Saturday, February 16, 2013

raise him up

    I chose to review Raise Him Up” by Derrick Moore and Stephanie Perry Moore because my daughter is a single mother and I was one briefly. When the book arrived and I showed it to her, her initial response was the same as mine is now. The book is dedicated to providing biblical and real life examples of how a single mother can successfully aid in the growth and development of a black male. For many this will be a much needed reference point and I am certain the book will be well a best seller or close to.
     “Raise him up” is 265 pages divided into two parts with twelve chapters. As I stated, it incorporates Bible principles as well as discussing various leaders found in Scripture to serve as a foundation for the theories presented.
    As with most reviews my personal opinions outside of the books’ topic influence my enthusiasm or lack thereof of a book. I chose the book because I know there are a lot of single mothers who are looking for guidance, as I read the book I began agreeing with my daughters’ opinion: single mothers are single mothers no matter what the pigment. Thus the emphasis on being a Black male took away the validity of the book, at least for me.
   Though it is a good thing to use Scripture when making life decisions it is important to remember that God created all people. The idea that there is a difference in raising a “successful black man” as oppose to a successful Asian man is, my opinion, one of the divisive tools used by Satan to keep God’s children apart.        
    Single parenting is not new to God. The bible states something very important in Genesis 21:20 about Ishmael the child of a single mother: “God watched over him for the rest of his life. Ishmael grew up, lived in the wilderness, and became an expert archer.” Every single mother should know that God is helping her raise her child in the way he or she should go.
  I cannot recommend this book . The goal should not be to raise a successful black man but to raise a successful man of God.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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