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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Get Out of Your Own Way by Tyrese Gibson: Book Review

How to Get Out of Your Own WayProduct Description: Amazon
Genre: Memoir

Actor, singer, songwriter Tyrese Gibson crafts a memoir filled with every emotion and life experience one could possibly imagine. With personal experiences paired with reflective questions based on his extremely popular blog piece, "The Love Circle", Tyrese hopes to inspire readers to pursue their dreams and not let life's obstacles stand in the way.

Tyrese wrote this book to answer several questions that have plagued us all. Some of Tyrese's chapter-based questions include: How much do you love yourself? How much do you want for yourself? Why do men cheat? What is your bottom line? Are you ready for the next level?

He answers these questions by sharing his personal story of growing from rags to riches. He even offers insight to single mothers about the things they are doing on a daily basis that may have a lasting effect on your children. Tyrese unselfishly exposed his self in order to give insight into the mind of a poverty stricken child who developed into a wealthy man.

Many of the readers of this book will read it just to appease their own curiosity about this known sex symbol. Be ready to be pleasantly surprised by this mans wisdom, though gritty at times, but true wisdom. It was refreshing to hear honest, jagged pill answers from a man on the topics women inquire about daily. Romantic relationships are not all that he tackles in this book. He also asks a very pointed question of “Who are your five people?” The people closest to you represent what you think of yourself. That chapter spoke volumes and will make anyone take a close look at your environment. Is your environment conducive for life and growth, or is it dead and not producing fruit?

This book starts off very strong and depending on the issues you are dealing with in your own personal life, it will offer great advice. Each and every reader can take away a lesson on the different trials and tribulations we all go through, even if they are caused by our own inability to get out of our own way. Great work for a first time novel. It is written in a form simple enough to be given to a young teen that might be faced with the same hardships. Anyone could read the book and gain knowledge from it.

I give it three and a half stars. *** 1/2

~ Katina Walton ~


(Ed. S) an Assistant Professor at Oakwood University. She is currently pursuing her Ph. D at Alabama A&M University. She owns and operates her own tutoring company” Out front Tutoring,” She also offers professional development. She can be reached or Skyped at You can also follow her on her educational blog, Walton's Educational Newsletter.

A great big thank you to Katina Walton for guest reviewing today. I don't review non-fiction often, so on the occassion that I get frequent requests to review a non-fiction work, I will ask someone to guest review for me. And I think Katina did a wonderful job. Please show her some support by asking questions or making comments. If you have any other requests please let me know. And if you have any educational questions please do contact her HERE. Students need strong positive teachers that care and she is definitely a teacher that cares about their educational growth and success.
Thanks Katina!

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  1. Nice work, Katina.

    I have a hard time giving credibility to celebrities who give real life advice. Mostly because I do not feel that their lives are based in 'real life'. On that note, I'm wondering what does Tyrese attribute his wisdom and knowledge to? Does he acknowledge a mentor or some kind of training in sociology? Is the feel of the book one of a big brother giving advice or is it more substantial than that?

  2. Thanks Lena because I was wondering how Tyrese's book was! I definitely have to read it and I STILL have not read Steve Harvey's latest (nor the first and I have it saved to my computer)....You definitely have re-ignited the fire in my passion for reading! Thanks!

  3. I haven't heard about this man and his book but I enjoy non-fiction and biographies from time to time. A great review with some interesting commentary - thanks Lena and Katina! You two did a splendid job indeed! I just wonder whether Mr Gibson had a ghost writer to help him...

  4. Great review. I keep hearing nothing but great things about this book so I'll probably end up picking it up when it prints in paperback or when I finally buy and e-reader. I can't say that I've heard one bad thing about this book yet, so I'm curious and interested. Thanks for the review.

  5. Thanks for replying Loletha, Ms. Pettaway, Anachronist and Jade. I think she did a great job too on the review. I think this book may be worth the read.

  6. Sounds very interesting. I like the idea of "Who are your 5 people."

  7. I love reading memoirs. I like stories about people who persevere and overcome hardships and find success. I'll have to put this one on the list.


  8. Wow!! Great feedback. I will try to answer all of your questions. @ Loletha. Tyrese named four people as his mentors. They were Angie, Gayle Atkins, Reggie and Will Smith. He contributes the great advice he recieved from these people to be life saving. He even gives Will Smith credit for changing the negative superstar attitude he had developed. The story about their interaction was very insightful. The book does not speak of any formal training or education from Tyrese. The book does not give reference to a ghost writer. @anachronist. I was pleasently surprised by the level of knowledge he displayed in this book. I will admit some of it hit too close to home for me...but sometimes you need a reality check, and that is what this book provided. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comments! Happy Reading!

  9. I cannot tell a lie; I wanted to read this book, because I am in love with this man, lol. However, you've now excited me to the point where I am going to pick this book up TODAY! I think it's great that you chose this book to inform us about, from what it sounds, we would really miss out on a gem if we judge this book by its (beautiful, chocolate) cover ::wink::

  10. As usual, Katina Walton....was ON POINT!!!!! I too read and loved the Tyrese's book. As she stated I was "pleasantly surprised by this mans wisdom, though gritty at times, but true wisdom." Great job Ladies. Keep it comin'!!!!!!

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