The Black Experience

Transform the Story Your Mind Writes (Mindset Transformation Book 1)

Non-Fiction - Self Help
221 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2018
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

The Black Experience by Jacklyn Brown uncovers how hidden negative beliefs about oneself and the world become embedded in your unconscious, which in turn develop into self-defeating rituals by which we live. This is a concise exploration of the root causes of negativity and the constant battle everyone must take to expose the difference between what you perceive and the actual truth. This book will teach you how to open your mind so you can reveal the truth and take steps to change. You will have a better insight and the capability to form new habits that will enrich and transform every section of your life.

The Black Experience by Jacklyn Brown was excellently written and I was hooked from the first paragraph. This book is well researched in the dark, hopeless emotions connected to depression. Such as ‘Crawling towards the light until I relearned how to walk to it’, was an excellent description of the hopelessness you feel. I have learned so much about how your thoughts can become reality with no proof to substantiate them, and how this mindset causes low self-esteem and the inability to make relational choices. I now understand that you must not hide behind lies and excuses because of fear of the unknown or failure. I found the analysis on relationships and parenting invaluable. This book left me with a great sense of optimism for the future because now I understand that everyone has the capability to make choices that bring positive results, but we also have been given the tools to achieve the changes we need to make.

Ruffina Oserio

The Black Experience: Transform the Story Your Mind Writes by Jacklyn Brown is a powerful opening in the Mindset Transformation series, a book that will revolutionize the way you see yourself, hence the way you feel and live your life. Many are the books I pick up to read and put down after reading few lines, but I was hooked when the author states in the introduction: “I want to offer you a new way to see the world around you. I want to empower you by sharing the knowledge that has empowered me to break free. My purpose is to show you that it is possible.” The phrase that came after got me intrigued: “You’re the one in charge of disrupting any cycle you may feel stuck in.” Surprisingly, the author delivers, and unlike what we read in most motivational books, she doesn’t go on to tell readers how to take responsibility for their lives, but shows them how she took responsibility for hers.

This is one of the few books that left me with the strong feeling that it was written for me, left me feeling as though the author was writing from my head, addressing my limiting thought patterns, my fears and darkness, and my flights from reality. First, she leads readers into the heart of her darkness, and allows them to feel her vulnerability, uncovering the source of that darkness and the wrong stories we write for ourselves. Then, she offers ground-breaking tools to help readers break away from their prisons, touching intelligently on topics like the law of attraction, parenting, sex, self-image, and a lot more. In The Black Experience: Transform the Story Your Mind Writes, Jacklyn Brown speaks words of wisdom to the reader’s heart, her prose is filled with life experiences and rooted in reality, and her voice is as powerful as it is compassionate. It is a life-changing book.

Gisela Dixon

The Black Experience: Transform the story your mind writes (Mindset Transformation Book 1) by Jacklyn Brown is a non-fiction memoir and self-help book rolled into one. The Black Experience starts off with a basic introduction by Jacklyn herself, about her life in brief, her experiences, and what prompted her to write this book. The book is then divided into several chapters such as: Pain, the Mind, Parenting, Relationships, Love, Sex, Basic Human Needs, the Subconscious Mind, and more. Each of these chapters has some questions and short exercises designed to make the reader think and reflect on their own life.

I really enjoyed The Black Experience by Jacklyn Brown; it is very well thought out and written. I appreciated that Jacklyn has written from her own experiences and her personal narrative is what makes this book stand out even more. It is not simply a dry, impersonal self-help book; instead it transforms into a part-autobiography and part-memoir as well. One of my favorite sections in the book is the one on the Six Basic Needs and it really captured the essence of many of human behaviors, thoughts, and actions. Another section that I found especially useful was the one on relationships. Indeed, not just these, but almost all of the sections and topics covered in this book are relevant to the daily life and living of almost any person. Overall, this is a great read that I would certainly recommend!