Bet on Black by Kenrya Rankin Naasel

Bet on Black:

African-American Women Celebrate

Fatherhood in the Age of Barak Obama

By Kenrya Rankin Naasel

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, African-American, Anthology

Five stars

Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barak Obama begins with an excerpt of Barack Obama’s Fathers’ Day speech and adds in a little quote before each story in the collection. The inspirational stories that follow come straight from the hearts and lives of black women who tell about the strong fathers in their lives. Some are grandfathers, some husbands, and they represent the strong black men who embodied fatherhood and commitment in spite of struggle and hardship.

President Barack Obama is often thrust into a purely political section of media and our minds. Our critical culture examines his success and failure and forgets his humanity and the enormous symbolism for many people looking to him not just for political leadership, but as an example of manhood and success. His example and wisdom as a father show a side of him often overlooked.

Bet on Black highlights these aspects of our president through the stories of other strong black men. It takes the high ground and gives rightful recognition to men who stayed true to their children through hardship, and in a society where they get none, where they earn scorn instead of praise, and where they live in company with many who didn’t choose to care about fatherhood.

I applaud, first, the gathering together of so many women to give credit where it is due and greatly needed. Also, I loved to hear the struggle and faithful fight these men fought to father their daughters and granddaughters.  It isn’t easy and thanks don’t always come. Mostly, I loved the positive reinforcement and vital role these fathers played in the lives of successful, strong black women. A woman can be strong on her own, but the support of a father makes it a partnership and a joy instead of a battle.

Any man who truly loves his daughter can find encouragement and vindication on these pages. Any daughter can learn about the blessings she has perhaps overlooked, and about the man she must demand as he father of her own children.

I received this book from the author for the purposes of an unbiased review.

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Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life by Nadia Riell

Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life:

Perspectives on Love, Encouragement, and Reaching Potential

by Nadia Riell

Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring life is a collection of heartfelt messages written to a beloved child. Each is packed with affirmations, instruction, wisdom, and affection. Sometimes starkly honest, these messages are timeless truths that every child should hear from a parent or caring adult.

This book is ideal as a reminder to parents about what our children need to hear. Reading it aloud to a child or just using it as a reference for important discussions would enhance any parent/child relationship. It is gentle but truthful about tough realities of life, but expressed in such a loving way that they become a great encouragement.

These days we are losing the richness of the parent/child relationship in our busy, technology-centered world. Truths that our Grandparents knew have been diluted or lost with the abundance of information and barriers between generations. Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life is filled with all the keys to regaining those truths for those who were deprived of their benefit in their own childhoods or who fear that loss for their own children.

Written in a short but wisdom-packed format, it is easy to peruse or read cover to cover. It’s also a great daily reading for that personal time with the kids. Discussion and interaction naturally flow out of these ideas, making them an excellent discussion guide. The lessons can apply to any age and can be understood from young childhood to the teenage years, and even into adulthood.

Nadia Riell doesn’t just write this as theory; She lives it with her own children. These are her own wishes and hopes spoken to her little ones, and they are already benefiting from her lessons. She views her children as one of life’s chief blessings and strives to care for them thoughtfully and purposefully.

I highly recommend Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life for parents and caregivers as a perfect reminder and resource for loving and communicating with your children through life.

For more about the author, visit http://nadiariell.com

Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life is available in ebook and paperback form:

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You can read Kathleen Firstenberg’s review at http://kathleenfberg.webs.com/apps/blog/show/12699912-inspiring-childhood-inspiring-life