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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Former Run DMC front man turned MTV superstar and father extraordinaire, Rev Run offers his personal insights and those of his wife, Justine, about family life in today's fast-paced and money-driven society. On the surface, the book appears to be the typical TV spin-off memorabilia. But the recording and messages are powerful and offer a raw honesty lacking in most of today's family guidance books. Rev Run is no stranger to the recording studio, and his knack for captivating an audience is on display here. His voice is strong and commanding, yet Run never speaks down to his listeners. Justine also gives a straightforward yet personal reading, and the result is less a recorded audiobook than it is a deeply profound talk among the closest of friends. A Penguin hardcover.(Aug.)
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"Reverend Run and Justine take a stand for some radically counter-culturally ideas that happen to be correct."
- New York Post

"No matter what your family looks like, no matter how well your kids behave, this is...a book you'll take out often."
-The Philadelphia Tribune

"Written with charm, humor and candor, this inspirational read is sure to become the ideal resource for the 21st century family!"
-Black Beat

"In the category of family care books, this is a breath of fresh air."
-Sunday Citizen (Georgia)

"[The] messages are powerful and offer a raw honesty lacking in most of today's family guidance books."
-Publishers Weekly



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I would recommend this book to all families.
K. Kaolin
I liked it mostly 'cause it was written by someone i grew up listening to, had some similar experiences growing up as a kid in NY and I could truly relate.
JMW
Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and words of encouragement.
Barbara

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Spencer on November 4, 2009
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This book has a spiritual underline with a worldly twist! It has so many examples and reactions that I can now use their approaches for my children if those things arise in their lives. I love this book and wold recommend it to anyone!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on January 21, 2010
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This book was inspiring and hard to put down!! I would definately recommend to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TB on September 4, 2008
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It has been both an honor and a pleasure reading this book. Rev. Run and Justine put so much honesty and love into telling their story like no one else could. I truly enjoyed learning the quirks that go behind the scenes and getting a better understanding of their rise to fame. They are truly the American Dream!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia A. Navarro on August 29, 2008
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This a great book the title is right on. Not only to take back your family but a how to guide on how to get your life straight. I can't recommend this book enough. There are not enough words to discribe.
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By L. ANDERSON on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very positive book. Rev Run and Justine did an awesome job at "keeping it real" while giving some very good advice on how to raise children this day and age. I was initially hesitant to purchase this book because my children are still toddlers, however the advice given will stay with me for years. I can't imagine how different society will be if every parent followed the guidelines given in this book!
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By Sabrina Jennette on February 25, 2014
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Loved it. I'm finding this book to be very useful . Very good read. reading it for the second time.
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I love Rev. Run and watched Run's House when it aired. I have two boys who are not easy to care for so I got this book hoping for some insight on how to relate to them better while standing my ground in regards to rules. I kept finding myself annoyed over the constant mention over how much money HE has and how successful HE was and how wealthy HIS family is, and how on HIS show, etc. I was also put off by his comments about how important it is for minorities to raise their families right and how african american fathers and african american families need to heed his advice. I am a 36-year-old, white, middle-class mom. Why is it more important for minorities to pay attention to his advice? Is my family not equally important? White people have just as many struggles raising punk pre-teen boys as do minority families. In addition, he is a "reverend" who says Hip-Hop music will ALWAYS have a place in his house no matter what. Huh? I don't know of a single doctorately-educated, man of God who would allow any type of media that does not glorify God in his house. I love Hip-Hop music too but with kids around, I can't have music playing that has cursing, sexual references, or negative connotations and I'm not a reverend. I still like Rev. Run and find Justine incredibly beautiful. I love watching his kids grow into adults and I really do think he has good advice sometimes and he is a good dad; however, this book is not for everybody. Definately not an average, run-of-the-mill, ol' white mom.
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By Barbara on December 21, 2012
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This is a good book. Written very well. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and words of encouragement.
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