Five gripping books to brighten up your summer

Terrance J and his mother discuss parenting and his success.

Terrence J and his mother discuss parenting and his success.

By Carmen Glover

Summertime evokes a variety of emotions: excitement, fun, adventure, exploration, relaxation. It’s a time when families go to new locations to unwind and recharge their batteries for the bustling activities that come with September. One of the best ways to enjoy the summer months is with a good book. has a vibrant book reviews section and we respect the value of reading and learning from each other’s stories. Here are five books that will add a little verve to your summer:

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1. “In The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich,” (Harper Collins, $19.99), actor and media personality Terrence Jenkins, also known as Terrence J, alternates his memoir about his childhood with road to success, with gems provided by his mother. He includes advice other stars such as singer Trey Songz, rappers Ludacris and T.I, as well as comedians Kevin Hart and Gary Owens. The entertainers share tips that they got from their mothers, obstacles they overcame and words of encouragement for others. Great book for all age-groups.

Author Kimberla Lawson roby and her book cover, the Prodial son

Author Kimberla Lawson Roby and her book cover, the Prodigal Son

2. In her most recent book, “The Prodigal Son” (Grand Central Publishing, $26) author Kimberla Lawson Roby explores family dynamics. She vividly describes how envy, greed and deception combine to create a potent mixture that can destroy a family until they decide to draw strength and guidance from biblical principles. Solid read.

carl weber

3. Carl Weber continues where he left off in his latest offering, “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride ” (Grand Central Publishing, $25). Weber outlines a story about a choir director who is tamed by a member of his church and the drama that ensues as they try to make it to the altar. Gripping tale.

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4. Rochelle Alers’ recent Cavanaugh Road novel ” Magnolia Drive” (Grand Central Publishing, $8) explores the lives of a new couple as they learn about each other, cautiously approach dating and become open to all that a life together entails: Soothing, breezy, blissful love story.

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5. Former athlete and current media personality Robin Roberts delves into her life story in “Everybody’s Got Something,” (Grand Central Publishing, $25). Roberts shares details about her life that were not previously addressed by the media and disclosing values imparted by her mother. Inspiring. Read the full book reviews under the books tab on our website.–OnPointPress.Net

Terrence J salutes his mother in inspirational book


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.—