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A Dilation of Toke Makinwa's 'On Becoming'

​“To become, I must shed it all. – Toke Makinwa.

On Becoming

Hey guys, happy weekend. . . trust you’re enjoying it;). Today I bring you a review. . .nope, a dilation thats the way I like to call it??
This is one book I was a little bit more than hesitant to review and the reasons being that so many people have had a lot to say about this book up to celebrity singers and writers and then I felt like what right do I have to see things differently when almost everyone is seeing things this way and that way. Nonetheless, I decided to.
Things you must know before you read this post is that;
1. You don’t have to buy my point.
2. I really do not place so much emphasis on what many people think the  primary or secondary reasons of Toke were for writing this book like I do care about the message. There are so many opinions about why Toke wrote this book. I’ve read stuffs like cashing out on her story like a Nigerian Kardashian that she is, to destroy Maje Ayida, to expose her foolery to the world, etc. Why is this story a must tell? . . . To explain her side of the story? To inspire and encourage others not to make the same mistakes she made and to remind them they are more than enough? To play the victim card? To put Maje on a blast? Was that her yielding to the prophecy and instruction given by God to write? This is for her to answer and is for everyone who read the book to decide, whatever that suits you! But for me, I guess I understood the purpose of this book. 
3. This book is very personal to me. I have read more memoirs in my life than I have read manufactured stories and I can say out of all those books, this is the third book I did take personal. At a point, I got tired of trying to leave comments on posts regarding this book because I felt like each time I leave a comment, people still don’t get it and I tend to look like mumu because the truth will always remain that people will continue to see things from the angle they’ve experienced.
4. This is going to be a post not focused on irrelevancies like the cost of the book, or the seemingly too much details she revealed, why making caps and shirts, etc. . . not my business.
5. And probably this is not your usual type of review. . . thank God my caption didn’t say review.
Now shall we;
I am not reviewing this book as a literary piece ‘cos there is absolutely nothing literary about it and I won’t be calling it a spiritual piece either but I think I feel comfortable calling it a celebrity memoir aiming at inspiring and educating.
As a young lady who has journeyed, had her fair share of life experiences and have made mistakes and still prone to, I know better than to judge a woman making herself vulnerable through the pages of her book and also becoming herself. I have spent the past couple of days reading, digesting, regurgitating and spitting comments of people about this book. Still, I need not to recheck if the reason I was feeling different is because I was trying to imagine something different about the book or because I happened to share my birth date with this Best Selling Author. Then I thought, what were some people thinking? This is not a Joyce Meyer, Kimberly Porter, Heather Lindsey, Sarah Jakes or Adara Butler’s book. ‘Cos I think some people were expecting to see such degree in Toke’s book. We are all called differently to function in purpose by telling our story in different capacities. That is why I couldn’t have imagined a better way for her to write the book. I wasn’t disappointed.
About the Author

Toke Makinwa a.k.a. Tokstarr, Morning Rose is a Nigerian OAP on Rhythm FM Lagos and a co-host on Moments on Ebony Life TV. She’s one of the most controversial Nigeria Celebrities, a very hardworking mediapreneur and fashion slayer. Last year, she was a topic for discussion as her marriage of one year to her beau of 13 years, Maje Ayida came crumbling within a year amidst infidelity and pregnant ex-girlfriend scandal. She moved on from the relationship which she had never spoken about until now in her debut book which she released 28th November, 2016.

“We didn’t like Ruth very much; she reported our every infraction to our parents. Grace was nicer. My mum needed two helps because things had gotten very busy for her with her business. Ruth and Grace used to take alternate weekends off. Unknown to my mum, a rivalry had developed between the two women and they stopped talking to each other. This was why one of them wasn’t aware when the gas cylinder developed a leak, because one failed to tell the other.”




