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Jamai Wray
Love Yourself: It all begins with you
Jamai Wray, author

Young Adult; Self-Help, Sex & Relationships, Psychology, Philosophy, Fashion; (Market)

Most of us play second fiddle to ourselves. Loving others more than we do ourselves. In this book, I detail what I did, the universal laws I followed, and what decision changed the course of my life forever. This is a personal guide on how to put purpose before relationships and took off both personally and professionally.

Wray advises readers to live with purpose while manifesting their dreams in this debut that blends the pragmatic with the spiritual, urging them to focus on self-love before seeking intimacy with others. Drawing from several universal laws that he describes as “the formula of life,” Wray offers readers his own answers to age-old questions, including how to manifest true love and why we struggle to achieve our loftiest goals, and he delivers those answers in a candid way, building on his own experiences as a learning tool for others. His guidance begins with evaluating relationships but eventually extends to professional acumen and beyond.

Readers who enjoy thought-provoking prompts and creative exploration will appreciate this guide—Wray includes several opportunities for journaling and encourages followers to write down their thoughts to crystallize goals, with exercises that will spark deep self-reflection. He wisely points out how early life experiences can impact adult relationships and urges readers to detach from their pasts, writing that “the energy of holding on to the past just recreates it.” When delving into tips for readers pursuing professional success, Wray emphasizes the power behind seeking out mentors and developing an impressive “elevator pitch” to stir interest in your brand—and he insists readers should never give up on their dreams, even if they lack personal support.

Although Love Yourself brims with practical pep-talks and calls to put yourself first, the guide’s scope can be overwhelming at times, particularly when it veers into religious territory to cover numerology and what Wray describes as “spiritual awakenings,” or moments when “the universe is arranging people, circumstances, and events to bring you closer to the reality you want for yourself.” Still, his commitment to self-work is evident throughout the text, as he shares his own application of those universal truths, such as putting aside fear to accomplish bold dreams and learning how to forgive others. The takeaway—to dive headfirst into self-acceptance—will resonate with readers.

Takeaway: A lively how-to on mastering self-love, manifesting goals, and nurturing spiritual awakenings.

Great for fans of: Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning, Caroline Webb’s How to Have a Good Day.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: B