Mountain, Get out of My Way: Life Lessons and Learned Truthsby Montel Williams, Daniel Paisner
Born in Baltimore's black ghetto, Montel Williams was the youngest of four children in a family that was hardworking but loving. At the suggestion of a family friend, he joined the Marine Corps. There he acquired an education, a sense of direction, and a respect for discipline - values he would never forget. Recognized as a natural leader, Montel was asked to conduct… See more details below
Born in Baltimore's black ghetto, Montel Williams was the youngest of four children in a family that was hardworking but loving. At the suggestion of a family friend, he joined the Marine Corps. There he acquired an education, a sense of direction, and a respect for discipline - values he would never forget. Recognized as a natural leader, Montel was asked to conduct family support groups on base. An electrifying speaker, he was soon talking to auditoriums of teenagers across the nation, traveling at his own expense and learning, on the front lines of this country's toughest neighborhoods, how to spread the civilizing principles of Montel's own three Rs: restraint, responsibility, and respect. In his own inimitable, down-to-earth style, Montel now offers us the hard-hitting yet compassionate advice that has already touched the lives of so many. Based on his three Rs, here is sound guidance on the difficult issues of violence, drugs, peer pressure, sex, poverty, and the lure of the streets, as well as their antidotes: education, commitment, self-esteem, and love. When you feel the power of Mountain, Get Out of My Way, you will understand how Montel's career in public speaking led to his television career. Most of all, you will feel the message of this book start to change your life. Whether you're a parent or child, black or white, rich or poor, Mountain, Get Out of My Way will fire you up, fill you with hope, and give you the confidence and energy you need to move the mountains in your way, every last one.
Nationally syndicated talk show personality Williams traces our contemporary social problems to the removal of God from public schools. This, he contends, "marks the beginning of the deterioration of the American family, and without family this country has just spun out of control." When young people no longer attend church or believe in God, then money becomes their god. And in their pursuit of money, insists Williams, morality is cast aside. This domino theory ignores the socioeconomic factors that have led to the dissolution of the family, and the fact that church attendance is actually on the upswing, particularly in the inner city. One can hardly argue, though, with Williams's forthright solutions, despite their simplicity. He proposes that the ills of society be remedied with his three R's: restraint, responsibility and respect. Young people need to think about the consequences of their actions, to assume responsibility for their actions, and to regard one another with respect. The Holy Host, unfortunately, undermines his message with selective true confessions. He was clearly not there for his first wife and his two older daughters. Though he takes responsibility for "messing up" ("at home, I certainly wasn't practicing what I was preaching"), the reader becomes disillusioned with the messenger. And now, when he supposedly does have his life together, with a new wife and two more children, one wonders just how much time he can devote to his family (or to God) while "working twelve to fourteen hours a day, seven days a week."
Likely to appeal toMontel fans and other "gawk show" devotees, Mountain, Get Out of My Way won't make the earth move.
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