The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich

The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich

by Terrence J


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"It's amazing how much my mom did on my behalf. As a seventeen-year-old single mom with relatively little support and all the chips stacked against her, she was able to provide an incredible amount of support for me. Her lessons enriched my spirit, my emotions, and my relationship with God."

When Lisa, a seventeen-year-old from Queens, New York, found out she was pregnant, she knew she only had one choice—to keep the child and give him the best life she could. That baby was Terrence Jenkins, better known to the world as Terrence J. From hosting gigs on BET's 106 and Park and E! News to roles in some of Hollywood's biggest movies, Terrence J is living a life he could have only imagined when he was a young boy. But it was the lessons he learned from his mother that helped make him a man—lessons about sacrifice, courage, loyalty, dreams, and perseverance. Through her words and her actions, Lisa showed Terrence the right path.

From an early age Terrence's mother pushed him to succeed and led by example. Most important, she put her son first—even if it meant leaving behind the only life she had ever known in New York City in search of a safer environment for her son, having the drive to go back to school to learn a new skill, or having the courage to start her own business and build it from the ground up. Her drive eventually became Terrence's drive.

Inspirational, funny, current, and down-to-earth, The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom offers advice for a new generation. With stories, lessons, and advice from one of the top young names in Hollywood, along with input from some of his famous friends like Kevin Hart, Ludacris, T.I., Trey Songz, and Laz Alonso, Terrence J offers a positive, powerful message: with a strong family bond, the possibilities are endless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062272942
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Terrence Jenkins, known as Terrence J, is an actor and the coanchor of E! News. Originally from Queens, Terrence was raised in North Carolina and is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. He was the host of BET's hit show 106 & Park and starred in Steve Harvey's Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Prologue 1

1 Courage & Sacrifice 9

2 Love & Acceptance 29

3 Vision & Fearlessness 51

4 Hustle & Ambition 69

5 The Importance of Learning 93

6 Loyalty 115

7 Dreams & Perseverance 139

8 Putting Others First 173

9 Patience & Humility 199

Epilogue 219

Acknowledgments 224

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