Leonard Smith is the product of a broken home. The streets of Oakland, California raised him during the turbulent time of the 1980’s and created his belief system. The same streets that taught Leonard many lessons were both a gift and a curse. His name is well known on the streets and in the various Juvenile Detention Centers throughout the city of Oakland. Leonard has to constantly navigate between his feelings and his method of survival. The story of Leonard Smith is a cautionary tale of tragedy and triumph. Leonard’s life embodies what many youth face every day on the streets of every major city in America.
Let Me Tell You Like I Told Myself: Love’s Truth Never Changes
Let Me Tell You Like I Told Myself is a handy relationship tool to assist men and women with finding, trusting and following the truth in love; a compilation of fresh insight on a subject as old as time. You may consider it to be a reference guide for love. Summer Willow’s thoughtful honesty and motivating candor is not written for the clueless or faint of heart; but for those who are willing to evaluate their relationships from a truthful perspective. When it comes to love we don’t always want to admit the truth. Some of us fight 'head vs. heart' when it is time to say good bye and maybe when it is necessary to hold on; some of us may give in too soon. Let Me Tell You Like I Told Myself: Love's Truth Never Changes is a quick assist in mirroring truths in your relationships so that you can make the best choices for your heart.
Respect Your Choices: Finding Balance in Success
Twenty years ago, Vaughn J. McNeill, was a man struggling with his identity as a bi-racial man, being adopted, divorced, bankrupt, and homelessness. Determined to break out of a defeatist mindset and chasing dead-end dreams that were holding him back from success, Vaughn victoriously changed his life. Today, he lives the life of powerful choices.
In his book, Respect Your Choices: Finding Balance in Success, Vaughn shares his methods to creating a life that is rich in every way possible. Focusing on the three areas of life that must be refined to bring about positive outcomes – Purpose, Respect, and Choices, he identifies the framework upon which a fulfilled existence is built. Respect Your Choices offers thought provoking lessons, actionable plans, and personal experiences, and then makes clear that respecting your choices will help you find balance between your outlook and outcome.
If you change your perception, you change your outlook and once you change your outlook you change your outcome. Your outcome can be either positive or negative, as it’s relative to you!
THE BLACK BLOOD IN MY HEART
The Black Blood In My Heart tells the story of a young woman’s experience and escape from domestic violence. Through her ordeal, she had to learn how to escape from her abuser, reclaim her dignity, reconstruct her life, and rediscover her peace. Domestic violence doesn’t just happen “out there” somewhere. It happens in every state, city, and town.
In this “real-life” story, La’Mena Marie shares her personal accounts of being battered, raped and humiliated at the hands of her husband. When we take the vows of marriage, never do we expect for the phrase “Til death do us part” to be a literal action that our spouse attempts to make a reality. But when La’Mena said, “enough was enough” her attorney told her to write down the particular events to build a defense case in court to help her break free.
What was supposed to be a timeline of events to build a case against her ex-husband became a window into this woman’s story, this Diary! Every woman who has left an abusive man—every woman who has yet to leave—will find encouragement and hope from the voice of La’Mena Marie, a woman who broke free.