighborhood. A new guy, Darryl moves into apartment 3B and immediately starts causing drama all over. All the ladies are swooning about him and would love to hook up with him. He eventually starts relationships with several of his neighbors, one thing leads to another and Darryl is suddenly killed in a gruesome way. The book follows all his relationships to determine who the killer is.

The drama in this book was intense, I loved the pace and the speed. The author wove the story and the details so well, you were left wondering what would come next. Reading this book was like watching a move unfold. The words leapt out of the page and left you in a daze. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for some real drama. Do keep in mind that there were several sexual scenes, so it would probably be rated R as an adult drama.

This book was made into a movie in 2015, but I believe the book is always better than the movie. That’s a personal belief, plus a friend confirmed that the movie was just alright. I look forward to reading other books by Carl Weber.

Author: Carl Weber
Link to book: The Man in 3B
Publishing date: Aug 2014
Pages: 384
Audio Version: The Man in 3B
Other books by the authors: The Family Business

Five Life Lessons Frugal Millionaires Teach Their Children

Abis Book Blog: The Millionaire Next Door is one of those books that really opens your eyes on how to manage your finances. The authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko are college professors who have conducted extensive research on millionaires and their lifestyles.The Millionaire Next Door is one of those books that really opens your eyes on how to manage your finances.  The authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko are college professors who have conducted extensive research on millionaires and their lifestyles. The most important lesson to learn is that most millionaires do not live flashy lifestyles like those you see on reality TV. In fact, a good portion of them live in the same neighborhood as you and drive regular cars. Here are five key lessons millionaires teach their children.

1. Don’t tell your children that you are rich/wealthy. Children that are told they are wealthy are more prone to spend money on lavish lifestyles. They think ” hey! we are rich, we can afford it” without realizing how difficult it is to earn money. These children grow up feeling entitled and spoiled, they become accustomed to a certain standard of living and when they become adults, they aim to maintain the lifestyle even when their income does not support it.

2. No matter how wealthy you are, teach your children discipline and frugality. Financial habits are picked up from parents. If you’re a spendthrift, it’s very likely your children will also be excessive spenders. Teach them to work hard and not waste. Teach them the value of a dollar and the effort that goes into earning it.

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