In the past two months, I had a great time reading three books. For all the addictive readers out there reading this story, please give me a break lol. I just became an addictive reader. The three books I read were Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention by Jay Williams, The Wait by Devon Franklin and Megan Good, and Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor.
Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention by Jay Williams was entertaining and super authentic. He suffered a life threatening and career ending injury due to a motorcycle accident. During that time he had to endure and face the pain of multiple surgeries, rigorous rehab, he faced depression, guilt, and suicidal thought. Just think about it. Being in your mid 20s having everything in the world at your hand and making millions of dollars…Nobody can tell you NO and it’s hard for you to say NO.
The Wait by Devon Franklin and Megan Good gave great advice on finding the love your life, and the life you love. Pursing marriage the “right way” by practicing celibacy is one the most if not the biggest spiritual advice both Franklin and Good expressed in this book. Honestly, I had no interest in reading this book, but once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down! The way Devon and Megan expressed their challenges, and past mistakes in words was extremely riveting. Riveting to me because, just imagine being a celebrity in this world where celebs are worshiped, you can have whatever you want and for the most part sleep with whoever you want to. Its easy to lose faith and your regilious beliefs living and being engaged in that type of lifestyle.
I just recently finished reading Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor. Its a true story about a young teen named Shaka Senghor who got convicted for Murder at the age of 19 and ended up serving time until he was 38 years old. Being able to read his words as he explained his childhood, the event that got him convicted, the 19 years in prison, it felt like I was right there going through the struggle with him smh.
The main thing that I took from the books I’ve read, is that Recovery is not easy SMDH. Matter of fact, at times Recovery is hard, hurtful, stressful, and painful. Jay Williams lost his career in a matter of seconds during his motorcycle accident. Devon Franklin was celibate for 10 years…10 years!!! Before meeting his Heaven Sent Wife. Shaka Senghor went to jail at the age of 19 and was released at the age of 38!! While incarcerated he didn’t get to see his kids walk for the first time, learn how to ride a bike, go to prom, or graduate.
Everybody loves to say, “I want to be saved, or I want to beat this obstacle or I’m going to bounce back from this challenge and not mess up again” but the reality is that we say a lot of things without knowing the obstacles and challenges that lie ahead of us. I’m super guilty of this!
Recovery doesn’t come easy. It may take weeks, months, years, or decades, for people to fully Recover from whatever they’re going thru in life. All of these indidvuals had to come to grips with the fact that if they really wanted to save their lives, and have a positive impact in their family lives and in the world, they needed to have Faith in God and they had to take on the challenge of Recovering.
Even though Recovery is not easy, its worth it. After reading all of these individuals testimonies and memoirs, they all needed it to understand the true meaning of Recovery.