First-time author Sedrik Newbern is excited about visiting the Glen Theater to sign copies of his book, “Unconditional Forgiveness: Lessons on Letting Go to Build Better Relationships.”
His book signing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. The Glen is at 20 W. Ridge Road, Gary.
Newbern will not only sell and sign copies of his book, a special guest will also read excerpts — actor and musician Malik Yoba from the Syfy series “Alphas,” the 1990s TV series “New York Undercover,” and the Tyler Perry films “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married, Too?”
“To say I was beyond floored when Malik Yoba agreed to join me in Gary and read from my book is an understatement,” Newbern said with a laugh.
Yoba even released a statement in his support of Newbern.
“My experience has shown me that many people struggle with forgiveness of self and/or others. Any bit of encouragement that I can give to help folks along that particular road to freedom, I am willing to do. As a self-published author, I also know how hard it is to get attention for one’s work so I support Sedrik in his efforts,” Yoba stated.
“Unconditional Forgiveness” is inspired by Newbern forgiving his father, who was not a part of Newbern’s life while he was growing up.
“My father left my mother when I was 9 months old. The next time I saw him, I was 5 years old,” Newbern said.
Newbern would see his father over the years in spurts. Meanwhile, Newbern found himself mirroring his dad’s ways.
He married and divorced early. He is now married to his second wife and they have a 4-year-old son. I won’t go into further details because you should read his 80-page book, which is an attention-getter from page one.
Going back to his collaboration with Yoba, Newbern has Gary native, consultant and publicist Taroue Brooks to thank for the connection and opportunity.
Brooks, a Roosevelt High School alumnus, brought Broadway, TV and film actress Sheryl Lee Ralph to Gary last year for a book signing of her latest memoir. Newbern knew he was not a household name but he felt that after the release of “Unconditional Forgiveness” last June, he needed to get
the word out more.
Newbern is an Allstate insurance man in Libertyville, Ill., but worked with another Gary native awhile back. After telling her about his book she suggested Brooks.
“Taroue was right on it from jump. He truly helped me out,” Newbern said.
Order copies of “Unconditional Forgiveness” on Amazon.com for $9.95 or purchase copies at the book signing for $15 each. For more information, call 887-2046.