5 Books From Black Authors You Should Read This Year

From finance to inspiration, these books are sure to get you through 2018

Whether you seek financial freedom or inspiration, these books are sure to help you or someone you know in 2018.

photo: Iyanla Vanzant

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

You may know her as the woman people go to when they need to fix their lives, however, Iyanla Vanzant is not only a life coach but a bestselling author as well. Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving is a testimony of how “…life’s hardships can be relanguaged and re-visioned to become lessons that teach us as we grow, heal, and learn to love. Iyanla Vanzant is an example of how yesterday’s tears become the seeds of today’s hope, renewal, and strength”.


photo: Debrena Jackson Gandy

All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real In Your Life by Debrena Jackson Gandy

Debrena Jackson Gandy is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, success coach, and seminar leader dedicated to helping women access their inner power and live more joyfully and boldly.  Her book, All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real In your Life is filled with personal experiences and insightful stories from readers, friends, and seminar participants that shows readers how to develop their spiritual strength, tap into their divine potential, and discover how to have a life of joy, peace, power, and ease.


Standing In the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men by John Head

In Standing in the Shadows, Head “…challenges both the African American community and the psychiatric community to end the silent suffering of black men by taking responsibility for a problem that’s been ignored for far too long. Additionally, Standing in the Shadows “…gives women an understanding of depression that enables them to help black men mend their relationships, their families, and themselves.”

The One Week Budget by The Budgetnista (Tiffany Aliche)

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is America’s favorite financial educator and the author of the bestselling book, The One Week BudgetThe One Week Budget is for anyone that wants to manage their day-to-day money without the day-to-day trouble. In the book, Tiffany teaches readers how to start an effective money management system in 7 days or less.. This is a definite “must read” for anyone interested in obtaining financial freedom.

photo: Tah-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In his book, In Between the World and Me, Coates writes a letter to his adolescent son in which he attempts to explain how to live in a world where his Black body is feared and unaccepted. “From fear and confusion comes a soul-gripping and honest understanding of the world as it is and what it might take to find liberation”. The memoir is Coates’ way of sharing with his son and the world “the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.”


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