On Becoming is a 14-chaptered book that narrated the story of a death-stolen childhood as Toke watched her parents’ burn in a gas-ignited fire accident at their home due to malice between their two house helps, Grace and Ruth. This event which finally led to their death became the bedrock of all that followed from a dragging academic life, reckless living and lassitude towards some things. She tried to find a fix in different things and relationships which led to her 13 years relationship and one year marriage with her estranged husband. This fix consequently led to more damages, pain, abused dignity and a chronic loss of self-esteem till she came to a melting point that led to another turning point as she took solace in God, struggled with letting go and finally facing her fears as she took the divorce option, dealt with letting go and journeyed to wholeness.
True that the bone of contention was her marriage; how it crashed within a year and the reason for the crash but she took us through a chapter of her growing up, 12 chapters dedicated to the details of her relationship and one chapter about the other woman and another chapter that really addressed the crux of the book! But to really understand her journey to become, all those chapters were very necessary maybe not so detailed.
I’ve read so many analyses and I just think this book is more than the breakdown so many are giving it. I am not trying to defend Toke or speak for her but I think until you find yourself in a particular situation, you don’t have a right to judge the choices made by that person. It is easy to watch from afar and make conclusions but trust me, you ain’t gonna make a better choice if you were there. This is a case of severe battered self-esteem and bottled pain from the past that led to holding on to wrong love, believing you couldn’t find better and unnecessary determination to make it work even though it’s hurting you.
Why didn’t she leave? Why did she continue to use the cream afterwards? The society always blames everything on the woman, what about the man, he is a beast, heartless. . . If the lady’s pregnancy hadn’t become a public thing, would she have left? When she knew she was going through all those things, why was she advising people to do what she couldn’t bring herself to do?
Someone said she chose love over wisdom. Dysfunction has a way of presenting itself as love. Toke didn’t choose love, she chose dysfunction over herself. She was stuck, the more reason she couldn’t leave even though she was having all those green lights both left, right and centre. She just couldn’t walk away, after all these years? Where would she start from? These are the lies the devil keeps bringing. Bad relationships have a way of making you feel weak. You love this person and you wanna believe so much that they’d change if you keep giving them chances over and over again that you refuse to see how much it has sagged you and how little by little, it has gone from love to dysfunction. 
Love shouldn’t hurt but love hurts only when it’s one sided. You keep doing all the loving and the other person treats you like being with you is doing you a favour and in all of these things that you know, you still couldn’t bear to see yourself leave. Maybe with time, he’d see me. . . maybe he’d come around with time and why you keep staying you’d never seem to understand. That’s why she kept holding on even when everybody wasn’t a fan of that relationship. 
She loved up. Ignored her instincts, her dreams, the witty sayings from Maje’s mum and advice from my his sister ‘cos she didn’t feel good enough and she just wanna keep seeing the good in the man. She never felt good; you see yourself through the reflection of the other person. The more reason she was willing to put herself in harm’s way, bleaching her skin and begging to know if it was all about the sex styles, she was willing to learn, including accepting to make a sex tape.
One thing I’ve learnt in life is that stop seeing the good in people all the time if you are becoming the victim of the bad you ignored over and over again.
Loving him was wrong but she didn’t care because she never loved herself too. It was all about him and little about her. Heather Lindsey would always say, it’s not in your place to change somebody. Don’t make yourself an altar of sacrifice for a man. You’re not God; you’re not the Holy Spirit that convicts and changes.
Why didn’t she leave?
I bet she had asked herself this question over and over. At the end, you realize everything was hinged on low self-esteem. You will never understand something you’ve never experienced and I don’t pray anybody do, ‘cos it’s not a sweet one.
Why did she continue to use the cream afterwards? Did Maje put a gun to her head?
When did the relationship end that’s now about why didn’t she stop! What’s the point in this question I asked myself. She was never gonna get back her original skin colour, she has no choice but to maintain the one she has now. And no, he didn’t put a gun to her head, she was just going through a cycle of dysfunctional relationship that she was willing to do the unbelievable to win him; please herself to displease him.
The society always blames everything on the woman, what about the man, he is a beast, heartless. . .
This has nothing to do with how the society views women. One of the things I’ve learnt in my journey is that admittance comes most times with having to deal with a higher percentage of the blame if not all. She allowed it, that she didn’t deny. So don’t let us make this about the society blaming her. No one is lauding Maje Ayida and the point of the book was never to name-call anyone but Nigerians, we care so much about the gossip that we wanna name call and blame all the way cos truthfully, I don’t even care about the guy, what he had done, he had done! I think we are the ones even making this book so much about him. She had accepted all that she needed to, let us leave two adults to live in peace and pick the lessons we find worthy in the book. . . We don’t always need to have a say all the time. The purpose wasn’t for us to analyse but to learn something.
If the lady’s pregnancy hadn’t become a public thing, would she have left?
Probably not or maybe she would have. But there is something they call the last straw or last nerve. . . it has a way of giving you back the sense you lost along the way. It’s always the point where everything changes.
When she knew she was going through all those things, why was she advising people to do what she couldn’t bring herself to do?
Yes, that wasn’t fair but there is something I always say, that in all those pains you can still find time to edify! *my quote* lol. . . Maybe while she was doing it she wasn’t even doing it knowing she was edifying others but probably keeping appearances and trying to be sane yet I know some people were helped by it. She wasn’t sincere with her process and that is okay but sometimes you find it so difficult to apply the same advice you give to people in your own situation but the truth is one day, you will have to take that advice and that day actually really came for her.
I know there’s no justification for selling a lie, having her vlogger family believe she had the dream marriage when she didn’t, still it’s the same way there’s no purpose in if only, why didn’t she. . . Why waste your energy trying to justify a past she already took responsibility? T. D. Jakes says, in our pain there’s a purpose and in our mess there’s a message and God did it with her and the point is, if He did it before, He can do it again.
Truthfully, most times I don’t understand her, especially when she released that video about Things you do in your 20s and 30s. . . cos you can’t be kind of a Christian and kind of wordly at the same time still, it’s not in our place to write people off! You have no idea what God wants to do with them. . . Sometimes I don’t understand myself, the same some of us don’t do too at times, but the truth is if we are supposed to understand people before we love them, half of the world is gonna remain unloved. We are all a work in progress hoping to see what our finished product looks like and we don’t grow at the same rate either. Let us stop with the castigating, name-calling, shaming and trying to rewrite a story that has been played out but you can change how it plays out in yours or someone you know’s if only you focus on the message and stop trying to read meanings into it or expect Maje’s book. . .  like some people were asking Maje if it was true she gave Toke STI. . . Haba!
Favourites from the Book:
1. My favourite chapter was Chapter 14 titled Healing. There’s that point where you come to a place of admittance, acceptance and sincerity towards yourself. Your faults, mistakes, choices, take responsibilities for your part which sometimes happen to be more on your side, deal with regrets, how unchangeable the past is, how unpredictable the future is but still you trust God; this is the stage where you deal with the why, how, what. . . no more running, no more denial, forgiving self and the other parties, letting go and letting God.  
2. I love the writing style. Simple and engaging.
3. Quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

3. I love the metaphoric significance of the of Chapter 10 which was the only Chapter with Toke’s quote. The message is encoded in that quote.
Difficulty
There was something about the tenses I didn’t quite understand especially in the first chapter.
Recommendation
I know that 99.9% of readers read the book to satisfy their curiosity in different forms it took and had also successfully came up with our interpretation of the book, I hope whatever aim she had releasing this book will be achieved and yea, I do know how it feels like to still have some residue left in there but I trust God to make it all go away like it never happened. Finally, I know this book is gonna be useful to anyone who truly needs the message in it.
Rating: 8/10
I read she’s preparing for her 2nd and 3rd book. Thank you Toke for sharing your story with us. I pray everything she’s lost in her valley experience God will restore in a trillion folds and I hope your life will always be one that speaks God and shows godliness and I hope you heal totally and truly be yourself in God.
Have a nice read!!! This book is available everywhere in hardcover, paperback and eBook.
Till I come your way again, don’t stop becoming bold, strong, daring, fearless and the best version of yourselves in God!?
Xoxo???
~ Ibukunwrites❤❤❤

Judge miles only if you’ve walked them. ~ Ibukunwrites.

A Dilation of Toke Makinwa's 'On Becoming'

​“To become, I must shed it all. – Toke Makinwa.

On Becoming

Hey guys, happy weekend. . . trust you’re enjoying it;). Today I bring you a review. . .nope, a dilation thats the way I like to call it??
This is one book I was a little bit more than hesitant to review and the reasons being that so many people have had a lot to say about this book up to celebrity singers and writers and then I felt like what right do I have to see things differently when almost everyone is seeing things this way and that way. Nonetheless, I decided to.
Things you must know before you read this post is that;
1. You don’t have to buy my point.
2. I really do not place so much emphasis on what many people think the  primary or secondary reasons of Toke were for writing this book like I do care about the message. There are so many opinions about why Toke wrote this book. I’ve read stuffs like cashing out on her story like a Nigerian Kardashian that she is, to destroy Maje Ayida, to expose her foolery to the world, etc. Why is this story a must tell? . . . To explain her side of the story? To inspire and encourage others not to make the same mistakes she made and to remind them they are more than enough? To play the victim card? To put Maje on a blast? Was that her yielding to the prophecy and instruction given by God to write? This is for her to answer and is for everyone who read the book to decide, whatever that suits you! But for me, I guess I understood the purpose of this book. 
3. This book is very personal to me. I have read more memoirs in my life than I have read manufactured stories and I can say out of all those books, this is the third book I did take personal. At a point, I got tired of trying to leave comments on posts regarding this book because I felt like each time I leave a comment, people still don’t get it and I tend to look like mumu because the truth will always remain that people will continue to see things from the angle they’ve experienced.
4. This is going to be a post not focused on irrelevancies like the cost of the book, or the seemingly too much details she revealed, why making caps and shirts, etc. . . not my business.
5. And probably this is not your usual type of review. . . thank God my caption didn’t say review.
Now shall we;
I am not reviewing this book as a literary piece ‘cos there is absolutely nothing literary about it and I won’t be calling it a spiritual piece either but I think I feel comfortable calling it a celebrity memoir aiming at inspiring and educating.
As a young lady who has journeyed, had her fair share of life experiences and have made mistakes and still prone to, I know better than to judge a woman making herself vulnerable through the pages of her book and also becoming herself. I have spent the past couple of days reading, digesting, regurgitating and spitting comments of people about this book. Still, I need not to recheck if the reason I was feeling different is because I was trying to imagine something different about the book or because I happened to share my birth date with this Best Selling Author. Then I thought, what were some people thinking? This is not a Joyce Meyer, Kimberly Porter, Heather Lindsey, Sarah Jakes or Adara Butler’s book. ‘Cos I think some people were expecting to see such degree in Toke’s book. We are all called differently to function in purpose by telling our story in different capacities. That is why I couldn’t have imagined a better way for her to write the book. I wasn’t disappointed.
About the Author

