By Carmen Glover
Former BET co-host of 106 and Park, actor and current E! News co-host Terrence J credits his mother’s example, guidance and counsel for providing the fundamentals of his success. In a beautiful ode to his mother’s love, support and guidance, Terrence J authored The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich, a book that lovingly explores Terrance J’s life and how closely his successes are aligned with the choices his mother made in hers.
The book describes the circumstances surrounding his mother, Lisa, becoming pregnant at age 17 and her decision to not only have her son but devote her life to ensuring his overall success. It details her goals for her life and how she decided to put her son’s well-being first in all aspects of her life, including her decision to choose a life partner. Along the way, Terrance J shares the life lessons his mother taught him about becoming a man, pursuing his dreams, embracing education, ignoring obstacles, choosing friends wisely and sharing his gifts with others through mentoring.
Told in a very conversational tone, the book intersperses Terrence J’s recollections with his mother’s accounts of what motivated her to make the decisions she made and how determined she was to ensure that she led an exemplary life for her son. An interesting and compelling feature of the book is the nuggets of wisdom shared by other public figures who reflect on the impact their mothers had on their lives. Among the notables who share vignettes from their relationships with their mothers are Kevin Liles, former president of Def Jam Records, singer Trey Songz, rappers T.I and Ludacris, comedians/actors Kevin Hart and Gary Owen.
Terrence J’s book shares the many ways in which the values that his mother instilled in him shaped his viewpoints and his core system of operation. But The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom is also profound and illuminating in honing in on the message of friendships and relationships as well as the theme that no one is an island. It shines a light on an important essence of human relationships: the fact that truly successful people develop the art of nurturing relationships, which then mushrooms into meaningful bonds that can make the difference when you least expect it. The book is a great read for everyone who wants to learn the importance of having a central core as well as understanding the value of being true to yourself and your dreams.—OnPointPress.net