Writing My Wrongs
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"During his nineteen-year incarceration [for murder], seven of which were spent in solitary confinement, Senghor discovered literature, meditation, self-examination, and the kindness of others--tools he used to confront the demons of his past, forgive the people who hurt him, and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed. Upon his release at age thirty-eight, Senghor became an activist and mentor to young men and women facing circumstances like his"--Dust jacket flap.
New York Times Bestseller A memoir of redemption, reform, and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug dealing to survive, and end up in prison for murder at the age of 19, fuming with anger and despair. Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next. During his nineteen-year incarceration, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement, Senghor discovered literature, meditation, self-examination, and the kindness of others—tools he used to confront the demons of his past, forgive the people who hurt him, and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed. Upon his release at age thirty-eight, Senghor became an activist and mentor to young men and women facing circumstances like his. His work in the community and the courage to share his story led him to fellowships at the MIT Media Lab and the Kellogg Foundation and invitations to speak at events like TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival. In equal turns, Writing My Wrongs is a page-turning portrait of life in the shadow of poverty, violence, and fear; an unforgettable story of redemption, reminding us that our worst deeds don’t define us; and a compelling witness to our country’s need for rethinking its approach to crime, prison, and the men and women sent there. — Oprah's Super Soul 100 Member
In life, it's not how you start that matters. It's how you finish. In the 1980s Shaka Senghor was an honor roll student and dreamed of becoming a doctor. In 1991 he was sent to prison for second-degree murder. During his 19-year incarceration, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement, Senghor discovered literature, meditation, and self-examination. He used these tools to confront the demons of his past, forgive the people who hurt him, and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed. At his release at age 38 he became an activist and mentor to young men and women facing circumstances like his.
An extension of the author's blog, The B - Logs, this didactic book of short stories is set out to teach life lessons and conceivably prevent you from making the same mistakes, or at best, be equipped to deal with what may come your way. From the beginning to the completion of this book, the reader will be inserted in the life of the author with the intention to evoke empathy. The stories will take you on a range of emotions that will consciously stir up encouragement, strength, wisdom, love, heartbreak, pain, fear and most importantly FAITH. The book is broken down by themes to help navigate through and digest the wisdom and lessons effectively. Though your wrongs may not be identical, the theme is, you can take solace in the fact that you too can overcome any situation. The power of God is indescribable. These are a collection of short stories that may very well save your life.
This collection of poetry is the recent offering of author and musician Lanson Searle' a.k.a. 24. Poet since this artist was a child. Viewed as personal and not intended to be seen or collected by anyone. "I wrote these poems as a form of therapy, to leave long after I'm gone".-Lanson Searle'. "However, I decided to publish this book for any fans of mine waiting for my next novel." "I hope they enjoy it, because this is very deep personal writings that may be hard for others to express.""Maybe someone can relate and as long as I at least reach one and help in anyway, that I too lived like you and it is possible to overcome the harsh reality of street life." You can transcend it and make your future full of happiness and hope."
This book is me. It's about the me that had to deal with the cards dealt to me. I had no choice in who I was born to or where I was placed as a baby. It was God's divine choice. I am an epic display of God's GRACE. I have suffered many hard days but not in vain. Many that will read this may have some clue but the rest have no idea. I covered my pains very well. I smiled through every wound and every oozing cut. I didn't create the mess in my life. However, I did make the mess worse. By the time I wanted to clean it up, I didn't know where to start. It wasn't my mess, but it is my house. I could no longer blame anyone for the mess I've lived in for the last 30 years of my life. I had to take responsibility and own up to my part as well as the position I played. Look, we all have been dealt a hand in life. How we play this hand determines our life's successes and defeats. I am not perfect, but from this journey I've learned. I learned how to own up to it all. I've accepted every failure and disappointment...It's time to heal and move on. I'm not perfect but I am pleasing to God. And so, I'm surviving.
From Heartbreak to Love Notes combines lyrical expression with poetry to capture modern dating by using pieces to tell a story of young man knowing little about relationships but is destined to learn. It's broken into three sections and chronicles his thought process when enamored, losing interest, cheating, searching, heartbroken and healed.
This book gives both aspiring and seasoned songwriters a powerful new approach to writing songs, focusing on common obstacles in the songwriting process and techniques to help songwriters overcome them. Each chapter goes to the root of a specific songwriting problem and provides exercises to help readers over the hurdles and put their new skills to work. Topics include writing approach, purpose, structure, melodic significance and construction, basic music theory, word meaning, word design and arrangement, chords, and how they are all pieced together. Along the way, a song is created to act as a case study and a demonstration of what each exercise can result in. The lessons are fun, informal, and include fresh suggestions and exercises born out of the author's experience in teaching songwriting at the college level. The book's companion website provides audio clips to accompany the relevant exercises and examples presented in the book.
Named one of the best books of 2019 by The Economist and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. A National Jewish Book Award finalist. "A superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people." --The New York Times Book Review An award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century, however, redrew the borders around them, in the process transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree. In Family Papers, the prizewinning Sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe. They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection. They wrote because they were family. And years after they frayed, Stein discovers, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers. With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.