Toke Makinwa a.k.a. Tokstarr, Morning Rose is a Nigerian OAP on Rhythm FM Lagos and a co-host on Moments on Ebony Life TV. She’s one of the most controversial Nigeria Celebrities, a very hardworking mediapreneur and fashion slayer. Last year, she was a topic for discussion as her marriage of one year to her beau of 13 years, Maje Ayida came crumbling within a year amidst infidelity and pregnant ex-girlfriend scandal. She moved on from the relationship which she had never spoken about until now in her debut book which she released 28th November, 2016.

“We didn’t like Ruth very much; she reported our every infraction to our parents. Grace was nicer. My mum needed two helps because things had gotten very busy for her with her business. Ruth and Grace used to take alternate weekends off. Unknown to my mum, a rivalry had developed between the two women and they stopped talking to each other. This was why one of them wasn’t aware when the gas cylinder developed a leak, because one failed to tell the other.”




On Becoming is a 14-chaptered book that narrated the story of a death-stolen childhood as Toke watched her parents’ burn in a gas-ignited fire accident at their home due to malice between their two house helps, Grace and Ruth. This event which finally led to their death became the bedrock of all that followed from a dragging academic life, reckless living and lassitude towards some things. She tried to find a fix in different things and relationships which led to her 13 years relationship and one year marriage with her estranged husband. This fix consequently led to more damages, pain, abused dignity and a chronic loss of self-esteem till she came to a melting point that led to another turning point as she took solace in God, struggled with letting go and finally facing her fears as she took the divorce option, dealt with letting go and journeyed to wholeness.
True that the bone of contention was her marriage; how it crashed within a year and the reason for the crash but she took us through a chapter of her growing up, 12 chapters dedicated to the details of her relationship and one chapter about the other woman and another chapter that really addressed the crux of the book! But to really understand her journey to become, all those chapters were very necessary maybe not so detailed.
I’ve read so many analyses and I just think this book is more than the breakdown so many are giving it. I am not trying to defend Toke or speak for her but I think until you find yourself in a particular situation, you don’t have a right to judge the choices made by that person. It is easy to watch from afar and make conclusions but trust me, you ain’t gonna make a better choice if you were there. This is a case of severe battered self-esteem and bottled pain from the past that led to holding on to wrong love, believing you couldn’t find better and unnecessary determination to make it work even though it’s hurting you.
Why didn’t she leave? Why did she continue to use the cream afterwards? The society always blames everything on the woman, what about the man, he is a beast, heartless. . . If the lady’s pregnancy hadn’t become a public thing, would she have left? When she knew she was going through all those things, why was she advising people to do what she couldn’t bring herself to do?
Someone said she chose love over wisdom. Dysfunction has a way of presenting itself as love. Toke didn’t choose love, she chose dysfunction over herself. She was stuck, the more reason she couldn’t leave even though she was having all those green lights both left, right and centre. She just couldn’t walk away, after all these years? Where would she start from? These are the lies the devil keeps bringing. Bad relationships have a way of making you feel weak. You love this person and you wanna believe so much that they’d change if you keep giving them chances over and over again that you refuse to see how much it has sagged you and how little by little, it has gone from love to dysfunction. 
Love shouldn’t hurt but love hurts only when it’s one sided. You keep doing all the loving and the other person treats you like being with you is doing you a favour and in all of these things that you know, you still couldn’t bear to see yourself leave. Maybe with time, he’d see me. . . maybe he’d come around with time and why you keep staying you’d never seem to understand. That’s why she kept holding on even when everybody wasn’t a fan of that relationship. 
She loved up. Ignored her instincts, her dreams, the witty sayings from Maje’s mum and advice from my his sister ‘cos she didn’t feel good enough and she just wanna keep seeing the good in the man. She never felt good; you see yourself through the reflection of the other person. The more reason she was willing to put herself in harm’s way, bleaching her skin and begging to know if it was all about the sex styles, she was willing to learn, including accepting to make a sex tape.
One thing I’ve learnt in life is that stop seeing the good in people all the time if you are becoming the victim of the bad you ignored over and over again.
Loving him was wrong but she didn’t care because she never loved herself too. It was all about him and little about her. Heather Lindsey would always say, it’s not in your place to change somebody. Don’t make yourself an altar of sacrifice for a man. You’re not God; you’re not the Holy Spirit that convicts and changes.
Why didn’t she leave?
I bet she had asked herself this question over and over. At the end, you realize everything was hinged on low self-esteem. You will never understand something you’ve never experienced and I don’t pray anybody do, ‘cos it’s not a sweet one.
Why did she continue to use the cream afterwards? Did Maje put a gun to her head?
When did the relationship end that’s now about why didn’t she stop! What’s the point in this question I asked myself. She was never gonna get back her original skin colour, she has no choice but to maintain the one she has now. And no, he didn’t put a gun to her head, she was just going through a cycle of dysfunctional relationship that she was willing to do the unbelievable to win him; please herself to displease him.
The society always blames everything on the woman, what about the man, he is a beast, heartless. . .
This has nothing to do with how the society views women. One of the things I’ve learnt in my journey is that admittance comes most times with having to deal with a higher percentage of the blame if not all. She allowed it, that she didn’t deny. So don’t let us make this about the society blaming her. No one is lauding Maje Ayida and the point of the book was never to name-call anyone but Nigerians, we care so much about the gossip that we wanna name call and blame all the way cos truthfully, I don’t even care about the guy, what he had done, he had done! I think we are the ones even making this book so much about him. She had accepted all that she needed to, let us leave two adults to live in peace and pick the lessons we find worthy in the book. . . We don’t always need to have a say all the time. The purpose wasn’t for us to analyse but to learn something.
If the lady’s pregnancy hadn’t become a public thing, would she have left?
Probably not or maybe she would have. But there is something they call the last straw or last nerve. . . it has a way of giving you back the sense you lost along the way. It’s always the point where everything changes.
When she knew she was going through all those things, why was she advising people to do what she couldn’t bring herself to do?
Yes, that wasn’t fair but there is something I always say, that in all those pains you can still find time to edify! *my quote* lol. . . Maybe while she was doing it she wasn’t even doing it knowing she was edifying others but probably keeping appearances and trying to be sane yet I know some people were helped by it. She wasn’t sincere with her process and that is okay but sometimes you find it so difficult to apply the same advice you give to people in your own situation but the truth is one day, you will have to take that advice and that day actually really came for her.
I know there’s no justification for selling a lie, having her vlogger family believe she had the dream marriage when she didn’t, still it’s the same way there’s no purpose in if only, why didn’t she. . . Why waste your energy trying to justify a past she already took responsibility? T. D. Jakes says, in our pain there’s a purpose and in our mess there’s a message and God did it with her and the point is, if He did it before, He can do it again.
Truthfully, most times I don’t understand her, especially when she released that video about Things you do in your 20s and 30s. . . cos you can’t be kind of a Christian and kind of wordly at the same time still, it’s not in our place to write people off! You have no idea what God wants to do with them. . . Sometimes I don’t understand myself, the same some of us don’t do too at times, but the truth is if we are supposed to understand people before we love them, half of the world is gonna remain unloved. We are all a work in progress hoping to see what our finished product looks like and we don’t grow at the same rate either. Let us stop with the castigating, name-calling, shaming and trying to rewrite a story that has been played out but you can change how it plays out in yours or someone you know’s if only you focus on the message and stop trying to read meanings into it or expect Maje’s book. . .  like some people were asking Maje if it was true she gave Toke STI. . . Haba!
Favourites from the Book:
1. My favourite chapter was Chapter 14 titled Healing. There’s that point where you come to a place of admittance, acceptance and sincerity towards yourself. Your faults, mistakes, choices, take responsibilities for your part which sometimes happen to be more on your side, deal with regrets, how unchangeable the past is, how unpredictable the future is but still you trust God; this is the stage where you deal with the why, how, what. . . no more running, no more denial, forgiving self and the other parties, letting go and letting God.  
2. I love the writing style. Simple and engaging.
3. Quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

