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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2006
I picked up this book in a gas station somewhere between North Carolina and Virginia. (It must have been on the border of Virginia/North Carolina because the line was very long for the lotto!)

I have a 19-year old away at school. He was brought up in the church and quite honestly he likes going to church. We've never add problems getting him to participate in church activities. So I feel he has the religious roots to stand on. However, being away from home, I know he is being challenged in his church attendance. More importantly I want him to "know the Lord" not just attend church. Flipping through the book at the store aroused enough of my interest to purchase it. I read it first before giving it to my son and was even more impressed. That's when I ordered 10 more to give to my husband, pastor, nephews, cousins, and brother-in-law being deployed to Kuwait.

I gave the book to my son the week before his Spring Break and told him I expected him to read it once, twice or as many times as necessary over Spring Break to get the message. And I would be quizzing him to be sure he read it. He truly surprised me and called to tell me he was almost done with it the week I gave it to him. My note inside the book said to him to pass it on to a friend if it benefited him. He said he had highlighted so much of the book, he wanted to keep his and could I send him 2 more to give to his room mates. (Yesterday he wanted 2 more for others who saw him reading it.)

I have not heard from my nephews that I gave it to. They may need a little more encouragement to read it, but that's why I gave it to them. They truly need "encouragement for a difficult journey".

Every Black young man that I know I want to share this with them and their parents. Some co-workers asked for some too. I teach Sunday School, ages 8-11 and I will use the section entitled, "Things I wished someone had told me at age 12" with my class.

I sent one book to a previous Sunday School student who is now incarcerated. The book was returned with a note that books could only be given to inmates if they were shipped directly from the printer or a bookstore. It would truly be a blessing to get this book into the prison.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2006
I do a chapel service in a Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx, and this book is the first book that I have found that I feel would be VERY helpful to the boys.

The reason is - it is broken down in a very simple fashion that is super easy to read, designed for one that may have a short attention span and doesn't typically read a lot, and is very practical and directive as to why and how to get onto a good path.

I am so grateful to this author for creating such a wonderful loving tool so full of wisdom. It has no hint of being condescending, which I also love.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2006
This book is an inspirational work for the reader. It explores the three aspects of life that causes conflicts and problems in the life of young men. The spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of life that for so long has gone unaddressed are delved into in detail. Although the book talks about young black men, this is a lesson for all young men.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2006
Mr. Whyte

I just finished reading your book, "LETTERS TO YOUNG BLACK MEN" and I am writing to commend you and thank you for writing it. I am making a list of folks that will be getting your book as a Christmas gift. And that includes my own two sons. Thank you for the manner/style that it was written in; personable, real, to the point, and with obvious love. I imagine that this writing style will easily be accepted from a male point of view. From a female point of view, it really touched my heart. I have a son who is currently in prison, 16 years, but will be coming home soon. Your book, along with a few others, i.e; the BIBLE, will give instruction and help to get him re-started in the right direction

Thank you again and God bless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
One of the best books I have read that all black men should read. I personally like the fact that the author starts off the book by encouraging black men to get to know The Lord and Saver Jesus Christ (which separated this book from Hill Harper's "Letters to a young black brother"). The Author then branches out and explores other areas such as Women, Education, and Wisdom that all black men should know about. This book is states suggest the information is for young black men but I believe white young men can benefit from this text as well. I have recommend this book for all African American men to buy, read, and apply to their lives. I hope this review helps you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2008
The objective of this book is great, but I felt that the author took too long in getting to subjects that would grab the attention of his target audience.

I bought this book for my son's 15th birthday and asked him to read it as a favor to me. I read it myself before giving it to him and, while the messages within were very positive, the initial ones came across as preachy. I was tempted to put the book down myself early on, but I am glad I kept reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
Would recommend - great for mentoring and understanding your youth as well as for the young. Get lay out and overall the information presented I found to be true!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
As a volunteer in ministry to young incarcerated men I have found this book to be a great tool. Some of the young men I lead in devotion and Bible study do not have the advice of a stong male figure in their lives. Daniel Whyte shares advice from his point of view with love and grace. Out of the 5 young men who have recieved this book I have heard great praise for how much they've learned. I've read it cover to cover and the lessons are there for anyone! Thanks, Daniel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2006
"It's a very valuable book to recommend to young men to read, I think it has a lot of potential and could have a good impact."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2006
"This book is so good, I'm buying 40 for my church bookstore today."
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