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Take Back Your Family: How to Raise Respectful and Loving Kids in a Dysfunctional World
     

Take Back Your Family: How to Raise Respectful and Loving Kids in a Dysfunctional World

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by Rev. Run, Justine Simmons, Chris Morrow
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

Essence
The couple brings their sane and accessible approach to parenting. . . Reading the book seems like eavesdropping on an intimate conversation.
New York Post
Reverend Run and Justine take a stand for some radically counter-cultural ideas that happen to be correct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440635519
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
432 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rev Run — aka Joseph Simmons — is one of the founding members of the major pioneering hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. The group had an enormous impact on the development of hip hop through the 1980s and is credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music. Born in Queens, NY, he is the younger brother of Def Jam Records founder, Russell Simmons. He is currently the star of the blockbuster MTV reality show Run’s House, MTV’s most popular show, now in its fifth season. He now spends the majority of his time spreading the good news through his Words of Wisdom and building the foundations of his family.

Justine Simmons wife to Rev Run — aka Joseph Simmons — and costar of Run’s House. She is also the designer of the Brown Sugar Jewelry Collection for Simmons Jewelry. They live in Saddle River, NJ, with the four youngest of their six children.

Chris Morrow is the author of Stir It Up: Reggae Album Cover Art and has written about hip-hop and politics for numerous publications, including The Source and The New York Daily News. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, he has been working as a speechwriter for Russell Simmons since 2003.



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Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America's Parents 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love diggy simmons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Run is an amazing author and rapper his wife is someone who inspires me luv u
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Leonie Atangana More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing, go run's house
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Amazing!!! Not only as a fan of MTV's, "Run's House", but this book has inspired me to be a better parent and a partner. I have mentioned this book to several people, and highly recommended it for them to read. I'm hoping someday we can read about the Simmons children soon, and read about their views...
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watch all the old and new episodes of Run's House. I get so tickled when Russell Simmons is on the show, he trips me out cursing when the Rev is around. I am like that man is crazy!!! But i truly love them all. i absolutely hate it when i miss an episode. I love and admire what this family stands for. the show is the best reality show that television has to offer. i look forward to meeting this family one day. I am going out today to purchase the book, i slept on this one because i did not know it was on the shelves already!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a devoted fan of the tv series and when I saw the episode that mentioned they had a book I bought it the next day. My fiance and I can really relate to alot of sections in the book and we read it to each other every night. There is a little something for everyone to take from this book no matter ethnicity, economic status, or sexual preferance. I raise my children with the same philosophies as the simmons household.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Encouraging to those of us who wish families were taken as seriously as careers. The family is an inspiration to us all. I had the chance to meet them in person when they signed at the Indianapolis B&N. Rev, Justine, Diggy, and Russ were such courteous, friendly people! I can't say enough good things about Justine... what a wonderful person! Get this book right away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book the day that it was released and finished it in two days. I could NOT put this book down. I simplii LOVE and ADORE The ENTIRE Simmons Family. What a BLESSING they are. I had the pleasure of meeting REV RUN, JUSTINE, & RUSSY the other night @ their Booksiging @ the Barnes and Nobles in Clifton, NJ, and the same way you see them on TV is the same way they are in person! Such SWEET people!!! THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!! I recommend it to EVERYONE ... Whether you are Parents, a single parent, or someone like myself, One with NO children ... This book is STILL for you!!! It's preparing me for my Family Life Ahead!This is a MUST HAVE for ANYONE with a FAMILY or ANYONE looking forward to having one someday! *smile* GO AND GET THE BOOK!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as this book came out I had to have a copy. I just started reading it and so far it is wonderful. If you love the show you will love the book. Both Rev Run and Justine are just as real in the book as they are on TV and have some great advice for parents. This is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect, this book encourages pulling your family back together. Some children run wild with no dicipline or structure. As a kid I was too scared of the beating if I acted improper, disobeyed, had a fit, hit or screamed at my parents. It's unacceptable!!! You don't need to beat your kids just set clear boundries of whats acceptable and teach them to have good morals and values. This will give you 3 priceless things for the rest of your life, your childrens love, respect and friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect, this book encourages pulling your family back together. Some children run wild with no dicipline or structure. As a kid I was too scared of the beating if I acted improper, disobeyed, had a fit, hit or screamed at my parents. It's unacceptable!!! You don't need to beat your kids just set clear boundries of whats acceptable and teach them to have good morals and values. This will give you 3 priceless things for the rest of your life, your childrens love, respect and friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
theyre show is great. i just finished watching the episode where they are recording the audio book. i cant wait to buy it and read it ! i know its going to be great even thought im not a parent .