3. I love the metaphoric significance of the of Chapter 10 which was the only Chapter with Toke’s quote. The message is encoded in that quote.
Difficulty
There was something about the tenses I didn’t quite understand especially in the first chapter.
Recommendation
I know that 99.9% of readers read the book to satisfy their curiosity in different forms it took and had also successfully came up with our interpretation of the book, I hope whatever aim she had releasing this book will be achieved and yea, I do know how it feels like to still have some residue left in there but I trust God to make it all go away like it never happened. Finally, I know this book is gonna be useful to anyone who truly needs the message in it.
Rating: 8/10
I read she’s preparing for her 2nd and 3rd book. Thank you Toke for sharing your story with us. I pray everything she’s lost in her valley experience God will restore in a trillion folds and I hope your life will always be one that speaks God and shows godliness and I hope you heal totally and truly be yourself in God.
Have a nice read!!! This book is available everywhere in hardcover, paperback and eBook.
Till I come your way again, don’t stop becoming bold, strong, daring, fearless and the best version of yourselves in God!?
Xoxo???
~ Ibukunwrites❤❤❤

Judge miles only if you’ve walked them. ~ Ibukunwrites.

Tomilola 'Coco' Adeyemo's THE REUNION Review – All Shades of Hot

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A mind-blowing sensual tale of  betrayal, seduction, intimidation, money, passion, emotions, love, sex and payback. It’s one hell of romance.

~ Ibukunwrites

Having hit the financial rock bottom, Ibukun Soetan is at the mercy of starting from the scratch and building a mansion from the debris left of her life and in the bid to finding an investor who might be interested in her business proposal, she rekindled a contact with an old classmate from Secondary School days, who is not only interested in investing but has a different way of doing business. 
Swindled of her possessions by her ex, Malik Douglas, sparing her house and a few clothes, Ibukun Soetan had lost her glow until she decided to stop her pity-party and go for a shake off at her Secondary School Alumni Reunion hoping to get a few contacts that might help her bounce back financially.
Luckily and unluckily, she ran into an old classmate of hers who used to crush on her back then but never arrested her gaze, Yemi Edwards; who now happened to be a man of beauty, affluence and influence; he was her answer to unspoken prayers. Only that Yemi Edwards was still very much into Ibukun Soetan and he wants to continue where his emotions left off but Ibukun wasn’t about to have none of that even though he could solve her problems and he was desperate enough to have her without commitments, no matter what.
Did he have her? Did she give in? Was there a twist? You won’t know until you read.
This is a good read. Tomi took us on a wild romance drive. I actually read this book twice; on a cup of chilled garri drink, smoked fish and a well-prepared efo riro only the first time though but not enough to cloud my judgment. I love the start and the finish of this book. The plot is awesome and quite unpredictable to an extent. It’s not your everyday Nollywood plot. I feel like telling it all but would it have been a review if I decide to tell it all?. . .
In short, this is a story well told. It is a story of from rocky to bliss. The description game was 100; characterization game, 100; I love the character name Boobsie. . . dialogue, 100 and the music and celebrity ‘imagery’ (infusion) was lovely; I like that part about Lil Kesh. . . lol. This book is hard to fault. I couldn’t have expected less. Tomilola is a badass storyteller. So far, this is still my best romance of the year. . .
Conclusively, this is a mind blowing sensual tale of betrayal, seduction, intimidation, passion, emotions, money, love, sex and payback. It’s one hell of romance!
Rating – 10. (Yea, it’s that good!)
Outside the review – This book is not for perverts; but you might still wanna renew your mind after reading this one *lmao*
Thank you Tomi for an amazing read!. . . looking forward to another mindbluster.
Get your copy on okadabooks.com for zero penny! how generous is that – just search, The Reunion!
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Tomi blogs fiction on Scribespad. She has quite a reputation for slaying storytelling from the days of 360nobs. . . She’s a Screenwriter with lots to her credit, A Feminist and also a coke addict *winks*. . . I wish I knew her more than from afar from the Pit Theatre days but I know her now and that’s all that matters *hehehehe*. . . the handle is @tomilolacoco on IG and @tomilola_coco on Twitter.
Looking forward to y’all’s feedback on this one. . . let me know when you read!
Mwah! Till I come again. . . don’t stop refreshing! And yea, it’s my first official fiction review on the blog. . . watch out for more!!!!!!

