Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor

Writing My Wrongs

In 1991, at the age of nineteen, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was a young drug dealer with a quick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of Detroit. For years, as he served out his sentence for second degree murder, he blamed everybody else but himself for the decision he made to shoot on that fateful night. It wasn't until Shaka started writing about the pain from his childhood an...

Details Writing My Wrongs

TitleWriting My Wrongs
Release DateMar 29th, 2019
PublisherDrop a Gem Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Reviews Writing My Wrongs

  • Carolina Ordoñez
    This is an incredible book that every one should read once in their lives. This is what Writing My Wrongs made me feel:1. CONTRIBUTION: I thought I was contributing and helping enough till I read your book Shaka, there is so much more I can do and this pushed me to find non profit that helps women to teach them what I teach (I am a coach for women, I teach women how to boost self-esteem and be happy).2. JUDGEMENT: I do have a confession to make. ...
  • J Beckett
    Title: Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American PrisonPublished: March 8, 2016Author: Shaka Senghor288 PagesThe Review: Writing My WrongsShaka Senghor's memoir, Writing My Wrongs, exemplifies an emotional exposé, riddled with confessions that enlighten the audience and gives a human face to the incarcerated. What I was expecting was another book of distorted and dehumanizing criminology, basking in some super-imposed and cau...
  • Whitney
    Full post at http://brownbooksandgreentea.com/2016...Short Form Review: Author Shaka Senghor provides an insightful look into prison life, contextualizing it with personal anecdotes from his youth. Purposeful and inspirational, readers learn exactly how one learns to love and forgive after committing murder.Five years into his sentence for a murder resulting from a drug interaction gone awry, author Shaka Senghor received a letter. Sent from the ...
  • Nancy
    I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars but ultimately, this book is a solid 4 because while it is a compelling, engaging read, it doesn't radically stand out from any other redemption story out there. Redemption stories are, by their very nature, predictably full of plot lines that crest, dip then crest again. However, this is the first time that I've really understood how the prison system is designed to rob people of their humanity. The constant up...
  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    incredibly readable and engaging. Senghor details the circumstances of his life that led to his shooting and killing a man, and what it took to redeem himself by both his own standards and society's standards. A hard look at what prison life is like and how difficult it is to emerge with your sanity and dignity intact. I'm so glad I read this.
  • Jessica White
    Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.That subtitle rings true throughout the entire book.James White, Pumpkin, Jay. Only 19 years old and his life is about to change....He knew he was going to prison the night he shot to kill. He knew his life was virtually over when he had just made a new one. He knew Brenda was going to raise their baby alone while he sat in a prison cell. His lawyer promised 10 years, but he was sentenced to 40 ye...
  • Jessica
    I read this book concurrently with Just Mercy, and it occurred to me partway through that while I'd read books like that one that dealt with the prison-industrial complex, bias, and wrongful convictions, and I'd read books about people held captive for other reasons, I hadn't (that I could remember) read a memoir by a person who served a prison sentence for a crime he fully admits to committing. It's one thing to hear the worst-case scenarios abo...
  • Karen
    My students and I have been reading this really important book this semester, hot off the shelf. It never fails, as with all of Shaka's books, it is the one reading they ALL get into! Afterwards, they are able to put all the pieces together of the things I have had them read and watch and think about in the course. A must-read for sociologists, criminal justice majors, teachers, and all parents! Congratulations, Shaka Senghor on this life-changin...
  • Ret Yeager
    While I admire the way this troubled youth found his way back to a "normal" society, I wasn't thrilled with the writing.
  • Kathrina
    There have been a lot of prison memoirs published over the last decade. There is much to be learned from these memoirs, and it's important that there is space for these experiences to be heard, but some are more skillfully told than others. Senghor is a talented, thoughtful writer who avoids too much sentimentality and portrays his experience critically and with an eye toward criminal justice reform writ large, and not just as it applies to his o...
  • Louise
    Even an angry convicted murderer serving 19 years in prison (7 of those in solitary confinement) can turn his life around and become a positive influence and an asset to society. We need to stop judging and start loving more. A truly inspirational book about hope and redemption.If you don't want to read the book, at least watch his interview with Oprah:http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-s...
  • Nita Bee
    Yet another great read by Shaka Senghor, only this book is his memoir, his true life story. He gives a very vivid and detailed description of his life in the streets of Detroit and the time he spent in prison. This is a story of a lost soul filled with, family issues, anger and a need to belong which he found in the streets of Detroit. After landing himself in prison for murder he had time to re-think his wrongs, which took a while but he slowly ...
