Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny

Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny

by Hill Harper


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Offering inspirational advice in a down-to-earth style, this unique compilation of letters provides wisdom, guidance, and heartfelt insight to help the reader chart their own path to success. Based on the author’s motivational speaking at inner-city schools across the country, the letters deal with the tough issues that face young people today.

Bombarded with messages from music and the media, Harper set out to dispel the stereotypical image of success that young people receive today and instead emphasizes alternative views of what it truly means to be a successful male, such as educational and community achievements and self-respect. Intended to provide this frequently regarded “lost generation” of young men with words of encouragement and guidance, Harper’s deep-rooted passion regarding the plight of today’s youth drove him to write this book, sure to change the lives of readers for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592402496
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2007
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 45,091
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Currently starring in CSI: NY, Hill Harper has appeared in numerous prime- time television shows and feature films, including Beloved and He Got Game. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. and cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. He was recently named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

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In a direct and often colloquial tone . . . the letters stress the importance of having options and working smart, not just hard. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

Harper’s message is a solo soaring above the choir. (LOS ANGELES TIMES)

Hill writes in a down-to-earth style. . . . A priceless, no-nonsense, step-by-step guide. (The Dayton Defender)

Filled with heartfelt wisdom and solid step-by-step strategies for cultivating self-respect, Letters to a Young Brother is an inspirational guidebook to a better life and a book that will change lives. (Black College Today)

[This] book can serve as a strong and silent mentor. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

In clear, accessible language, Harper encourages his youthful readers to maintain productive values and never give up hope. . . . With frank, loving advice about relationships, careers, sex, education, spirituality, and money, Harper helps young readers take that first step toward fruitful change. (Jabari Asim, The Washington Post)

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Letters to a Young Brother 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
ReggieJohnson More than 1 year ago
I purchased Letters to a Young Brother, for my son. After reading it, I bought Letters to a Young Sister for my daughter. She and my son are in continuous competition with each other and will have to tackle many of the same problems and uncertainties in life. My wife and I try to guide and counsel them in every way we can.

Those of you with teenagers understand why we have a constant battle ... as they strive for independence and their own identity. Mr. Harper's books offer an important outside voice towards supplementing the efforts of all parents in similar circumstances. Both books are straight-forwardly written in an entertaining way. Reading them was akin to surreptitiously listening to an intimate conversation between two friends.

Another tantalizing aspect are contributions from famous personalities. Honorable mentions are Michelle Obama, (Mr. Harper was a Harvard classmate of Barack), Gabriel Union, Venus Williams, and Jerry Bruckheimer. Too many of our youth are easily influenced by negative peer pressures, indifferent parents, and the absence of positive role models.

Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister offer salient advice and open conversational doors that have been closed too long for millions. They are marvelous books, written by an exceptional man, and are perfect gifts for young people. Unlike video games which become obsolete in a few months, they offer pearls of wisdom that will guide, support, and inspire them, for a lifetime. Reginald V. Johnson, Success-Tapes.Com
Guest More than 1 year ago
Letters to a Young Brother. Hill Harper. Penguin Group 'USA' Inc. New York. April 2007. The book is a real good mentor to young African Americans and other races. Hill Harper tells about fast money to women to cars and good jobs. In the book he had a lot of artists, movie stars, and famous athletes that had quotes about situation they¿ve been in and the definition of what it takes to be a man. The book made me think twice about the way to live life. To be successful in life you don¿t need fast money, cars, and girls. I like how Hill Harper told about his life and the way he went when his friends were doing wrong. Like towards the middle of the book Hill told about an event in his life that could have ended his life if he didn¿t make the right decision. Hill was with a couple of his friends and one of them had a nice muscle car that was pretty fast, and one day after it rained his friend that drove real crazy picked them up one day and they were speeding and driving crazy while the roads was still wet and Hill told his friend to pull over and let him out. The rest of his friends called him names, but if he feared for his life in a car its good that he did get out. Hill grew up in a rough neighborhood in downtown Fort Madison. I thought growing up in rough neighborhoods made a person rough and tough, but Hill showed that just because you lived in a rough neighborhood don¿t make you rough and tough. Hill went on and graduated from Brown University and received graduate degrees with honors from Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The style of the book was basically like a bibliography. I recommend this book to anybody. Adults, young adults and teenagers. I also would recommend this book to people that are going through a struggle with school or a job or even a person who is looking forward to school or job. I believe that any race can read this book, just because in the title it says ¿Brother¿ the way he uses ¿Brother¿ he means anybody not just African Americans or just males he means any body as in females too. i was recommended this book by my moms. I'm not a person who reads a lot, but once i got this book it was no way i was putting it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hill¿s book truly gives you words to live by. Realism, faith and hope in the future are the key themes of this book. As a reader, you are looking into the world of a young person trying and seeking to find his path. Gladly, Hill picks up the baton that was thrown to him by his mentors of the past and follows through by showing this youth a new way of thinking and living. His advice is so pure and genuine that it crosses the boundaries of gender and race¿this is something that all folks need to hear! This book is the ultimate self help guide for those who have lost their way, need to find their way or need an affirmation that they are well on their way. Harper¿s words are definitely needed and should be cherished. Preach on Brother Harper! Preach on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh...u know...I am a young brotha---15 to be exact...and I can say that he helped me change my thoughts on the way I think about myself when it comes to girls, mistakes people make, the obstacles us brothas make, and how to put things into other people perspectives...definitely when it came to us brothas with a single parent...I learned a whole lot so to my brothas who are happenin' to feel confuse in our everyday problems go and get dis book whether if it library or at Barnes and Noble...from then life will feel at least a whole lot better..
Guest More than 1 year ago
LETTERS is a must read for both boys and girls. Harper gives advise to 'young brothas' in a honest, straightforward, easy to read manner. His personal story and experiences as related to the advise adds depth and understanding. LETTERS provides hope and encouragement to both the 'have nots' and to those who think they have 'what's going on'. I highly recommend LETTERS as a must read for all youth workers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that 15-25 year old Black American boys, especially, need to read. I am a 35 year old brother and found things in this book that are useful to me! I truly appreciate that he wrote this book because our young brothers are truly in need of the gems and knowledge that Mr. Harper gives in this timely book. I am purchasing another copy of this book to give to my best friend who son is 1 years old and this will be a gift for him to read when he gets older and for his father to read to gain more insight because I never want to stop learning and that is the theme of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. This book really touched me in the way my life is right now. All the problems that it talked about really could help the young men that are coming up today that question somethings in life. I have questioned myself on the topics that the book talks about also. The problems that they state in the book are real life problems today. Young men would love to have Hill Harper as a mentor. He could be a postive look on the troubled young men today. I would consider this book to those who are losing hope in life. He really made me think twice about my future in school. My future also. It' tells us young men about how the easy way in life isn't always right choice. It gives a great ideal of how to have a positive attitude about school and the problems around you. Its not all about the girls, and the easy money, it's about taking your time in life, getting your education, and being "Unreasonably Happy". -Keontaye K.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's like a great resource book for young ones not just the African American community. The book is for the youth that are in a confound position and are hopeless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is an educational book not only for ,Young Brothers, but for people of all ages. Living each day is truly an experience, we live, learn and love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a young brother that mentor other men older and younger than me. I was blessed with this book, from a friend, for my birthday and didn't hardly put it down until I finished it. It is about time that brothers, like ourselves that strive to promote better men, step up and show that we do read, we are listening and we are hungry for guidence. We need more books like this one. In order to show the world and ourselves that we our better then the depiction of us. Hill Harper spoke to me and encouraged my heart in the fight to see better young men come about. I'm blessing all my mentored men with this book. It is a great gift for a young man struggling with his self identity and his growth into manhood(no matter what the age). Now there are one or two places in the book where parents or mentors of men younger that 14/15 might want to black out a word or two but the total content of the book far out weigh those short comings. THANK YOU SO MUCH HILL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This bright, talented and intellectual young man came to my church and spoke with so much enthusiasm, belief and honesty that I believed what he was saying. His books were made available to purchase after the service and in a church that seats about 3 thousand, let's just say most felt touched by his words. I purchased 5 books for male family members but, I wanted to read it before I gave it to them and I'm half way threw the book and I'm inspired to continue my education and to get the word out about this book. I believe this book and Harper can give people especially males the encouragement and push to move forward in a positive direction and know that they are in control of their destiny.
Zanla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting outreach to the young reader of today's US Black culture. Unfortunately there were multiple spots where the language used went past the language of comfort into the realm of one generation reaching awkwardly to the next. The message was there, but some readers may potentially tune out as Hill Harper shows his age through his writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow love this book
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This book is 100% needed for any young man or father of young men to have
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Letters to a young Brother Harper answers questions he has received from shows to speeches and everything in between. He answers these questions in letters. He talks about everything from education to single parents. Personally my favorite chapter was “finding your swagga” where he basically talks about being yourself and do you love. I also loved how he had some other celebrities to quote in the book like André 3000, Denzel Washington and he even had president barrack Obama. That made the book even more enjoyable to read and I feel It would get other kids to read it too, and once you pick it up and start reading a few pages you won’t put it down. Great read -----D'Andre Boles
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Mr_Opera More than 1 year ago
This book really spoke to me. I purchased a copy of the book for my middle brother some years ago. I recently wanted something new for myself and I ran across this book. Now the begining is a bit slow, and Harper does address a high schooler, but when you read the book from begining to end, you find yourself growing with the student. Harper reminds you as he did the young man that the ball is in your court. It has introduced me to a new approach and caused me to reconsider my language, my thinking, my activity toward my own progress. I choose to be active and participate in my productivity. I recommend this book for anyone who is seeking to be "unreasonably happy" in all aspects of your life. Hill Harper's approach is universal but his language really resonated with me. Thanks for reading.
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EagerBeaverReader More than 1 year ago
i loved this book so much that i volunteered to purchase 10-20 more copies to a friend who teaches middle school when he starts a book club for his male students. i have since purchased 2 more copies for 2 teenage relatives. koodos to Mr Harper! i love that he has taken on this task!
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