The first audio book I have ever listened to, and boy what beautiful content to make my exposure to them so romantic. Why hadn’t I listened to any audio books yet, considering they are so easy to consume? More importantly, why haven’t I read this book considering it was published in 2011, 2 years ago? Either way, this time it felt like the right time to do it and absorb everything.
Gene Elliott Thornton Jr, a.k.a. No Malice’s talent with words doesn’t just suit rap but bleeds through to this book as well. His story of Hip Hop, fame, girls, money, faith and God is a must read and his storytelling ability just makes it that much better. In the audio book he just sounded articulate, reminiscent of his flows, and the original voices, background sounds and theatrics just amplified the whole message experience.
As a hip hop head, it was good to hear the story and fill in the blanks and if you are one too, then just that alone is good enough reason for you to read the book. Like hip hop, his story to faith is raw and almost uncut; even though the ‘N’ word and others like it are chopped and screwed. I particularly loved that because it allows for saving the ears of the innocent while still capturing those that need to relate on that level of language background. A few weeks earlier, I don’t think I would have been able to say that. It really had to be the right time to read this book, on the same token I feel it is not for everyone, as the reference to sex in it would be best kept away from growing ears. The message overall is good to do a mighty work in ministering the gospel and obtaining wisdom.
I have to say, I have followed No Malice’s movements with a more watchful eye since he came out with the notion that he is now a saved christian. I naturally took it with a pinch of salt, my thinking was the world has just recovered from Mase so “ain’t nobody got time for that.” I did nothing with that information but to see what fruit would come off it. Was he just broke and looking for another way to capitalise off a more vulnerable or gullible audience? Was I struggling to forgive or was I checking his actions to see what fruit he would produce as Matthew 7:15-20 puts it:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
I think I was playing a bit of both, unforgiveness and fruit checking, but either way time would tell. After years of seeing the content released by the man and finally reading this book, I realise either this man cannot be making this up or he is a liar on a scale unimaginable. The deciding factor on the authenticity of No Malice’s testimony on salvation, for me, in this salvation journey were the clear hints in moments I like to call God’s signature. There were many points that reflected my own salvation. While I understand this is not enough to convince everyone as a valid reason because everyone’s salvation story differs, I still recommend this book.
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