Written by Terrence K. Williams
Reviewed by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, January 28, 2021
Disclaimer: I have been a fan of Terrence Williams and all of his very funny posts on social media mocking current events for the past 2 years. I did not know about his youthful days and the difficulties he experienced before I began reading about his life. This book was an eye-opener, at least for me.
If you watched the movie DAS BOAT or read the book, the one aspect that came across loud and clear was that most of the time the German sailors spent underwater was extremely monotonous and boring. The first half of Williams book at first seems to be repetitive but that is exactly the point he desires to make regarding the turmoil in a very young boy’s life when they are brought into this world by a mother addicted to drugs and alcohol. The repeating of his treatment and the treatment of his many siblings is exactly the point of his book. To the young mind like his, there should have been no hope of ever escaping the abuse or looking forward to a brighter future. Just more of the same, day to day to day.
The title of Williams’ book nails it. Williams went from the depths of living in total poverty, not knowing where his next meal and clean clothes would come from, to sitting next to the President of the United Stated in the White House. This is a book about The American Dream and how it is available to anyone who sets out to achieve it in spite of their good or bad life stories.
Williams story is heartbreaking to say the least. He relates his ultimate success in believing in the will of God even when Williams gave God every reason to abandon him. While on his way to meet President Trump, Williams was involved in a very serious auto accident that resulted in a broken neck when he spent all of 2019 in recovery. His life story, thus far, is compelling and well worth reading. Many within the Black Community will undoubtedly take exception to his beliefs and HAVE taken exception to his position on advancing the wellbeing of Blacks and freeing them from the status quo of governmental dependency as evidenced by the many vial death threats he has received because of his beliefs and positions. This is a book about making choices, achieving what you want to achieve in spite of roadblocks thrown in your way to distract you.
Who should read this book? Everyone but especially any young child currently living in the foster care system
Would I read it again? Probably not but not because it is not worthy of a second read, just not necessary.
Would I give it as a gift? ABSOLUTELY!!!