Dear Sisterfriend: Letters that Inspire, Uplift and Light a Fire in Young Women of Color (Book Review)
Reading books is a part of my self care routine. Reading is a way that I mentally escape from life, worries, deadlines, and anxieties, so that I can unplug, regroup, and dive into a good book! I especially love fiction and a good mystery! As of late, I have been enjoying, women's empowerment, self care, and inspirational books. Today, I will do a brief review on one of my latest book discoveries, Dear Sisterfriend: Letters that Inspire, Uplift and light a Fire in Young Women of Color.
About the Author(s)
Dear Sisterfriend is written by Aisha Herring, Bria Booker, Brittni Oliver, Jennifer Jones, and Tyra Whitson. These five ladies form the women's empowerment organization, The Strength of She, LLC. The SHE in The Strength of SHE stands for Success, Humility and Empowerment; they are the three core beliefs, along with self care, that the Strength of She focuses on to empower women; particularly women of color.
Dear Sisterfriend is a collection of personal letters written, (100 + letters) that empower, motivate, and encourage women. Dear Sisterfriend is divided into four sections: Dear Sisterfriend, You Come First, Dear Sisterfriend, You Should Know Better, Dear Sisterfriend, Love Yourself; and Dear Sisterfriend, You Got This. Each category has the written letters that correspond to the section. The letters feature a variety of topics relevant to women, such as: dealing with emotions, relationships, confidence, body positivity, love, health, and etc.
My Favorite Letters from Dear Sisterfriend
You're Worth More
"You are worth it! Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Some relationships may have you questioning your own worth. It is very unfortunate but our tolerance is tried often. Men and women will try to demean you with everything that they have. Your are better and stronger than them. You are worth it, queen. Now, go get what you're worth!"
Overcompensating for Insecurities
"You are good enough.
Just as you are.
Just as you've always been.
All those feelings you feel about your body, your beauty, your situation are all nothing but a distraction from reality. The distraction from the fact that you're not going to look, feel or be like anyone else.
All you can be is you.
No matter how much you go above and beyond, nothing will ever fix it. It will will never compensate for what you think are the imperfect parts of you. No matter how deep you dig into your soul and pull things out to offer others, it won't fix it.
So stop compensating for insecurities that are your own and your own to fix. "
- I feel like reading Dear Sisterfriend is like talking to that older, mature, and wiser woman in your life. Reading it is like having one of those personal, heart to heart (honest, but tactful) conversations with the older sister, aunt, mom, or even one of your best girlfriends. Ya'll know what I mean, the conversations that you have with someone who tells you the things you need to hear; and get you all the way together!
- I like that there's a letter in Dear Sisterfriend that benefits every woman, because it it covers a wide range of subjects for just about every part of a woman's life. There were so many letters that I read that hit home to me, that really made me challenge my thinking; and reflect on areas in life that I need improvement.
- I definitely feel like Dear Sisterfriend is a book that women should have in their personal book collection, because you'll want to read the letters over and over again to keep yourself motivated and encouraged, just like you would with reciting a positive affirmation. I also think it's a keeper because as your life changes and new situations arise, you can always refer back to the variety of letters, and find a letter that gives you encouragement and fits your current situation.
Dear Sisterfriend can be purchased directly from Amazon. You can also visit The Strength of SHE's website, and click under Books to purchase.