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What If The Roles Were Reversed?

7 Sep

A few weeks ago I was privileged to speak at a book club annual event. It was a joyous occasion9781476730530being amongst book lovers. So while traveling in the hotel and mingling with folks throughout the two-day event I would stop and pose the question “What are you currently reading?” to whomever I ran into. The answers varied but one answer that caught my attention was by a woman who said “I am reading Forty Acres and you should too” She went on to express how the book was a thriller with a hook.

I was sold and wanted to know more about this book. A few days later, I had the book Forty Acres; A Thriller, in my hands. A few short moments later I knew this book would go down in history as a must read book. I also knew that  one day this book will be made into a movie. The premise of the book lives in a secret society of affluent African-Americans who are out to reverse the system in their own way. For those of you that follow my blog I am hugely a self-help book fan but every now and then I take a detour. Forty Acres was my detour into fiction writing. I laid awake  for four nights in darkness praying that the beacon of light Martin would break through as I moved through this fast paced thriller.

At times I found myself in rage with the characters and then at other times I was in agreement about society and the history of the black plight. This story also begs the question of forgiveness. African-Americans who labored so hard to build this country are often in a trance by ideology to forgive the wrongs that were done to us. It is even written in our American constitution that we should not reap any reward for our sufferings. Prisons are filled with African-American men and women who commit petty crimes. We are also asked to sit down while our children continue to be murdered in the street, mostly recently in Ferguson,Missouri.

This book challenges us to think about race relations today in America. It asks the question – Can we reverse the effects of Slavery?  It also begs us to examine unfair practices that have driven wealth out of black communities. At the end of the book I wondered to myself – What if slavery was reversed? Would African-Americans have been so easily forgiven?

Have you read this thriller? Share your thoughts with me.

With faith and hope for a brighter future,

Melisa Alaba

Melisa Alaba is a Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker and  Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her  classes or retreats. Learn more at  www.melisaalaba.com



How She Got Free

22 Aug

Entrepreneurship is rewarding but it also can be tough. So how does an entrepreneur manage a family, business, relationships and take care of themselves?   How  She Got Free , 5 Step Spiritual Business Manual to women who lead through Entrepreneurship, offers solutions for the woman who struggles to experience true success in her business and in life.

At an awards show last year I was honored to meet Akilah Richards and Katrina Harrell, panelists at the event. Katrina talked about her struggles and successes as an entrepreneur; she did not want others to experience the trials and errors she had and so she penned How I Got Free, along with Akilah Richards.

How She Got Free

How She Got Free

The book chronicles the life of Layna, an entrepreneur who has experienced success and defeat. Layna longed to live the life of her dreams but found herself off-balance in her health, marriage and in having systems within her business to provide her with the structure she needed to succeed. The story of Layna allows you to peek into the life of a financially successful entrepreneur who lacks systems that allow for a well-lived life.

How She Got Free offers s a five-step plan that will lead you to discovering your Achilles heel in business and in life. Richards and Harrell provide soul work exercises after each chapter which guide you into rebuilding your business model. The authors believe that every business is viable when the right systems are put into place. Harrell hold you accountable for having a strategic business plan, accountability partners, and dealing with personality flaws that may lead to poor choices and decisions. According to Richards, many businesses fail because of lack of planning and delegating.

I  recommend this book for anyone who is struggling in their current business or for new business owners who want to start with a good foundation.  This is a great resource for gaining ideas about how to be a well-balanced entrepreneur. Richards and Harrell are among the growing number of Indie authors who are adding value to the literary community.

Living a Life of Joy,


Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website www.melisaalaba.com


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