Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith

Rev Run, Author
Rev Run, Author Amistad Press $19.95 (220p) ISBN 978-0-06-114487-5
Reviewed on: 04/03/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
Paperback - 226 pages - 978-0-06-166015-3
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This book compiles the daily affirmations and words of wisdom of Rev Run (a.k.a. Joseph Simmons), a founding member of seminal rap group Run DMC who got serious about religion after the group parted ways. Shortly thereafter, he began writing and distributing daily advice on life to friends. As word spread about Run's words of wisdom, the list of those requesting his daily messages grew to be a who's who of CEOs, politicians, sports stars and music industry heavies. The wide appeal of Run's affirmations led to the publication of this book, a showcase of Run's impossibly optimistic outlook. There is no problem or experience that a positive attitude and a smile can't overcome. This is also the book's weakness, as the heavy reliance on positive thinking seems to give short shrift to the reality of suffering; If you dress sharp, smile and have a positive outlook, life will go your way. This message will appeal to some (like the successful, high-profile subscribers to Run's daily affirmation e-mail list), but for many, this too-simple worldview will seem like a one-dimensional pep talk. Fans of Run DMC and those looking for lighter self-help fare will find the book enjoyable, but those looking for a guide for improving their lives will be unsatisfied.
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