What readers are saying...
Jamaal's Incredible Adventures in the Black Church
"Being an adult woman, I never thought I'd enjoy books about t/ween boys. And then a guy friend kept telling me to read Youth In Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp, by C./D. Payne. I was delighted by this book, so when my daughter suggested I read The Dangerous Life of Altar Boys by Chris Furman, I didn't think twice. Later, I picked up Colson Whitehead's Sag Harbor without any nudging. The same holds true for Myron J. Clifton's book, Jamaal's Incredible Adventures in the Black Church. This book's Prologue contains some of the best-written content I've ever read, and the rest of the book doesn't disappoint. I was fascinated finding out about the adults in the Church and their misadventures, as described by Jamaal. No matter your age or background, it would be hard to escape the wonder that is Jamaal. I highly recommend this book."
"I laughed, cried, was shocked, sad, angry and felt honored to a part of the Adventure."
"This novel took me back to my childhood with my grandmother and other family members. Whether you attended a black church or not, this is an entertaining book!"
"Myron is an amazing writer! You’ll get lost in his story telling and in todays world, this is exactly what we need! Bravo!"
"As an old white lady, my experiences with the Black Church have been from a very different perspective than what a young Black man related to the pastor would have experienced. So while I can't personally testify to the authenticity, I FELT like I was present, in Jamaal's not-always-comfortable-there skin."
"This speaks to the skill of the author. The behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyles and habits of this (fictional) community of Black pastors isn't particularly flattering to them, so if that's what you wanted to find, this is not your book. But if you wanted an honest and humorous coming-of-age story about a young man pulled in several different directions by life, family and community, it's excellent."
"Jamaal's Incredible Adventures in the Black Church is a work of fiction but, as someone who was raised in the church, I definitely see similarities. I've attended several churches and a couple of denominations, human behaviors are pretty consistent. What unfolds in this book is more heartbreaking than revelatory."
"I laughed, I cried, and I learned a lot about stuff I didn’t know. Great book, highly recommend. I’m not sure if Black church is like this, but I’m pretty sure behind the scenes most white churches are."
"I purchased this book a while ago and read the prologue but put it down until I knew I had time to sit and read uninterrupted. I finally finished last week, and this book did not disappoint. It was edgy and hilarious, bringing me right back to when I was a youth within the inner working of the Black Church. I highly and enthusiastically recommend this book as I'm about to reread it. Bravo to Mr. Clifton!"
"Wow. I just finished reading this book…and I cried for over an hour. My god, Myron J. Clifton grabbed me by the feels and did not let go. Do yourselves a favor - buy and read Jamaal’s Incredible Adventures in the Black Church. you will NOT be disappointed. It’s brilliant!"
"I completed this book during flight my to Denver, which is the only reason I wasn't sobbing. I know what you're thinking: C'mon, Tonya, it's a book about coffee and tea! Nope...it's more than that. It's about why we choose specific beverages, how those beverages make us feel and the memories they invoke. I thought about my family and our preferences, and my paternal Grandmother's refusal to drink coffee unless it was instant Sanka.
This book would make a wonderful "just because" gift to the coffee, tea and chocolate milk lovers in your family. Thanks, Myron, for sharing your reflections with us."
"Myron created a special story and a personal story from each coffee drinkers experience. Not only did he capture the taste of the drink, but he also educated me on the history of the drink, the origin, and the personal connection. Its a wonderful journey and highly recommended!"
"This book is beautifully written ~ it is a journey reading this and as I read it opened up memories on connecting and conversations over coffee and tea over the years ~ my daughter loved it, we always enjoyed coffee and food how it connects people!"
Ride Over Share
"I received this book as a gift, and like the other book I've read from this author, I wanted to give myself the proper time to read it so I could get into it. The stories within the pages made me laugh, think, ponder, feel sad, get angry, and laugh all over again while keeping in mind the tightrope the driver, a black man, had to walk while providing a service and making a living. I hope Mr. Clifton graces us with a part 2. I will be first in line to purchase it!"
"Got this book as a gift!!! Spent my Saturday morning reading it! Absolutely enjoyed it!"
BLM-PD: Revenge Was Inevitable
"Preface: This is generally not a genre that I read. For the most part I enjoy horror and sci-fi so I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. With that preface out of the way I want to say that I enjoyed this book basically from cover to cover. The characters are incredibly relatable, we all know a KJ and a Queen and if you don't you should make better friends. This book truly reads like a great heist novel only instead of riches being the ultimate goal the target of this novel is revenge. It's an incredibly fast paced novel that will keep you reading even when your eyes are red from a need to sleep. The story has a emotionally painful buildup, an incredible payoff, and a satisfying conclusion. Even though this isn't my normal genre I hope that the author eventually writes a sequel so that we can learn what comes of the revolution. Fantastic Read!"
"I was captivated immediately. The characters are fleshed out (we all know a KJ and a Queen) the fast pace keeps you engaged all the way through and without giving away anything, it’s satisfying to see karma in action."
"This action-thriller invites readers inside a secret team of grieving, enraged, weapons- and -martial arts-trained Black women, formed after the senseless and completely unjustified murder of their mutual friend Jack by a white police officer. The team dedicates itself to well-targeted retaliatory action against this country’s 400 years of racist violence by the law enforcement and criminal justice systems against Black and other POC. Thus, in the novel, the familiar anti-hero action figure is reimagined as a league of professional well-placed, Black women whose lethal violence against certain racist white cops and prosecutors feels to them justified and way too long in coming. Thanks to the author’s inclusion of a heartbreaking and rage-inducing plethora of real-life incidents of racist police violence and prosecutorial malfeasance, BIPOC and allied white readers will understand and share the rage and helplessness that drive the BLM-PD group. The angrier and more helpless readers feel about the history and human costs of racism - and white supremacy ordained violence against Black and other POC in the U.S., the more they will want to read, and will appreciate, this novel."
