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Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America's Parents Hardcover – August 5, 2008

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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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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Haas on January 11, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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Format: Hardcover
As a social worker, parent and author, I recommend "Take Back Your Family" - Rev. Run and Justine have written frank accounts of their own parenting techniques, in a world that cries out for help with this delicate subject. Their book covers many topics including step-parenting, adoption and how they managed to work through their own grief after a miscarriage. But there is more ... much more. There are also realistic stories about their children and their children deserve credit for accepting exposure to several aspects of their life in the book. The commitment of their family as a unit, regarding the public and child-rearing issues in general, is commendable.

It is also a rich account of their own voyage thru a complicated journey as a blended family with an empathetic take on the struggles both single parents and couples face in their daily lives raising children. Without being patronizing, they manage to be very clear about the obstacles to wellness families face while sharing many a story of their own with the reader, while referring to their own youth and families-of-origin, which impacted their development as indidviuals, as a couple and as parents along the way.

I would recommend this book to all families. In addition, it should be on the bookshelf of any social service agency including adoption agencies, therapists and educators. Step-parents and those who struggle with adolescent children would benefit from this book as well as people who plan to have children some day, as it really gives you a concise analysis of the daily work of love parenting actually is.

As Rev. Run states, parenting does not stop once your children turn eighteen, it is an ongoing process.
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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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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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I have three young boys and I know what this world is coming to. I want to raise them with moral values and I want to know how to do that. This book doesn't hold anything back. It isn't sugar coated and it has real teenage problems that are scary sometimes. I now know how to watch for things and it has given me ideas on how to approach them. It gives you ideas on how to keep communication open with all family members.
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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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This book was inspiring and hard to put down!! I would definately recommend to others.
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Wow this is a must read I applaud Rev Run & Justine Simmons for thier outstanding work on this book! I am looking for more good reads from this Married couple. I could not put the book down from the first day the book arrived...I was impressed with the stories and illustrations as well.I appreciated their transparency that was displayed in this book...I learned a lot from Justine Simmons and have more of a great deal of respect for her as a Women, Wife, Mother,Friend,Mentor & and of course a sis in Christ Jesus. I encourage everyone to buy this book because this is what is needed to day in this society that we live in today.
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