  • OOSA
    Turn Your Mess Into a Message“The ultimate betrayal, however, and the hardest thing for me to deal with, was my own betrayal. I had turned my back on myself the first time I picked up drugs, alcohol and guns. I had given up on myself. In fact, I had never even given myself a chance to succeed.”In the wee hours of the morning an action and reaction in the span of a few seconds changed lives forever. A man was dead and nineteen-year-old Shaka w...
  • Cyrus Carter
    Excellent memoir of a man's fight from the streets through the broken prison system to redemption of his soul. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the personal impact of the racially polarised US.
  • Ashley
    I first saw Shaka on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and thought he was so powerful in telling his story so I knew I had to read his book. The book did not disappoint.Shaka grew up in a middle class family in Detroit but he struggled with physical and emotional abuse he received from his mother. He doesn't go into great detail about the abuse but the reader knows it's a central part of why he turned to the streets. He wanted to feel loved and validated...
  • Kony
    Wise, well crafted, and brimming with tremendous strength and talent. The redemptive journey from streets to prison to transformed man is of course a classic tale -- but Shaka Senghor's version is all at once artfully gripping, socially relevant, and deeply human. He makes us see and feel the world through his eyes: first as a hopeful and eager-to-please child; then as a lost and jaded youth, drifting through numerous forms of heartbreak and vici...
  • Josephine Burks
    A great memoir of how one can make such terrible decisions and not realize it until it's too late.....fast forward to now the author is making great contributions to his community and is a testament to how even the most hardened criminals can be rehabilitated.
  • Kathleen Guth
    Kristen has suggested some good books lately that let's you peek into the window of inner-city poverty and violence. This was one of them. It is a compelling story and worth the read.
  • Melanie Page
    The title is accurate; Senghor discusses how writing out his feelings about an issue he's having and then reading back what he wrote a few days later was helpful to him processing how silly his anger could be. I only had two things that made me hesitant: after years in prison spent writing and keeping his nose clean, Senghor is asked by someone on the outside whom he had met in prison to beat up a guy just transferred to Senghor's facility. The n...
  • Criss
    Powerful story.My wife saw him talk at the Ohio Library Council Conference & Expo as the closing Keynote speaker in 2016. She enjoyed his talk and thought this book would be right up my alley. Shaka goes back and forth between his early upbringing in Detroit and his stint in the Michigan prison system. I can't possibly understand or imagine what I would have done if I were in his shoes.I listened to the the audiobook, read by the author. Shaka's ...
  • Andrea Gugel
    Absolutely a must read. An eye opening, emotional, heartbreaking and inspiring journey. Realizing my own potential - and passion - to change the world around me. “That’s why I’m asking you to envision a world where men and women aren’t held hostage to their pasts, where misdeeds and mistakes don’t define you for the rest of your life. In an era of record incarcerations and a culture of violence, we can learn to love those who no longer ...
  • Nicole
    This book struck me as impressively honest and brutal. The author explores the events of his childhood and the positive & negative impact they had on the person he became. He also delves into the details of the crack trade in Detroit and the absolute insanity of prison life, which is like nothing I ever imagined. As an aside, I was appalled at the number of times he was transferred during his 20 years of incarceration. I don’t understand the lo...
  • Jeanine
    This book is both inspirational and transformative. Shaka's story supports the saying "when you know better, you do better." And it helped me to understand that people need to be told of their potential, it is not something you are born knowing, but once a person realizes what they're capable of, anything truly is possible. And, once more, his story reiterated to me that books save lives. Time and time again, the written word continues to save li...
  • Nora
    Very good autobio of a man who spends some time in prison:How he got himself there and how he means to get himself out. How his incarceration affects his family. And mostly how he works to help others put prison behind them or not go there in the first place. It's quite readable though I saw a few places it could be tighter. Note: I hope i write as well someday. :)
  • Allison O'grady
    Excellent book. Honest, raw and compelling. I read it in 4 hours because it flowed as a single narrative story and closed the book reluctantly. I work with at-risk youth in Canada and I saw their thoughts and mindset reflected in Shaka Senghor's words. Highly recommend.
  • Amy
    I work in the prison system and found this author’s depiction of prison to be very realistic and powerful because of the work he put in to change himself during his incarceration. His story is not glamorized and he has a skill for acknowledging his painful upbringing and how racism affected him without using those things as excuses for his poor choices. I think it is amazing that he used his experiences to reach at-risk youth and educate people...
  • Kevin
    An incredible book where the trauma of a child sets the course of a man, and brings him back. Great read!
  • Anne
    Everyone should read this book