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BOOK REVIEW: MADD Truth: Lasting Lessons for Students of Life by Dr. Alfonso Wyatt


Anyone who has worked in youth development for any significant period has had days when you want to “throw up your hands”, in victory, and also days when you want to “throw in the towel,” feeling as though you are defeated. On the days you are frustrated, it is essential to find some inspiration that reminds you to have a long-term perspective. Fortunately, there is a new resource to inspire any youth development advocate, whatever your current emotional level. It is inspiration given by Dr. Alfonso Wyatt in his recently published book: MADD Truth: Lasting Lessons for Students of Life

The book is broken down into five sections, each one filled with what Dr. Wyatt refers to as “wisdom statements,” powerful truths that are sure to resonate with anyone focused on their transformation or called to lead others towards change.

Dr. Wyatt has over 40 years old experience working with teens and young adults in any facility or institution that you can ponder. He is one of the rare speakers that can inspire a crowd of children eight years old and then move to the next room and inspire a group full of individuals who are eighty years old. Powerful truths are timeless and resonate with any generation.

He has written at least six books before this on subjects ranging from marriage to mentoring and more. As Clinton Lacey, Director, Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (Washington, DC) says in the Foreword, “Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, the “Godfather” of youth development, has once again put pen to paper in service of our nation’s most vulnerable youth, families, and communities.”

He is someone that I first met when we were fellow students at New York Theological Seminary and that I consider a great friend and mentor. If you have not experienced his wisdom via the spoken or written word, I highly recommend that you get your copy of MADD Truth.

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Karim Camara is a Spiritual Teacher, Speaker and Writer. He currently serves as Pastor, Abundant Life Church, and CEO, Camara Strategies International, a personal and organizational leadership firm.