Things I Never Talk About by Lanisha Porter is a documented emotional account of a young girls journey to adulthood. It is a compelling account of her life’s struggles, dreams, and uncertainties. She recounts details of her life with raw vulnerability while also evoking a level of wisdom to young girls and young women alike. Porter has arranged a story in a progressive manner with intentional themes; for example, childhood, education, dreams, love, and work ethic. She gives each of these detailed accounts of her life. There are chapters of sadness and depression; however, the chapters end with a message of faith and hope. Even when she speaks of eating ramen noodles and polish sausage, living in a house with a mouse infestation, and roof cave-ins, she continues to have a spirit of hope and faith. In a few short chapters, she reports the happenings of her life embracing her struggles, her fears, and dreams. She created a convincing account of a young girl’s life in Louisville, Kentucky growing up with single father and an absent mother. She focused on education, her dreams, and her faith. This deeply moving narrative of a young girl’s life reveals how much a determined and grateful spirit can achieve one’s dreams.
-Dr. Lynn Reynolds
Lanisha's autobiography is a heart warming and easy read for everyone, especially young women. Lanisha speaks on many life lessons shes learned throughout her prime and what those lessons taught her in becoming the resilient and determined young woman she is today. Reading "Things I Never Talk About" will expand your mindset and will leave you feeling confident and inspired to follow your dreams. You will not be disappointed!
Love..love..love your book!! I have highlighted and written on the margins of almost every page. You are definitely WISE beyond your years. In fact, your book has been so inspirational to me that I am going to use it along side the Bible to educate my daughter and sons.
You are so brave. I applaud you for being so vulnerable in your writing. Your story has already made me reconceptualize my relationship with my daughter--how important having those everyday moments are....and given me a glimpse into the way my 6 yr old looks at me--her "Mommy." Thank you for that. You are such a strong young woman. I admire you.
Believe it or not but your book encouraged me to enroll back in college. I now realize that education is my passport to achieve success. Your book made that really clear in the chapter where you wrote about education.
Lanisha Porter is a woman that was sent by God to teach young women about how to live to be a woman of strength which comes from God. Through the use of her story, this book really highlights her highs and lows throughout her childhood that helped mold her to the woman she is today. Something that has really got my attention and has woke me up was her strive to be educated and go to college. Since I read this book, I decided to not give up on my dreams and to continue higher education. Lanisha taught me some things that I can use if I have a daughter but more importantly it doesn't stop there. Women around the world should read this and learn how to focus on school and not boys. To lanisha, keep up the great work in making a difference and creating change in the lives of others. Thank you for laying out a path for young women and thanks for inspiring me to not give up on my dreams. Your fellow central high school alumni and friend in christ.
-Kenneth A. Jr.
Lanisha Porter is very candid in the writing of her journey through life struggles, victories, fears, hurt, and choices. She's also very motivational, full of wisdom, faith in God and knows she can do anything she puts her mind to and is prepared to do the work that is needed. She is the kind of young woman you would encourage your daughter to be friends with. I would definitely recommend the book to any young adult female. I suspect that Lanisha Porter will accomplish great things and that she will touch many lives.
HEAR IT FOR YOURSELF; LISTEN TO WHAT LANISHA PORTER TAUGHT YOUNG GIRLS ACROSS KENTUCKY.
Miss Porter spent the earlier part of 2016 speaking to young ladies of an all-girl Christian ministry about the importance of "Books over Boys" in Madisonville, Kentucky. Porter, 21, is a fierce advocate for female empowerment, and passionately speaks about minimizing the distractions that often take women off course from actualizing their full potential.
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