Payback is a bitch. . .
© 2016. Ebukun Gbemisola Ogunyemi

Movie Review: The Red Tent

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Hello guys, been a while. . . so this would be my last post for this week and I’m gonna be super super busy for some time but I’m gonna try to keep to my words and be frequent as much as possible and also this movie review is gonna be a weekly one and also a book review that one is gonna be monthly plus the giveaway promised.
So here goes the movie review I promised. . .
I kinda have Derin a friend of mine to thank for this film. She mentioned it on snap chat with a very attention-grabbing caption and then I went searching on YouTube for the film and voilà, I found it and here I am today, reviewing it! . . . The Film is THE RED TENT.
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The film is a Lifetime Television’s adaptation of Anita Diamant’s novel ‘The Red Tent’, an historical book published in October, 1997 *such a long time you’d say*. . . It’s a broadened story about Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob that the Bible never really said much about. . .   
The film is a miniseries with two episodes/parts each running for two hours and was directed by Roger Young and it was premiered on Lifetime in December, 2014. . . The film tells the story of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah beyond what the Bible fed us with. . . The character, Dinah who was the main character story was played by  Rebecca Ferguson and she was fabulous and excellent and I just couldn’t resist her. . . she was the narrator of the film. She took us through each stage of her life from childhood to adulthood as she started from the story of how Jacob ran to Laban, fell in love with Rachael,  married Leah first and then Rachael; how Laban pushed Jacob to the wall causing them to leave, Jacob reuniting with Esau, meeting Rebecca again and how she grew up into herself and the cordial relationship that existed between her and Joseph!. . . Dinah narrated the story of The Red Tent and the secrets of the Red Tent.

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Rebecca Ferguson as Dinah and Ian Glen as Jacob

Plot
Plot was awesomely inventive. . . The story lets us into the character of Leah, Rachael, Zilpah and Bilhah the handmaids who also bore Jacob sons. . . And also, the secret of the tent which is where the women of Jacob’s tribe must, according to the ancient law, take refuge while menstruating or giving birth, and in which they find mutual support and encouragement from their mothers, sisters and aunts and men were not allowed in; and how this teaching and secret was an integral part of Dinah’s life. . . This is a story beyond what the Bible told us about Dinah . . . Yes, Dinah lost her pride to the Prince of Shechem, and her brothers in revenge thinking their sister was raped slain the men after they were circumcised, the Bible stopped there but a lot happened afterwards. . . Jacob lost Dinah, she cursed him, left her home to bury Prince Shalem, she had a son, lost her son, found her son and ended up reuniting with Joseph and forgiving her Father and she ended up spending the rest of her days in the loving arms of Benia, her second husband.
The movie wasn’t a slow one and no scene was unnecessary. Every scene was important to the next one. .. Dialogue was precise and spy and emotions and realism flew through every lines rendered. Also, the movie has a great setting; don’t let me forget to mention that the location was real like all these ancient/epic films we do watch. . . The props and set design were enough and on point! Like this was a well-planned film that it is so hard to find faults. . . The costumes also were expected as they fitted and portrayed the culture/background of the people in story. . . And Yea, the music, there wasn’t so much of a song in the movie which was also expected judging by the genre of the film but there were sounds; the kind you’d want to call instrumental music kinda and it added to the ambience and beauty of the movie! And oh I love the fact that this movie was a kind of filling in the gaps instrument from where the Bible stopped and that the actors was a display of a casting well done, I very much appreciated the fact that Joseph’s story was incorporated into the film and I didn’t so much love the fact that a little glimpse wasn’t given about Dinah’s relationship with her other brothers after she found her peace but I guess Joseph was more key to Dinah’s story than them!
I have favourite scenes and lines from the movie like the scene where Dinah who is considered to be an apprentice of midwifery under Rachael followed Rachael to the palace to deliver a royal child under the King’s authority at Shechem and there she saw Shalem the prince again after previously meeting from afar at the market, she told Rachael about how she thinks she has found her own true love like hers and Jacob’s and then it was time to leave but the King ordered Dinah to stay with only Rachael returning home only for the King to appear the next day at Jacob’s house telling him Dinah is no longer a virgin and she’s married to her son and he wants to talk about the bride price and afterwards, Jacob was mad at Rachael saying if she hadn’t left her there, it would have been avoided and so was Leah who had made Rachael promised to look after her. . . Rachael then told Jacob that the King ordered and she could not refuse and Jacob said ‘I am your King!’. . . I love the authority that came with the utterance!
Also, the scene where Dinah and Rachael were packing up to leave Laban’s, Dinah was sad and Rachael told her she should be adventurous cos her true love might just be in the new city waiting for her and she would be so lucky and Dinah replied that she would be luckier cos she won’t have to share him with another woman. . . There were many of those scenes, the scene where she stood up to her grandmother Rebecca, the scene where they were looking for handmaids to help the delivery at the palace and the Queen walked in unknowing to Dinah that she was the Queen, she dragged her in to help and after she was told by Rachael that she was the Queen; she just went on to say nice meeting you, come help us with the delivery lol! And lastly I kinda love the scene where she was brought in all wrapped up by her brothers all covered in her husband’s blood after the slain, she challenged Jacob demanding justice and she said he wouldn’t deliver justice after all she’s female and she’s nothing less than a property you could see grief and pain in her voice, she left cursing Jacob!
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Rebecca Ferguson (Dinah) covered in Prince Shalem’s blood reacting to the despicable act of her brothers

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Small Dinah in the company of Zilpah, Bilhah and her two mothers

Notes from the Movie
– Dinah was a strong, wise, self-willed and passionate woman.
– She was very close to Joseph! In fact they shared a bond and the bond automatically clicked after they met again.
– Dinah was very close to Rachael and she in fact taught her the act of midwifery.
– It was Rachael who planned with Leah to trade places and not really Laban and it wasn’t as if Jacob didn’t have a great consummation with Leah that night; he just assumed Laban knew something about it.
– Jacob loved Rachael so much that even when she bore him no children, she was still his and also, it took Leah and Rachael a long time to adjust to sharing the same husband.
– Laban was a wife-beater as he abused his second wife, Ruti who ended up committing suicide because Jacob’s family was leaving unknowing that due to Dinah’s wisdom, Jacob planned to buy her from Laban just to save her.
– Dinah wasn’t a fan of Rebecca. She found her testy and ruthless towards lower class citizens and also it was discovered that Joseph did has Rebecca’s gifts cos she sees into the future but she asked to see Dinah for she saw similarities in them; she saw her future cos it was after that she found Shalem, the Prince.
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Leah (Minnie Driver), Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson) and Rachael (Morena Baccarin)

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Rachael (Morena Baccarin) and Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson) in the Red Tent

This film taught me a very key thing apart from broadening Dinah’s tale, I learnt that we are never healed unless we find our peace! Make peace and let it go! Rachael died first, gave the ring Jacob gave her to Leah that was her way of making peace and Leah in turn, gave it someone to pass it on to Dinah, her way of telling her to make peace.
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Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson), Joseph (Wil Tudor) and Leah (Minnie Driver)

Rating: 10/10. . . You should watch!     
“Women are the lucky ones cos we have the power to give life. . . In the red tent, we surround ourselves with healing arms and loving voices and we give thanks for the knowledge that life comes from between our legs and the cost of life is blood.” Rachael, Morena Baccarin; The Red Tent.

