March 08, 2013

Raise Him Up by Derrick and Stephanie Perry Moore Book Review

Book Description

There is no greater hope for single mothers than to watch their sons succeed, and African-American single mothers face more adversity than most. Raise Him Up delves into the challenges faced by African-American single moms and offers advice, scriptural support, and helpful prayers. Each chapter relates a spiritual point taken from the book of Acts, a mother's story, and draws parallels to the struggles of the modern day African-American mother. Chapters also offer stories of African-American athletes who were raised by single moms, and against all odds, succeeded.

Moms will learn to give encouragement, push their boys to try new things, and keep them out of trouble. Raise Him Up is essential reading for single African-American moms who want nothing more than to see their sons grow into happy, successful men.
Features include:
  • Helpful tips and tools for raising successful men
  • Hopeful stories of success in the face of adversity
  • Scripture from the book of Acts
My Thoughts:

   The book of Acts is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible.  I remember a study my home church did many years ago chronicling the book of Acts and ever since then I get excited when people discuss the book of Acts.  Raise Him Up uses the book of Acts to provide spiritual uplifting to parents.  Yes, it's marketed towards single, African-American mothers, but these are common tidbits any parent would appreciate.  Are the challenges African-American single moms different than those other single parents face?  Or other parents for that matter.

   I loved the way the book is set up.  Each chapter contains:

  • Motivational Point
  • Spiritual Impact
  • Mama's Story
  • Athletic Fact
  • Inspirational Insight - Stephanie's Message

The authors do a wonderful job tying everything together and the book is written in a conversational tone with frequent sprinklings of "Sister", "my sister" and "You go girl".  I confess after about the third chapter I was "Sister", "my sister" and "You go girl"'d out. The slang detracted from the beauty of a well-purposed book for mothers and sons.  It's always great to read how people overcame despite seemingly insurmountable struggles and Raise Him Up shares some powerful, uplifting stories.  

"Essential" reading, notsomuch.  Raise Him Up is good reading for the soul.  You will be lifted.  You will be inspired.  You will have a spiritual reference for those times when your child needs a motivator.  Overall, a good read.

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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Booksneeze for the opportunity to review Raise Him Up.  I received a complimentary copy of this ebook for purposes of facilitating this review.

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