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Stars of MTV?s Run?s House ? dubbed ?the new Cosby family? ? celebrate family values in this inspiring guide to modern parenting Despite being a hip-hop icon, an ordained minister, and a reality TV star, Rev Run?s greatest accomplishment has been raising his six children?Angela, Vanessa, JoJo, Diggy, Russy and Miley?with his wife Justine. Their journey has been captured on Stars of MTV?s Run?s House ? dubbed ?the new Cosby family? ? celebrate family values in this inspiring guide to modern parenting Despite being a hip-hop icon, an ordained minister, and a reality TV star, Rev Run?s greatest accomplishment has been raising his six children?Angela, Vanessa, JoJo, Diggy, Russy and Miley?with his wife Justine. Their journey has been captured on Run?s House, a show that celebrates ? finally ? a reality TV family that is functional instead of dysfunctional. In an age marked by shallow materialism and fragmented families, Rev Run and Justine have inspired millions of viewers by teaching old-fashioned family values applied with a hip-hop twist. In Take Back Your Family, Rev Run and Justine celebrate the role of parents and share their secrets to raising a respectful and loving family that can enjoy the good times while surviving the hard ones.


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Stars of MTV?s Run?s House ? dubbed ?the new Cosby family? ? celebrate family values in this inspiring guide to modern parenting Despite being a hip-hop icon, an ordained minister, and a reality TV star, Rev Run?s greatest accomplishment has been raising his six children?Angela, Vanessa, JoJo, Diggy, Russy and Miley?with his wife Justine. Their journey has been captured on Stars of MTV?s Run?s House ? dubbed ?the new Cosby family? ? celebrate family values in this inspiring guide to modern parenting Despite being a hip-hop icon, an ordained minister, and a reality TV star, Rev Run?s greatest accomplishment has been raising his six children?Angela, Vanessa, JoJo, Diggy, Russy and Miley?with his wife Justine. Their journey has been captured on Run?s House, a show that celebrates ? finally ? a reality TV family that is functional instead of dysfunctional. In an age marked by shallow materialism and fragmented families, Rev Run and Justine have inspired millions of viewers by teaching old-fashioned family values applied with a hip-hop twist. In Take Back Your Family, Rev Run and Justine celebrate the role of parents and share their secrets to raising a respectful and loving family that can enjoy the good times while surviving the hard ones.

30 review for Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America's Parents

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ka’leneReads

    GoodRead

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andie

    I really enjoyed this book. It was like having a conversation with some really smart, non-judgmental, successful friends. Granted, Justine and Joey Simmons are both a little self-congratulatory about all their monetary and personal success - to be fair, they have a lot to be proud of! - and they brag on their kids endlessly throughout, which even they acknowledge is a little annoying. However, while the title of the book may make it sound as though they've written an instruction manual, nothing I really enjoyed this book. It was like having a conversation with some really smart, non-judgmental, successful friends. Granted, Justine and Joey Simmons are both a little self-congratulatory about all their monetary and personal success - to be fair, they have a lot to be proud of! - and they brag on their kids endlessly throughout, which even they acknowledge is a little annoying. However, while the title of the book may make it sound as though they've written an instruction manual, nothing can be farther from the truth. The Simmonses are determined to lead by example. Rather than tell you what to do to "take back your family" - by which they mean, strengthen your family unit, no matter what it looks like, and regardless of what "strong family unit" means to you - they just show you how THEY do it. Then they suggest how this might work for you. The writing style was conversational without being patronizing or pandering. The book covers several topics, such as building strong marriages, imparting your values to your children, growing spiritually as a family and raising kids who are both humble and have self esteem in abundance. Rather than write it as a omniscient voice, Justine and Rev (Joey) Run decided to each write individual vignettes and segments for each topic in his or her own distinct voice. This really worked for me, because I felt very included in the conversation, rather than people just talking at me from some ivory tower. It was nice to see where they disagree and why they disagree with each other - this leads you to ponder the issues yourself and clarify your own values, which is just how it should be. Also, Justine seems to be more sentimental and compassionate, while Rev is more logical and analytical, so I think the book really profits from having topics dissected from both angles. The book isn't exactly a blueprint, but they do provide some really positive templates, conversation starters and values clarification exercises that I think would benefit any family with kids. A lot of what they wrote about doesn't really apply to me. I mostly read this because I'm a fan of Rev's and the show, and was curious about a behind-the-scenes look at it all. For people like me, there's still a lot there and it's still worthwhile. I'm not giving it five stars because I do feel that it meanders a little and that the couple comes off as inadvertently smug a few times (I lost count of how many times Rev gleefully mentions his INDOOR BASKETBALL COURT!!! etc) but I'm still glad I read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    I will more than likely not finish reading this book, and that is something I NEVER do. I got to about page 93 before I decided I couldn't take the drivel anymore. On the plus side, I like strong, well put together parents who raise their children on priniciples of hard work, religion, and respect. I did appreciate Rev Run being somewhat humble. What I did not like about this book is some of the advice is kind of ridiculous. Example, Rev and Justine say not to argue about money. I'm sure that is I will more than likely not finish reading this book, and that is something I NEVER do. I got to about page 93 before I decided I couldn't take the drivel anymore. On the plus side, I like strong, well put together parents who raise their children on priniciples of hard work, religion, and respect. I did appreciate Rev Run being somewhat humble. What I did not like about this book is some of the advice is kind of ridiculous. Example, Rev and Justine say not to argue about money. I'm sure that is easier to do when you have plenty of it. There was also a lot of bragplaining (when you brag, but complain at the same time). It was annoying to read, "It's nothing for us to go to St. Bart's or Cabo for the weekend, but we want our children to know that fun can be had right at home." Again, easier to do when you have a gym, recording studio, and a pool at home. Then came the shameless plugs about the Vanessa and Angela's shoe line or Justine's jewelery or children's books. Overall, I just think Rev and Justine are too out of touch with the basic reasons why so many families are struggling.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I read this book because I'm a big fan of this reality show on Mtv - it's the one reality show that shows a functional family portrayed in a positive light - I don't have kids or a spouse but still found the book's messages applicable - it reminds you and teaches you respect, values, and being good and giving in life. I also appreciated the very humble and down-to-earth approach that Rev Run and Justine took - they admit they are not perfect and don't know it all but are trying their best and li I read this book because I'm a big fan of this reality show on Mtv - it's the one reality show that shows a functional family portrayed in a positive light - I don't have kids or a spouse but still found the book's messages applicable - it reminds you and teaches you respect, values, and being good and giving in life. I also appreciated the very humble and down-to-earth approach that Rev Run and Justine took - they admit they are not perfect and don't know it all but are trying their best and live by core principle family values and do it with humor and a sense of realism.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbie Hammer