Charlie Puth's 'One Call Away'

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Hellow guys! Happy Wednesday. . . didn’t forget y’all here. . . sure, you my amazing readers have been on my mind and I know I promised a film review for last week Friday but I couldn’t go through with it cos I travelled and it was an unplanned one and don’t forget I have been typing with my phone and that’s a stress on its own! *yikes!*
Today, I decided to bring on music because I want y’all to know I’m still very much here and this post is kinda easy and precise to type with my phone, so today, I’m presenting you a song by Charlie Puth titled One Call Away!
I found this guy early this year thanks to MTV Base and I just couldn’t resist the song! If you hate instrumentals like piano, this song might at first piss you off cos he was literally rambling with the piano keys in a nice way though but afterwards, the song came alive and trust me, this song made me think about a bf I don’t have lol but it doesn’t necessary have to be a bf, since I didn’t have one, I remembered my friend like boyfriend who has been all that to me *don’t let your imaginations run wild o* we all have friends like that, I mean ladies who are like our brothers/bfs but they are just our best friend like that!
So, this is a song for that special one that is willing to go miles for ya! He was singing this song to a lady who was blushing all through the music video! Lol don’t mind me o! This song is one of the tracks from Charlie Puth’s debut Album Nine Track Mind and trust me, this is the song as it’s currently No. 36 on Billboard Hot 100. . . When I endorse a song, no be trash!
Charlie released this album August last year and another of his songs that I love is the collab he had with Megan Trainor the dear future husband crooner! I love her too; the song is titled Marvin Gaye and he did another collab with Wiz Khalifa ‘See You Again’ for Furious 7. Trust me, this guy is just another Sam Smith coming to wipe your Grammy’s and BETs come next year! He’s the new real deal.
So as usual, I bring you the lyrics and a download link! Enjoy and a fab day!
Lyrics
I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away.
Call me, baby, if you need a friend
I just wanna give you love
Come on, come on, come on
Reaching out to you, so take a chance
No matter where you go
You know you’re not alone
I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away
Come along with me and don’t be scared
I just wanna set you free
Come on, come on, come one
You and me can make it anywhere
For now, we can stay here for a while, Ay
‘Cause you know, I just wanna see you smile
No matter where you go
You know you’re not alone
I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away
And when you’re weak I’ll be strong
I’m gonna keep holding on
Now don’t you worry, it won’t be long, Darling
And when you feel like hope is gone
Just run into my arms
I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one, I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away
I’m only one call away
SONG WRITERS; MAUREEN MCDONALD, SHY CARTER, JUSTIN FRANKS, BREYON PRESCOTT, MATT PRIME, CHARLIE PUTH
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Dear Lost Me + Post eBook Giveaway

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Good evening bellas! I trust you had a great day beyond the stress and traffic jams!. . . So, I got enough comments on yesterday’s posts as regards the giveaway to the point that Dorcas had to leave comments three times. . . And yes, I got a comment from a guy who showed interest and he also challenged me that the book isn’t for female alone but for every lost youth and he’s not wrong. Every male can read it and even buy it for their spouse and girlfriends and for themselves also but I insisted on women because this book is a must for every woman, every lady whether lost or not but specifically and especially for every woman that can identify with Sarah’s journey and like I said, I knew about this book because a friend of mine who knew my journey and processes thought it’s similar to mine. . . the point is, I’d always prioritize this book for a woman before thinking about the man! Still doesn’t mean a man can’t read!
This giveaway is to launch the monthly book giveaways I’d be doing on this blog every last Monday of each Month and since I could afford to give one person right now and that’s what I intend to stick to for now, I’d have to pick one person out of the six persons that showed interest! But this book is a very special book to me and blessing y’all with it is never too much.
So, I’ve decided to give y’all! So it means the first six months of my giveaways would be giving away Sarah Jakes’ “Lost and Found” Incredible! When it’s time for this month’s giveaway, I’m gonna send the gift card to the mail of one of y’all and I’d announce who and likewise the following months! What do you think? It means the recipients of my first six months of giveaway is fixed! And you never can tell, I could do two in a month. . . Do you like the idea? It’s important to drop your comments so I can know your reaction to the idea *cc: It’s important for those who left comments on the book review. . . Thank you.
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So, today’s post is kinda sequel to yesterday’s post! Today, I am sharing a song written by Sarah Jakes Roberts for her webisodes which ran through Episodes 1 to 8, you can watch it on YouTube. That song was the first song she’s ever written and the vocals were by ace gospel singer, Kierra Kiki Sheard and was produced by Dexter Jakes, Sarah’s brother. This song is titled ‘Dear Lost Me’ and every lyric was a glimpse into her thoughts, state of mind. . . It was an address to the girl she used to be! This song is for everyone feeling lost and finding that girl we were created to be!
You know I always hope it blesses you!
Lyrics
Help help/3x
Pack my bags last night not even trying to fight
Memories running through my head
I keep hearing all the words you said
I keep thinking how she shared our bed
I want to know why
I gat to know how
Got me searching for clues
Too many lies I’m confused
And all I wanted was you. . .
I wrote a letter to the girl I used to be
You’re much stronger than you believe
I think you better choose right now
I need to be found
I feel my heart getting stronger
Pulse steady rising
I can’t keep drowning
I choose me,
Dear lost me.
I choose me. . .
I wish it was just you to blame
I knew it from the start
Plain to me to get
Say I wanted love accepted only pain
Woo-ho I really thought we’d change
Silly lost me I gave you the key
It’s too crowded in here
I think I’d disappear
I just want to be free from the girl I used to be
I wrote a letter to the girl I used to be
You’re much stronger than you believe
I think you better choose right now
You need to be found
I feel my heart getting stronger
Pulse steady rising
I can’t keep drowning
I choose me,
Dear lost me. . .
I feel my heart getting stronger
Pulse steady rising
I can’t keep drowning
I choose me,
Dear lost me.
I don’t wanna leave but I can’t trust
Smiling through the hurt
I just won’t adjust
I think I should leave right now
I gotta fight for me right now
I don’t wanna hurt no more
If this is love I don’t want it anymore
I’m finally free
Started to believe I found me yeaaaa
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I wrote a letter to the girl I used to be
You’re much stronger than you believe
I think you better choose right now
You need to be found
I feel my heart getting stronger
Pulse steady rising
I can’t keep drowning
I choose me,
Dear lost me.
I feel my heart getting stronger
Pulse steady rising
I can’t keep drowning
I choose me,
Dear lost me.
PS: Lyrics by my humble self cos you can’t find the lyrics to this song anywhere! Google up and down till ad infinitum, you won’t find it. . . So, I’m applauding myself for the lyrics! Yaaaayyy cos I also submitted it for Musixmatch! Remember to click the download button!
See ya tomorrow as I’d be talking about boys!
Xoxo
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Book Review: 'Lost and Found; Finding Hope in the Detours of Life' by Sarah Jakes

