Book Review - The Conversation by Hill Harper

I am not a big fan of self-help books or actors turned motivational speakers, but I have to say I am more impressed than I thought I would be. I'm impressed to know that Hill Harper is not just an actor, but he is an intelligent, educated man. I feel that judging a book by it's author is important sometimes. While the book itself is not about the author he does share some real-life experiences that make the book more personal, and it helps to know that he seems to know what he is talking about.

I like this book so far because it is a book filled with common sense that we chose to ignore at times. It brings to light the ignorant fears we have and makes us address them. I think that the book for me has done what it was intended to do and that start the conversation (which I've had plenty of since I started this book). I love the interaction that he includes in the book, it helps create a dynamic that gives a somewhat panoramic view of prevalent situations we sometimes face.

I wish he would have described more about the people who were talking, so I could feel like I knew them better. So I could judge whether or not they were justified in their beliefs. And I'd hoped for more dialog between men and women and not just separated conversations. I think it would have helped in continuing the conversation had he created a forum for that type of interaction. Also I wish it could be more diverse...sometimes the responses seem staged and too cliche.
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