#JCarReads | Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” Book Summary: Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully…

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#JCarReads | The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters

“Service simply means we embrace the possibility of living for more than ourselves.” “I want to live an interesting life.” Wes Moore, a Baltimore native who went on to be a decorated Army officer, a Rhodes Scholar, an investment banker, philanthropist and entrepreneur, uses this book to explore and explain how he found his passion.…

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#JCarReads | Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community. I hope that my being real with you will help empower…

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#JCarReads | Outliers: The Story of Success

“The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old…

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#JCarReads | The Last Black Unicorn

Tiffany Haddish, LAWD, what can I say about Tiffany that hasn’t already been said. Girl is awesome, but oh so crazy. Her book is quite refreshing, absolutely hilarious, but  shocking at the exact same time. She says some WILD things y’all, wild. For one, I really enjoyed getting to know her. The first time I…

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Unexplainable Pain – Origins, Effects, Outcomes

Does your heart ever hurt and you don’t even know why. You literally just, don’t know. Sometimes I feel that, a slight pain in my heart that I question every now and again. I wonder what it means, where it comes from, what its purpose is. I usually don’t get any real answers though. (Sigh).…

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#JCarReads | The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success

I just want to start by saying that I love DeVon Franklin. He’s a soulful inspiration to me, and after this book he is one of my aspirational mentors. This book is a great read and the best way I can try to share some of its glory is to give short snippets by chapter.…

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#JCarReads | We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories

I just want to say, when I saw that Gabrielle Union had released a book my heart got excited. I don’t know what it is about her, her fierceness, her latest portrayal of Mary Jane, or her Bring it On performance that made me excited to read what she had to say. After reading her…

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Your Part in This World – Romans 12 Deep Dive Verses 4-6

“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But…

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How to Get to Know Yourself – Romans 12 Deep Dive Verse 3

Y’all, so let me tell you about Romans 12. There are SO many gems here I don’t even know where to begin. So instead of trying to condense the goodness of this passage into a short summary, I’m just going to split it up. Romans 12 really spoke to me this morning when I first…

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#JCarReads | In the Country We Love

THIS book…WOW. I don’t even know where to begin in terms of this book. Diane Guerrero touched my heart and mind with her story and her honest, frank words. She shed light on issues that may or may not be at the forefront of everyone’s mind and she did it with grace and honesty. When…

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#JCarReads | Letters to a Young Queen

Letters to a Young Queen is a uniquely pieced together bundle of encouragement. I pride myself on being someone who does indeed value herself, something I have worked hard to do over the course of my life. Even for me, this book served as a reminder that we must first recognize our stature of royalty…

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#JCarReads | When Breath Becomes Air

This book was beautiful. It was simply written, deep in its evolution, and authentic at its core. This book is the story of a man who strove to understand not only death, but the captivating question: What makes life worth living? What he didn’t know was that one day he would come face to face…

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