    I am a big fan of this family and his ways of teaching his kids. i watch the tv show on mtv and when i found out they were coming out with a book i just had to get it. i have been reading it now for 2 days and i dont want to put it down. it has helped learn a new meaning to life and the ability that have with my childrens life and what not to take for granited. i highly recommend this book to anyone out there that wants to challenge there parenting skills to a new level. i love everything about I am a big fan of this family and his ways of teaching his kids. i watch the tv show on mtv and when i found out they were coming out with a book i just had to get it. i have been reading it now for 2 days and i dont want to put it down. it has helped learn a new meaning to life and the ability that have with my childrens life and what not to take for granited. i highly recommend this book to anyone out there that wants to challenge there parenting skills to a new level. i love everything about this book so far.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maribel

    I started reading this book but I just couldn't get into it I don't have kids so it wasn't great reading but for someone with a big family it's great. I enjoyed the part about them losing their baby girl because I lost my child also so I could relate but other then that the rest of the book was not for me!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    I really enjoyed hearing both of their stories of situations in the family. I think they give sound advice for parents dealing with kids now and the pressures felt by them. I felt the book to be very honest and very much like what they portray on the show. I'm a fan of the show but did learn new things about Justine and Rev Run while reading this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    I just started reading this book and i must say that it is truly a page turning. Its not a book that tells you what you "should" do and what you "must" do. It gives you insight on what works for their family and how you can adopt some of their principles as your own. I definitely recommend this book to parents of any make up and/or religion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Frank Padron

    this was in "My opinion" a poorly written book It was hard to follow along because they kept jumping from one point to make another point and never quite going back to the original point and it happened alot....

  10. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    A dear friend surprised me and got me this book as a gift. I absolute love the show "Run's House" and was so excited when she gave this book to me. I hadn't heard of it and I don't know if I would have bought it on my own but I'm excited to read it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    vital book to all parents

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ui

    I bought this book only because I love "Run's House." But I must say, Rev Run has some pretty interesting advice on how to keep your family together. *sigh* if only they were members.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kiersten

    My mom has it. And we watch Runs house all the time. She is still reading it and she says everyone that has their own family should own a copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Sutton

    Great book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thorn MotherIssues

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andre

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Sherman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynzy

  21. 4 out of 5

    steph

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeronica

  23. 4 out of 5

    shalanda allen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jillian McKee Loera

  25. 4 out of 5

    ladypyt12

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara Connor

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mario David

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine O’Day

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