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2016 Summer Reading List

School’s out, it’s summer time, and it’s time to do some reading! In addition to my “required” readings for some publishing companies, I plan to read books by some highly respected authors, movers and shakers. For each book I read, I will write and publish a review. The following is a list of the authors and their works:

Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Strength to Love (1963)
  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (1958)
  • The Trumpet of Conscience (1968)
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (1967)
  • Why We Can’t Wait (1963)

Why MLK, Jr.? Because anyone who can use Jesus’ teaching to lead a movement which impacted a nation and the world probably has some ideas and information which I need for myself in order to make me a better person in every way. To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s writings, see his bibliography on the King Center’s website at http://www.thekingcenter.org/books-bibliography#BookMLK

A.W. Tozer

  • God’s Pursuit of Man
  • How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit (currently reading)
  • Tozer for the Christian Leader
  • The Pursuit of God
  • Paths to Power
  • Prayer

In April 2016, I read A.W. Tozer’s book entitled, “Prayer”. This was the first book I’ve read by Tozer. You can read my summary of this book, and the impression it made on me by reading my book review here on the TDarris Blog, or by visiting Amazon.com.

Tozer’s ability to teach subjects with enough detail and concision to help the reader to get an informative introduction to a subject is one of the reasons why I’ve added A.W. Tozer to my 2016 Summer Reading List. Another major reason is because he teaches essential biblical concepts which seem to be missing from much of what is considered to be “Christian” teaching and preaching in today’s society. Morevoer, he teaches with the intent to inform, correct and influence people for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Robert Johnston

“Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back: What Christians and the American Church are Missing”

I am reading this book for a publisher, and will post this book to my blog and on retailer websites. In the review, I will share my impressions of this book, in addition to an overall summary.

If I have the time (this summer) I want to read books by…

Robert Greene

During my days as an intern, a former co-worker introduced me to “Power” by Robert Greene. She explained to me that I should read it because the book highlighted and detailed some of the major characteristics, strategies and related works of some major historical figures and how their characteristics and strategies could be used in daily situations in career, education and other personal and professional pursuits. So, I did some research on Robert Greene and his popular book, and I discoverred that he had give books in which he explored similar topics. I’ve purchased “Power”, and after I finish that book, I plan to read his other four book. So, here Robert Greene’s books:

  • Power
  • Mastery
  • The Art of Seduction
  • The 33 Strategies of War
  • The 50th Law

This summer, I’ll be reading these books while I’m studying for my teacher certification exam, managing two organizations, researching, reading, writing, editing, narrating and publishing poetry and prose, exercising a whole lot (!), and studying dance amongst other things. So, I’m giving myself 12 weeks to completly read all of these books, and to write and publish a review for each one.

Other books I want to read this fall:

  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The World As I See It by Albert Einstein
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • Gandhi: An Autobiography – The Story of My Experiements with Truth
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois
  • Narrative of the Life and Works of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
  • The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

What’s on your summer reading list? I’d love to know! Please share in the comments section, or let me know on Instagram or Twitter @TDarris.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #31 – I’m thankful that trends eventually fade away

Honestly, I don’t like trends because that usually means that lots of people are doing and/or, saying and/or thinking the same thing(s). I’ve never “fit-in”, and I’ve never been a “follower”. I’m more of an “anti-trendster” because if I see a trend which I think is cool, I generally don’t participate in it until it is no longer popular amongst the masses.

I’m sitting here trying to think of trends which I waited to embrace. One which I can think of off the top of my head is Facebook. I could be wrong, but I waited until 2009 to open my Facebook account for the simple fact that it was so popular amongst my friends and associates. So, i don’t do trends. What about?

Do you follow trends? Which are your favorites?

Challenges, Thank You

Thank You

A few months ago, I challenged myself to reflect on 30 reasons why I’m thankful, and to write about them. That challenge ended a few weeks ago, and I’m more thankful than ever. So, now, I’m going to post more often about the things, experiences, and people, for which I’m thankful. I believe that thankfulness helps us to be more content in our daily lives.

So, the tab on this site which read, “30 Days of Thankfulness” now simply reads, “Thank You”.

Join me each and I’ll share why I’m thankful!


Share Why You’re Thankful!

You can share why your thankful on the TDarrisBlog by posting in the comments sections of each post, or, if you send your “Thankfulness Story” to me via e-mail, teyunatdarris@gmail.com, your story could be featured on the TDarrisBlog.


30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

I’m thankful for my daddy

My daddy used to call me his “Brown-eyed girl”. He is a pillar of my life. He was my teacher, leader, defense and strength. I was his little girl.

He pushed me and my siblings to study music and to explore the arts. He was so proud of us that he would showcase our talents to his friends whenever they’d come visit us on Saturday mornings.

He’d make us play the piano and keyboard. My brother would play his clarinet. My sister and I would play the violin. I would play the trombone— which my mother did not approve of me playing because she thought it would make me have big cheeks like Satchmo and Dizzy Gillespie— LOL!

It wasn’t until I started undergrad that I realized that so many people come from households which did not include their fathers and mothers living as one with their children. And just as I said in a previous post about my mom, I don’t know what my life would be like if I did not have my daddy.

I am thankful for the strength and life lessons he poured into me all my life before he died. And I’m thankful for the identity he gave me, and for the legacy which he passed down to me.

There is so much that I could say about him, but tears are rolling down my eyes as I think about him— maybe this post should be a podcast instead of a text post so that I can fluently express the gratefulness I have for my daddy 🙂

He gave me some instructions before he left this life, and I’m so glad to say, “Daddy, I’m doing everything you told me to— thank you. I love you. 🙂

God, I just want to tell you THANK YOU for my daddy 🙂

(In today’s post, I’m embedding two videos from YouTube: One is Van Morrison’s Brown-eyed Girl, and the other is the Temptation’s My Girl— he used to sing these songs to me 🙂)

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #29 – I’m thankful for the opportunities to earn an education

In a previous post, I shared that I’m thankful for the freedom to choose. As a part of that freedom, I chose to become educated, and I I choose to be a lifelong learner. This is because the world is full of great things, ideas and people, and I’d like to learn about them while I’m along for the ride called, “life”. I enjoy learning at the University, and I also enjoy learning through interaction with people, the Internet, and exhibitions.

I want to focus this post on the fact that I am thankful that I have been educated through all of these means, and I am grateful to everyone who has taught me. I am one of the few of the billions of people in the world who is preparing to work on a doctoral degree, and has the time, knowledge skills and abilities to write scholarly essays and articles. I think that it’s safe to say that most of the people in the world could care less because they have to concern themselves with caring for themselves and their families and therefore don’t have the time, resources or opportunities to earn an education. And that’s okay, because there’s nothing wrong with providing for one’s family.

But, I’m thankful that I can use the education I’ve earned to help others in their areas of need.

God, I thank you for blessing me with the opportunities You’ve given me to become educated.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #30 – I’m thankful for the Internet

I used Internet to write this post and website. You are reading this post. All of this happened because we’re using the Internet. I’m thankful.

Enjoy this video about the “Power of the Internet” and share your thoughts 🙂

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Day #28 – I’m thankful for indoor and outdoor plumbing

Let me put it this way: if you’ve enjoyed the water fountains in your neighborhood, or t own, drunk water from a water faucet outside, used a toilet, flushed it, then turned a faucet to wash your hands— then, you should be thankful too.