It is not a secret that the United States incarcerates more people then everywhere else in the free world. However , this book demonstrates a different view of how families in general, play a role in the demise of a person suddenly finding themselves behind bars. The accountability piece comes in when a person does not possess sound decision making skills to overcome a bad outcome.
Jan 25, Pam Sloss rated it it was amazing Shelves: own. I enjoyed this book. I learned so much about the inmate experience from this books. It was also enlightening that someone would take the time to develop a relationship to move someone to a positive resolution. The book is written in epistolary form and includes letters from other recognizable figures as encouragement. Excellent book of motivation!!
Nov 03, Colton White rated it really liked it. Hill has such a way in captivating his readers. The unusual readers and even the frequent readers. The way he does his research and really tries to reach out to a friend whom he only knew for so long through a letter.
And because such a great mentor for that young man and so many others through this book. I had the pleasure of speaking with a young man in county, looking at so many years of prison. Who recommended this book to me, and it has changed me in so many ways, it is so helpful in many m Hill has such a way in captivating his readers.
Who recommended this book to me, and it has changed me in so many ways, it is so helpful in many more, if not for the resources, then for the message in every letter. I've seen this book alone change a view point on a young man's life. And I expect it to do so for many more across the nation Mar 29, Adrienna rated it liked it Shelves: adrienna-reads , borrowed-book , inspirational , nonfiction.
This hardcover read is pretty thick but as usual Hill Harper gets right to it. It saddens me that there are young black males and Hispanics locked behind bars for crimes they were falsely identified or just took the rap for stuff they didn't do. I strongly wonder, how can we encou This hardcover read is pretty thick but as usual Hill Harper gets right to it. I strongly wonder, how can we encourage and give hope to those inmates and see them be willing to change and break the cycle altogether. Most of them cannot focus on being or thinking positively since they are in a harsh reality.
We do not realize how strong our minds can be or how weak they are, and fragile a mind can be to the point of no return, or get a great return. This book is an eye-opener and things to consider in your own life as a whole. Just started and definitely thought-provoking and affirmations to make change in your own walk. Micro-quits was something to bite on for sure; even though he uses the brother's incarceration as an excuse to stop something and want to move to something else, I've realized we and me do this!
I guess we feel it's not bringing us to our ultimate goal. But it also had me reanalyze, why do we even start something to only quit and then have a rational reason or excuse when we do. Overall, this book is hard to rate since there are so many nuggets to take from it and learn as a whole.
I also heard Hill Harper say on Queen Latifah show in the brief moments on there that how hard it was to get this book in print! I can believe that Shelves: the I should have read the title of this book more carefully before I began reading, because I was expecting to hear more from inmates than the author.
Hill Harper, Harvard Law graduate, actor, humanitarian, and all-around pompous advice-giver, certainly has a lot to say about a system in which he has never been locked up. But, after the first quarter of the book or so, I warmed up to him. Although I found him a bit pedantic throughout, he truly does seem to care about the disenfranchisement of pris I should have read the title of this book more carefully before I began reading, because I was expecting to hear more from inmates than the author.
Although I found him a bit pedantic throughout, he truly does seem to care about the disenfranchisement of prisoners in this country. He has good statistics and other information, and he certainly does worlds to help the particular inmate with whom he is corresponding in the book. Harper's overall attitude toward life is healthy and positive. I began to find reading his words comforting. I applaud him for bringing the issues of the prison industrial complex to the fore. You would call that not a disease, but an error in judgment.
I never believed in the AA disease model.
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I didn't have a motor control problem; therefore, I could choose not to drink. And I didn't contract "alcoholism" from a bacteria, or a virus, and it didn't make me powerless. It was a negative coping mechanism I chose to use for a time. Not much more to it than that. Jun 27, Cassandra rated it it was amazing. I felt that Hill Harper's book, "Letter to an Incarcerated Brother" was much needed not only for brothers that are incarcerated but to the ones that may be headed down a path of destruction.
As Hill corresponded with this man who remains nameless, his patience and free will to help had been tested.
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There are letters provided by others such as celebrities, musicians, activists, etc. This book was very intriguing as Hill starts out on faith that gradually turned into victory that built a bond between the two of them. Hill can be considered Godsend as he allowed God to work through him to help others in need. Although he Hill has been put through many test he continued to provide intelligent and solid advice and critical information throughout the duration of this man's period of being incarcerated.
This is definitely a book I'd recommend to others. Dec 16, Adam rated it really liked it. While Harper's appeal to Angela Davis's nutty "prison-industrial complex" is unfortunate and unnecessary for the context of this work, thankfully all absurdist philosophies lose most of their power the moment practicality becomes the primary focus, for there's no meaningful relationship to reality in ridiculous ideas.
Harper's appeal to Davis's worldview is not completely harmless: African-American men have for generations used conspiracies to explain their condition, which deflects their person While Harper's appeal to Angela Davis's nutty "prison-industrial complex" is unfortunate and unnecessary for the context of this work, thankfully all absurdist philosophies lose most of their power the moment practicality becomes the primary focus, for there's no meaningful relationship to reality in ridiculous ideas.
Harper's appeal to Davis's worldview is not completely harmless: African-American men have for generations used conspiracies to explain their condition, which deflects their personal responsibility for the actual pathologies in their culture. In any case, I don't know that I've ever read a book with more practical application.
A powerful message from the heart, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother provides advice and inspiration in the face of despair along with encouraging words for restoring a sense of self-worth. As the founder of Manifest Your Destiny, a nonprofit outreach program for at-risk teens, Harper has seen firsthand the transformative effect of mentorship and the power of a positive role model. This latest addition to Hill Harper's Letters series delivers visionary, compassionate responses to the real-life circumstances of inmates.
With disturbing statistics on African-American incarceration rates on his mind, Harper set out to address the specific needs of inmates. Harper s powerful message from the heart provides advice and inspiration in the face of despair along with encouraging words for restoring a sense of self-worth. Uplifting and insightful, "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother"provides the hope and inspiration inmates and their families need.
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