Hello beautiful readers! Happy new week to y’all. . . So last year, I was resolute on not taking with me into the new year the act of inconsistency and procrastination and yes, I still stand by it and I am very sorry that I went off the grid last week considering that this post was supposed to have been published last week Tuesday but so many things wouldn’t allow it like lack of BIS and most importantly, my laptop became faulty and I’m really not a good fan of typing on Android WPS Office or any app as such. . . it’s no fun and I kinda just find it sloppy; typing on a computer keyboard is a much more different experience than phone keypads!
Anyways, this particular post ended up being typed on the phone nonetheless and it took me on and off to finish it cos it was no fun like I’ve said!. . .  Even though I didn’t post more than once last week, I come this week with loads of juicy posts for y’all. . . I discovered amazingly ridiculous things and good music too last week that can’t escape my pen! So you might wanna be refreshing this blog everyday cos I would be posting everyday! That’s a promise I don’t intend to break anytime soon notwithstanding that I don’t have a laptop for now!
Today, I’m gonna be reviewing an amazing book by Sarah Jakes Robert titled “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life.”
I won’t forget to say that this book should have been reviewed since last year and also, I heard about this book for the first time from a good friend of mine, Yemisi who mentioned Sarah Jakes to me, shared some of her stories with me and talked about the book too and ever since she mentioned it, I have been looking forward to the book and then my thirst for the book became worse when I started listening to her messages; downloads upon downloads and I’d say she’s an amazing woman of God that has blessed, shaped and mentored my life or let me say a specific and integral part of my life beyond reasonable doubt. . . God through her ministrations helped me through a particular stage of life and I say that I am in awe of God in her life, I am proud to be blessed by her ministry and her book is a treasure! And also, I am looking forward to meeting her one of these days and I know it’d happen! *seek and ye shall find! Ask and it shall be granted *winks*
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So, a little about the Gorgeous Sarah Jakes Roberts! *she’s drip-drop gorgeous with a beautiful mind *hehehehe*
She is one of the two daughters of Bishop T. D. Jakes *I Love That Man*. She is 26, an Author of three books presently, She is a Minister *yes!*, Motivational Speaker, TV Personality, Ministry Director and Senior Editor. She was a single mother of two, Malachi, 12 and McKenzie, 5. She got pregnant at the age of 13 and gave birth to her first child (a son) at the age of 14 and then she got married at the age of 19, had a daughter and then divorced at the age of 23 *that’s quite a lot right?* it was!. She is married now to the Set man of one of the fastest growing Church in Los Angeles, One Church LA (I watch them every Sunday *more reason why my BIS doesn’t last), Pastor Toure Roberts in November 2014 and they are expecting their first child together!
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Sarah through her story and processes has blessed and helped millions and I am glad to be part of those millions.
And lest I forget, she published this book before her marriage to Pastor Toure, so it was published under her name without the Roberts.
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BOOK REVIEW
“Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life.” was published in April, 2014 and it has a total of 236 pages including the cover page. The Foreword of the book was written by her father and man of God, Bishop T. D. Jakes. His foreword gave an insight into what the birth of Sarah Jakes was like to getting lost and being finally found.
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I got this book in August; read it twice and every read was new each time! Sarah shared her story from growing up with her sister, Cora and how much they weren’t that separated by so much age gap between them; the close bond shared and the mischief they were always up to as a kid. . . she went on to share her struggle with finding herself, not being able to sing unlike her sister Cora who functioned in the choir; getting lost in the pew and the pressure that came with being a preacher’s kid and being different. . . She also went on to share what it was like getting pregnant before her birthday, her family’s reaction, the struggles afterwards and the support she got from her family. . . the church’s reaction, schooling, meeting her first husband Robert Henson, failing at school, quitting school, getting a job at a strip club, returning home, getting married to Henson having ignored the warning signs, the emotional abuse, getting pregnant and having their daughter, the cheating, and the last nerve tapped-dance on that got her to move on despite staying stuck for so long. . . loosing weight, starting her blog, and then the ultimate decision to surrender it all to God, learning to love herself again and then this book!
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I saw myself on every pages of this book that I couldn’t help but thank God for this amazing woman. I saw so many things differently after reading this book. I made a conscious effort to try where need be and I realized and held on to the fact that Grace has been on my shoulders too all along. . . where I saw shame, I started seeing purpose and it was a leap for me and that’s the power of this book!
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In this Book, Sarah tells her story with all sincerity, holding nothing back with the sole aim of blessing and helping others and not ridiculing anyone or painting them bad . . . Her sincerity was refreshing and it taught me to outgrow whatever shame there is and embrace purpose! She said, people don’t want perfect but they want real.
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In short, this book is about her life and the lessons learnt for the benefit of others.
My Favourite Words/Quotes from the book
I love every sentence/lines of the book; from the beginning to the end! But I’d share these ones with you to give you an idea of how blessed you’d be when you pick up this book!
“For the tears I cried and the ones I held on the inside. For the truth I wanted to erase and lies I thought I had to tell.
Then there are the two hearts that grew inside of me that protected me from dangers I’ll never know.
The insecurities I thought I could never love and the past I tried to escape. Because I believe all things, even our missteps, work together for the good of those who love Him.
I gave Him my pain.
I gave Him my shame.
And He gave me the grace to heal.” . . . from her Dedication.
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“Carrying a façade is always more difficult than embracing the truth!”
“Until we forgive ourselves, we will always see ourselves through the shattered pieces of the dreams we can no longer have. Nothing can be seen clearly through broken pieces: no future, no hope, no faith, no love is capable of being seen properly until we admit that we are driving on a flat tire. We have to stop believing that just because we are damaged we are irreparably broken. ” I love this quote so much. . . we have to stop believing that just because we are damaged we are irreparably broken! *powerful*
“Anything that breaks the structure of our hope must be repaired before daring to be whole again. Otherwise, we risk becoming susceptible to people’s opinions, requiring their permission and acknowledgement to live and dream our own lives.”
“Fear has got to be one of the greatest emotions humans experience. We depend on its strength to teach unforgettable lessons. We hope that the fear of getting burned will be enough to keep us from touching fire.”
“. . . To this day, when I look back on the beginning stages of heartbreak with Robert and how early in our courtship it was, I have to soul search to discover how I gave up on my dream of love so quickly. If I’m honest with myself, it was my insecurity. Part of me had quietly grieved that another could never fully accept my situation. Robert was the first guy who, when I told him about my son, didn’t let it affect how he felt about me, and a part of me swooned. I didn’t think anyone could easily accept that I had a child so early on in my life. . .”
“When I first began the journey of healing from my heartbreak, a part of me was bitter. I felt like the women he used to hurt me when on to live happy lives while I suffered picking up the pieces. Since then, I’ve learned the “other woman” never gets away. No matter how well things look on the outside, until you confront your wrongs, you cannot create rights. . .”
“If you had told me the girl who got pregnant at thirteen and felt like the black sheep child of America’s favorite preacher would now be a twenty-five-year old single mom, divorcee, author, motivational speaker, TV Personality, Ministry Director and Senior Editor, I never would have believed you. But knowing it’s true, that I’m all these things and so much more now, I’d say the only way to get your bearings and find yourself is to trust that you were never really lost. Amid all your twists and turns, perhaps you simply haven’t discovered the right direction yet. God loves the lost. . .”
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DISLIKES
I have none! Absolutely none. . . yea, the book was that fabulous!
RECOMMENDATION
This book is one of my most treasured books. It was the same experience I had with Joyce Meyer’s Beauty for Ashes while I was and had finished reading this book! The difference was that it was stronger and intense! Sarah Jakes is a gift to the world and I recommend this book to every young woman, every parent and specifically for every woman that has experienced ugliness of any sort, made mistakes, lost and trying to find herself/themselves, in an abusive relationship/experiencing emotional abuse, feeling low about their person, figuring your worth or trying to figure out the grace in your grass, feeling ashamed etc. and most especially to the woman who had struggled with defining who she is! This book was written for you!
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WHERE I PURCHASED
Having looked tirelessly for this book almost everywhere to no avail including checking with Laterna books, I ended up getting the EBook for approximately $10 on CBD
OTHER BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR
Dear Mary: Lessons from the Mother of Jesus (2015)
Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth (2014). . . all available on CBD
GIVEAWAY
So, this book is so good that I still want the hard copy! Hard copy does it for me anytime cos I love to highlight my books and then I like to add them to my library of great collections. . . Yes, I’d be doing a giveaway of this book two times! I’m expecting a friend of mine to get me some copies from outside Nigeria, if she does, I intend to give one out but till then, I have a $10 gift card definitely for the EBook version for anyone who is interested! Just one person! No criteria. . . so far you are feminine and you really do want it and would read it! Leave a comment and I’d respond!
GENRE
This book is an autobiography/memoir. . . and this isn’t just any type of autobiography or a literary autobiography, in Bishop T. D. Jakes’ words but refined,  this is a perspective of a little girl whose childhood was nearly stolen by grown woman experiences but today, she has become a tool fit for the Master’s use. . . And you also could be that!
RATING
I’d give this a 10/10 over and over again!
I hope this review blessed you!. . . Till I come your way again tomorrow, stay graced, blessed and purposeful.
Xoxo!
Sometimes, you find yourself when you get lost. ~ SJR (my favourite quote from the book!)

