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Take Your Dream Out of Layaway-Book Review by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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This book is so full of tips that are outlined in a very easy manner so that no one misses the mark. Most all of us are familiar with the “old school” layaway system, where if you didn’t have enough money on hand to purchase a particular item, you would put a bit of money down and pay weekly, until the item was finally yours to take home. Joni Hudson-Reynolds uses this same system to posit that many of us have put our dreams on layaway, and it’s about time to get those dreams out of layaway and have them begin to work in our favor.

There are exciting chapters that include Finding The Dream Again, The Burden and Blessing of the Dream, Owning The Dream, Living the Dream and Working the Dream, among others.

Hudson-Reynolds helps people lay out a strategy to achieve their dreams and purpose, even if one has become stagnant and the latter has been up to now undiscovered. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and in 2011 launched Dreams with Deadlines—a workshop designed for women who have a dream and want to learn how to make it happen.

An excerpt from the book jacket: This book is for people like you—who have a dream but for some reason have not been able to make it happen. You will learn how to say no and mean it; how to close the adoption agency; how to own your dream; how to start again and how to effectively use your 24 hours and more.

The author uses Biblical scriptures to accentuate some points in presenting approaches that are both logical and informative. Nothing is particularly earth shattering, but the information is often filled with anecdotes about events that have occurred in the author’s life that make the suggestion presented easier to comprehend.

For example, in Chapter 5, Giving Your Dream A Deadline, Hudson-Reynolds talks about her freshman year of college and meeting deadlines for her assignments. She spoke of using a flashlight to complete her reading, because the power had gone out in her neighborhood. She vowed not to waste time or money that had been used for her college tuition, and says that your deadline to complete whatever task you have laid out should be of an urgent concern. Finally, she says you should make every resolve to complete it on time.

Each chapter is also followed by “dream steps,” so the reader can outline positive actions to bring one closer to his or her goals.

I found this book helpful in my personal life with my dream that needed a bit of a push, as well. I highly recommend this book for people who are just getting started on the road to their dreams, or for those who have pulled on the side of the road and need a little help navigating back to the finish line.

Hudson-Reynolds’ mission is to empower people with the tools necessary to walk toward their destinies. She is available for speaking engagements and interviews.

For more information about “Take Your Dream out of Layaway” by Joni Hudson-Reynolds, visit http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU001028477/Take-Your-Dream-out-of-Layaway.aspx.

Reprinted with permission from the Chicago Crusader.

Take Your Dream out of Layaway (Westbow Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon)

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My first book has been released, Take Your Dream out of Layaway is available online through Westbow Press, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You have held on to your dream for far too long. Now is the times to make steps toward completion. It’s a step by step Christian perspective designed for anyone with a dream. I encourage you to get your copy today.

Judge Sentenced to 28 years in prison for “kids for cash” scheme

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state’s high court to toss thousands of convictions.  Former judge Mark Ciavarella, center, leaves the federal courthouse in 2009 in Scranton, Pa. He surrendered Thursday after being sentenced to 28 years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as “kids for cash.”* This was a gross abuse of power. Young people were being sentenced to longer sentences so that the judge could make more money. This was a gross abuse of power and 28 years is a small price to pay for the thousands of lives that he ruined. Since these were young people who had committed crimes some people look at them as throwaways and for that reason the judge and his cronies probably believed no one really cared so it is doubly gratifying to see the judge have to pay for his crimes with a stiff sentence.


RNC Targets the College Vote is this ad effective?

In 2008 candidate Barack Obama captured the youth vote, now that he is president has he lost some of his magic? The RNC is targeting the youth vote. Watch the ad and tell me if you think it is effective or not.

Do Appearances on BET & MTV really engage young people in the Election process?

This afternoon had the opportunity to sit in on a conference call sponsored by the Mobilization, Change and Political and Civic Engagement Project (MCPCE). They took the opportunity to reveal their findings from a national survey which examined the changing attitudes of blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos regarding race, politics, immigration and more. The chief researcher Dr. Cathy Cohen served as the moderator. If you are interested in reviewing the research you can do so at www.2008andbeyond.com. A number of issues were discussed, but one that I would like to explore is the effectiveness of using networks like BET and MTV to reach young people. President Obama made an appearance at a town hall event last week that was televised on both networks. This was done in an effort to reach out to young people, but one of the speakers on the call made an excellent point. The president has been speaking to college students, but not all young people go to college so how do you cross that divide? The show that came on MTV immediately after the president was Teen Mom. How do you reach the voting age teen mom, how do you reach the minimal wage young worker? Who is talking to them? One of the speakers talked about how this generation is the “wired” generation and they use social media to get the word out. Almost all politicians have a Facebook page and a Twitter account but do they know how to use these tools effectively to reach young people? Young people came out in 2008 and the people that were a part of this discussion believe young people will come out for the midterm elections. The stakes are equally as high. Do you believe the president has been effective in getting his message out to young people? Does he need a surrogate to help take the message to the streets? Tell me what you think.

Should Everyone Call Barack Obama Mr. President?

One of the reasons President Obama won was his ability to connect with people. He can look at someone and make them feel like the most important person in the room. As a matter of fact Time Magazine has a photo of President Obama talking to a black butler on Inauguration Day and he seems fully engaged. This is a guy who has probably been treated like a piece of furniture. Not that he has been disrespected, but probably made to feel invisible. So many of the people who supported President Obama are young people and they too felt like they could identify with the president. Here is a guy who used the Internet so effectively throughout the campaign. He fought to keep his own BlackBerry after he was elected, and he became a symbol of a new brand of politics. He was almost like a peer because he could understand the concerns of the young people so well. So it is only natural that they called him by his first name. One of my friends says she is tired of hearing young people refer to him as Barack. She says he’s the president now and he deserves to be called Mr. President like his predecessors. I don’t feel they lack respect I feel like they think he is still one of them, and these same young people if they had the opportunity to meet him will have the common courtesy and respect to address him as Mr. President.  The fact is he is president for a new generation but like the pageantry of the inauguration some things never change, and at some point everyone needs to refer to him as Mr. President.