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

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Gotham
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Feb 23, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Wanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Frank Padron
Apr 16, 2014 Frank Padron rated it did not like it
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....
Jan 10, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aaron Sutton
Jun 01, 2016 Aaron Sutton rated it it was amazing
Great book
Abbie Hammer
Oct 14, 2008 Abbie Hammer rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Kristi rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 02, 2010 Patrice rated it it was amazing
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.
May 10, 2012 Maribel rated it liked it
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!!
Sep 07, 2009 Crystal is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 11, 2009 Ui rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 02, 2008 Kiersten marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Read the top. DUH........
Recommended to Kiersten by: Mom
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.
Apr 20, 2012 Brenette rated it really liked it
Great book and good family tips
vital book to all parents
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