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"I'm very passionate about everything that I do, and I don't play any games. I just keep it honest. I don't put on airs. That's the only way you can be. If you tell one lie, you've got to tell another lie. I'm cool with who I am. What you see is what you get."

Stand-up comic. Single dad. Radio personality. TV star. Prankster. Producer. Community activist. Man of faith.

Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and you'll find few people who aren't familiar with or fans of Rickey Smiley. At least four million listeners in over 80 markets tune in every weekday morning to hear him banter with his radio show crew, hilariously prank call an unsuspecting listener, and perform skits etched by his one-man cast of characters including "Lil' Darryl", "Beauford", and "Joe Willie".

But in between the rapid-fire jokes, hip-hop beats, and celebrity dish are flashes of how Rickey views the world, from the challenges of raising children, to the importance of education, to the need to always stand in your own truth. After more than two decades in the spotlight, Rickey is finally ready to delve more deeply into the opinions he voices ever so briefly on the air, riffing on those issues that his listeners, viewers, and fans find most important. Stand by Your Truth is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey's down-home humor with the values he learned from being raised by three generations of elders, steeped in the Baptist church, and mentored by some of the most celebrated comics in the entertainment industry today.

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I love this book!!

Rickey Smiley really has overcame so much and was able to put it all in one book. This is a book I won't forget he has so many encouraging words. Rickey was very Patient and because of that he is where God wants him. I smile and shed tears reading this book. I love it

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Wonderful book!

I am so glad that I listened to this book. I found myself sharing info frim the book with my family and friends. It helped me gain new perspective on several things and also inspired me to be a better person overall.

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Great read!

The narrator was clear and concise. I have a new found respect for Rickey smiley.

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book! I feel like a know Rickey now. He is such a giving person and gave so many great tips and concepts on being a great person.

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he's a generous and humble person

I enjoy reading how he gives from the kindness of his heart and is grateful for where he's come from and where he is.

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Be a blessing

This book was so good. Rickey reminded me to be the best parent I can possibly be and to pick someone else up along the way. He is such a blessing. Great story on parenting, love, relationships and God!

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Transparent and Well Written

I love Rickey Smiley’s story. He left no stone unturned and was very candid in the delivery of HIS life’s work.
I appreciate the way he relayed each life lesson with a touch of love and humor. Rickey has an awesome and amazing testimony. I know that he will continue to be successful because he strives to bring others along with him as he goes through this thing we all call life.

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Very Good Read

I recommend this book to parents and young adults. I found this book to be an inspiration and uplifting.

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<br /><br />Check Em Owt

this was a real good book and i havrnt read in years rickey had a real life story to tell gotya check it out alot of wisdom lessons and good laughs.

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Best book ever!

This book was full of wisdom, knowledge, gratitude, servitude and the perfect dose of comedy