First Post of the Year: Kierra Sheard's 'Indescribable'

Wow! Welcome to the New Year dear readers. . . It is a great opportunity to be able to publish my first blog post for the Year 2016.
For some of us, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, so many beautiful and ugly experiences but in it all, we were made more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthened us.
In the lieu of the newly started year, my first post is on Music. . . It’s a beautiful song by Kierra Kiki Sheard titled “Indescribable” . . . The song exalts the mightiness and awesomeness of God and His immeasurable, unquantifiable and ‘undeserving’ love towards us even when we are not in our best! God never stops loving.

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Kierra Kiki Sheard

A little about Kierra Kiki Sheard – she is a gospel singer and the daughter to woman of God Karen Clark Sheard and she was in Nigeria late last year for the 2015 Alabanza concert with the likes of Sammy Okposo and more. And yea, the first time I heard Kierra Sheard sing was from watching Sarah Jakes Roberts’ webisodes (a woman whose book review I’d be doing tomorrow and other stuffs coupled with it). So the soundtrack for the webisodes is titled ‘Dear lost me’ (an amazing song too) written by Sarah Jakes Roberts but sang by Kierra Sheard and ever since then, I’ve fallen in love with her voice and music that out of the many that I have, I have decided to share this one with you!
I hope it blesses you as you have a fabulous week.
Lyrics
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creations revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming
Indescribable, uncontainable
You place the stars in the sky and you know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.
Who sees lightning bolts and tells them where they should go
Or sees heavenly store houses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gave source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night.
None can fathom
Indescribable, uncontainable
You place the stars in the sky and you know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.
Incomparable, unchangeable
You’ve seen the depths of my heart and
You love me the same
You are amazing God.
You are amazing God!
Indescribable, uncontainable
You place the stars in the sky and you know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.
Incomparable, unchangeable
You’ve seen the depths of my heart and
You love me the same
You are amazing God.
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2015 Byer Gift: 'Even when it hurts' by Hillsong

I am back as promised, with the last post for the Year 2015! I am uber excited to see the beautiful 2016! May the year bring with it all we ever wished for as individuals. . . Amen.
So, as nature would have it, my last post for the year happened to be a song! This song isn’t just a song, it is the song! I am a sucker for Hillsong and this song titled “Even when it hurts” which is my best song for the going year *doesn’t mean I will stop listening to it in 2016! Can’t just stop cos I am addicted.*
Okay, this song was everything I had to learn as regards praising God this year! It is the song and I don’t know how to say much but below is the lyrics and yes! as usual, there’s a download link!
You won’t regret it and you won’t stop listening to it after the first time! I pray you get the message beyond the voice and the lyrics.
God bless y’all amazings! See ya in the new year!
Xoxo! *not Gossip Girl* but
EGO!
Lyrics
Take this fainted heart
Take these tainted hands
Wash me in your love
Come like grace again
Even when my strength is lost I’ll praise you
Even when I have no song I’ll praise you
Even when it’s hard to find the words
Louder then I’ll sing your praise
I will only sing your praise.
Take this mountain weight
Take these ocean tears
Hold me through the trial
Come like hope again.
Even when the fight seems lost I’ll praise you
Even when it hurts like hell, I’ll praise you
Even when it makes no sense to sing
Louder then I’ll sing your praise.
I will only sing your praise/4x
And my heart burns only for you
You are all, you are all I want
And my soul waits only for you
You are all, you are all I want
And my soul waits only for you
And I will sing till the morning has come
Lord my heart burns only for you
You are all, you are all I want
And my soul waits only for you
And I will sing till the miracle comes
I will only sing your praise/3x
Even when the morning comes I’ll praise you
Even when the fight is won I’ll praise you
Even when my time on earth is done
Louder then I’ll sing your praise
I will only sing your praise.
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