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Reviewed: Jun 30, 2008
8 Steps To Create The Life You Want: The Anatomy of a Successful Life by Creflo Dollar; Read by Leonard Dozier Hachette Audio, January 2008 Pages, AudioBook, $22.98 ISBN: 160024064X Genre: Inspirational
RAW Rating: 3.0 (out of 5)
Dreams Come True
Creflo Dollar presents 8 biblically based principles he believes will help readers live the life they dream about in 8 STEPS TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT. Each principle is presented with personal examples from Pastor Dollar's life along with numerous scripture references. He places a great deal of emphasis on the importance our thoughts play on our successes and failures, and on not allowing past experiences to cripple the future. He discusses the importance of serving God and having faith in Him, even when we are going through difficult times, and he argues that in doing so, healing often results. His personal example, depression after a loss in his family and his dedication to remaining committed to doing God's work, will inspire readers to do the same when faced with challenges of their own.
8 STEPS TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT is packed with practical tips and supporting scripture, however, the audio book version poses some unique challenges, despite the fact that Leonard Dozier did an excellent job reading. Many readers, like myself, tend to multi-task when listening to audio books and listen while driving or exercising. The challenge for multitaskers is that numerous scriptures are cited throughout, but not read. As a result, listeners need to keep a pen and pad handy so they can take notes and write down scriptures to look up later in order to get the most from this book. While I would rate the print version higher, I still recommend the audio version of 8 STEPS TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT, especially for those who may not otherwise find time to read it. In a perfect world, readers would purchase both versions, the audio for listening and the print version for further research.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay, RAWSISTAZ.com ---- Stacey Seay is a native of Northern Virginia where she currently resides. She is a stay-at-home Mom, an avid reader, and the Children's Editor for RAWSISTAZ.
A Few New Rules
This year, it's time to get 'Real'
This week, we borrow the “New Rules” format that comedian Bill Maher uses to close his HBO show Real Time to discuss some final thoughts on Black History Month. Submitted for your approval, here are the “City Beat New Rules.”
City Beat New Rule: For every black musical/comedy/gospel play there must be five dramatic plays.
There is no form of expression where people of color have been as free to express themselves as in the theater. I’m tired of seeing that freedom squandered. While you still have the right to set Soul Plane to music, give it a gospel message and put every living cast member from That’s My Momma in it — please stop calling that theater. And don’t call it black theater! Let’s see more stage plays being produced locally like August Wilson’s Fences or The Piano Lesson or the classic Sounder. (Thanks to Leonard Dozier and Cineplay Productions for bringing an important drama to town last weekend with A Raisin in the Sun at Dante Hall.)
City Beat New Rule: The House Of Blues must stop being corny.
I like as much hard rock as the next Democrat, but the House of Blues in Atlantic City must lift its ban on hip-hop and soul music. I did speak with a rep from HOB over the phone and he assured me that we wouldn’t go a whole year with out seeing a good hip-hop or R&B act on stage there. Last year we enjoyed the Roots, Vivian Green, Floetry, India.Arie, Aretha Franklin and James Brown’s last two local appearances at HOB. Bring back the soul please! I am worried that the HOB in Philly will get all the good acts and we’ll be stuck with tribute bands and an occasional B-list reggae artist.
City Beat New Rule: Hard-working and talented black people need not be Gone with the Wind humble.
I never realized how sickening I can be expressing my gratefulness for this column and other opportunities I’ve been blessed with. Someone recently remarked to me that they liked Jennifer Hudson because she seemed so humble. There is no reason for Hudson to be humble. She has the best pipes I’ve heard since a pre-crack Whitney. She is a stunning beauty and turned in a great acting job in Dreamgirls. While I’m glad she isn’t using the word “diva” every five minutes, Hudson does have a right to be proud of her hard work. The problem is, when you’re black, you feel like your often sneaking in the front door because we still get so few opportunities. Then, if we’re not humble, we get nasty labels attached to us. So I propose that from now on, hard-working and successful people of color have the right to act like Bill Cosby.
City Beat New Rule: If Black History Month must be in February then Black Future Month should be in July.
That’s right, even if it’s a one-day celebration, I promise to bring this area a celebration of the future of black people during the hottest month of the year — so stay tuned.
The inspiration is the City of Atlantic City’s Black History Month programs. The current director of recreation for the city, Shermaine Gunter-Gary, organized a month-long celebration of our young people this past February. Unfortunately, because of the various snowstorms, etc. dates had to be moved around and the venues had to be juggled due to availability. Through it all, the city’s recreation department pulled off a brilliant array of contests to celebrate black history including competitions in the visual arts, dance and drill, and writing categories. At the closing celebration at The MLK Complex, standing next to Mayor Levy, Gunter-Gary promised that the multi-media arts celebrations would continue next year.
Additional articles by Raymond Tyler:
Hear the Musiq (Aug 14 '08) We’ll Miss Edie Huggins (Aug 07 '08) Artists’ Homecoming (Jul 31 '08) Times Are A-Changing (Jul 24 '08) City Beat (Jul 17 '08)