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  1. JMreads
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it
    February 25, 2022
    JMreads
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    Value: 5
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    I so appreciate Mandisas honesty and transparency in sharing her journey. Very well written and engaging, I read it in just a few sittings. I loved her first book Idol Eyes and appreciate how this follows up and tells the since then part of her story while not shying away from the hard parts. This would be great for book clubs and discussion groups with the Getting Real questions at the end of each chapter
  2. mDav
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Insightful read
    November 24, 2021
    mDav
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've followed Mandisa off and on since her _Women of Faith_ days, and got really excited when I saw she was publishing a book! She's shared some of her story on social media, but I appreciated the opportunity to read it in full/chronologically in this new release.

    Knowing the bits and pieces I did, I was a bit concerned at how much detail the book might (or might not) go into; sometimes it did in fact seem on the lighter side, but I also kind of appreciate that in retrospect. Not all the details need to be shared in order to get a point across; sometimes it's best to simply stick to "just the facts, ma'am," and Mandisa does that admirably. She's been on _such_ a journey--and still is! Just like all of us!!--and I appreciate her honesty, forthrightness, and courage. She knows and shares how she's a work in progress, and the future is just that (and we don't know what all it will entail, including about the things we have ongoing struggles with now).

    I also really appreciated her sharing about her experiences as a black female in the CCM industry (and in general). Of course, she touches on many recent events--from the pandemic to George Floyd--and had some helpful, thoughtful insights in the book, in addition to steps she's taken to spark conversation in the radio, music, and other industries, not to mention simply with each other!

    Readers will also find helpful the questions at the end of each chapter, to really dive into each topic and apply it to life.

    I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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