Former high school athlete, youth services worker, volunteer coach, and Los Angeles Unified School District employee writes provocative and riveting book to challenge and inspire student-athletes, at-risk youth, and troubled families.
This 'keep-it-real' revelation traces the author's progress from spoiled man-child to local hood-fella to spiritual victory over deathly negative manifestations, while growing up in the inner-city of Los Angeles, California.
The outcome is an insightful and inspirational memoir about his triumphs over several life changing episodes. The author filters his own experiences into refined and contemplative sentences that inspires his audience to discard contemptuousness, embrace humility, and carve a path to the internal self.
In 1983 his parents announced their divorce, and that's when the future author transformed from baby-boy to hood-fella, literally overnight...in order to survive the (L.A.) street game! Fortunately, he pushed the line to greater heights due to his all-star talent(s), participation, and love for sports.
Recalling his painful struggles as an at-risk youth, T.F. Hodge embarked on a journey that lead him to a successful career working at group homes, with youth services programs, volunteering as an athletics coach/trainer, an after school tutor, and a volunteer speech judge for the LAUSD Academic Decathlon's mock competition - all while working full-time as the senior assistant to the office(s) of the Budget Director, Deputy Chief, and Chief Financial Officer (between 2003 and 2006) for the second largest school district in the United States!
His riveting book, From Within I Rise is T.F. Hodge's attempt to educate and challenge students and their families to be ever mindful of how they choose to navigate life's recurring ups and downs. This is a must read for those who find themselves mentally and spiritually twisted in the perceptive game, as a result of one's misguided thoughts, fears, and actions!
From Within I Rise by T.F. Hodge is currently available online.