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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 book!

This book made it very clear to me what Ricky values! I appreciate him more!!

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Enlightening

I learned about Rickey life while learning some good lessons. Will be recommending this book.

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Inspiration at its finest

Great gift of inspiration and truly a blessing to be able understand some of his life lessons.

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Good job<br />

I really enjoyed the book. It is a good read.I was inspired by this book to not be afraid to love people, but to have faith because God's got me. Just do what's right.

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Awesome old folk knowledge, I love it!

This is an awesome book. I must say, it started off slow, but finished with much needed advice.

It's like that old folk sense book, that needs to be shared these days.

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Wonderfully written and expressed.

I walked away with a ton of wisdom keys❤ Definitely gained a new perspective on love, family, friendships, raising kids and loyalty.

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Living the simple life

This book was genuine and funny , I love the support Rickey has always given back to his community this has inspired to find my purpose and give back.

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I love Riccy Smiley but...

I can't get past the first chapter. I wish he had a professional read for him cause it sounds like he's reading, like he doesn't know what he wrote.