"A friend of mine was raving about a book that he discovered called BLM-PD. He insisted that I should read it. I was a little reluctant to take his word for it because my attention span is usually too short to enjoy fictional novels. I am a little embarrassed to admit this but if a novel does not grab my attention in the first five pages I will sit it down never to return. I must say that BLM-PD captured my attention from the very start! This is the first book that I have read in a long time that I could not put down - great read!"
"BLM-PD is a page turner! Great characters, vivid visuals & writing that brings emotions. Love the book and the fact that it also provides real-life examples of what is happening in our world today & facts on BLM. LOVE the female perspective through leadership, intelligence, resilience, friendship & power. Buy it!"
"This book kept me engaged from the very start to the very end. It left me wanting more. The character development allowed me to feel connected to each of the women, and wanting to be part of their strong bond with one mission in mind… revenge because of a deep love connection for the one man that kept them all together."
"I read a lot of mystery and thrillers. This was not exactly either. It is a great suspense. It’s always difficult writing a review without spoilers. Also, it is pertinent to this review that I am white and middle aged. The novel has a great cast of stong women who take action. As a woman I find some of the tension between the women forced, however, it’s not unheard of.There is a lot of tension in this novel, between the women, within society. The plot is good. It’s straightforward (which I really like). What’s better is how the author weaves social commentary into the novel. And not in a way that everyone is going to be comfortable with. Nor should they be. For me, the violence and reasoning behind the violence made me incredibly uncomfortable. However, objectively the choices made by the characters make sense. In a world where Black people, both adults and children, are at risk simply based on their skin color, why should white people get a pass? And this is a valid question. Again, I am staying away from the plot. The political commentary worked nicely too and gave me a lot to think about."
Her Legend Lives In You: The Untold Creation Story Honoring The Goddess & Our daughters
"I enjoyed the imagery very much. A fresh and hopeful take, which I enjoyed reading with my daughter."
"Beautiful writing! What a refreshing view on creation. I love it!"
"This charming, engaging and thoughtful take on divine creation artfully mixes science, feminism, mythology and the magic of mother-love. It is both playful and serious, introspective and fun. I love that it can be enjoyed across all ages. Younger readers will enjoy the magic and mystery (and the cat...and the dog…), more experienced readers will find much to mine in the mash-up of science, fable and whimsy. It is at its heart a love letter to womanhood, to mothers and daughters. Share it with the women and girls in your life...and all the men, too."
"Empowering and inviting. This is a truly delightful combination of empowering yet inviting. The author’s words are warm and striking; perfect on your nightstand to read before bed."
"This book is lovely. Bought for my 12 year old daughter. It’s about mother love, the divine feminine. Like reading a dream."
"This book honors and empowers women in such a deep and thoughtful way. It is one of a kind, and a must-have for every mother and daughter. I highly recommend this book to all, and would love to see our education system assign quality reading like this to our schools. It is important that young women (and men!) grow up learning about stories (and religious stories in particular) in school and church about strong, resilient, women and mothers, not just men. Buy this book and gift it to everyone!"
"A stunning breakaway from our conventional way of thinking! It has been postulated time and time again about the possibility of a Supreme Being above all. Is there an ultimate creator above all creators? It’s like trying to answer the question about the Big Bang theory that believed by many to have been the single event responsible for creating the universe. However, it’s been asked time and again, what was there before the bang? For that, we have no answer. The author proposes to succinctly address that question. The narrative went on to support a sovereign vital force above all imagined creators on our blue orb. An ultimate deity guided me on a fantastic journey to witness the spiritual creation of our universe and everything within it. In fact, of all universes and everything within it. Compared to what our world has led itself to believe in now, the storyline is not so far-fetched. It presents another option taking a hard look at. This book comes recommended."
MONUMENTS: A Deadly Day at Jefferson Park
“Monuments, as this book is aptly named, serve purposes seen and unseen. In a time where people seek to glorify the traitorous actions of the Civil War, those monuments spark several types of reactions. Ignoring injustices as if they aren’t continuing, work to acknowledge and correct those unjust systems, or use those monuments to spur violence of those wronged to justify and secure power. This book sparks conversations that need to be had if we are ever to have lasting progress in society. Ever note of this book rings true. A thought-provoking read, well worth the time. – R.S.”
“I didn’t think Myron could top BLM-PD, but he did, in spades. I devoured this book in one day. Terrific plot and great characters. Looking forward to whatever is next! —D.C."
“This book was riveting and filled with lessons we can all apply to society. I honestly could not put it down once I started reading it. I highly recommend this book. – S.”
“Very well written, a lot of incidents were sad but true, I hope this author continues to write. – B.A.”
“I like the book, it kept me intrigued.”
"This is a fabulous book by an up-and-coming author! Check it out!"
"Whew!!! That was a LOT! The ending, or should I say, the final third of this book, didn't disappoint, and I certainly made the correct choice to sit still until I completed Monuments. The author masterfully develops his characters, allowing readers to easily invest in their stories, and remain curious about their fates. This novel is so good, and I look forward to Mr. Clifton's future published works. Well done, Sir."
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