Willie Moore Jr.’s influential voice as an R&B artist, nationally syndicated radio personality and star on BET’s Sunday gospel hour “Joyful Noise” took new form this month with the release of his first book, Happily After All.
The subtitle of Happily After All explains its primary purpose: how to keep your relationship going when you are tired of trying.
“I noticed that, even in the body of Christ, marriage is tough,” Moore told Rapzilla.com. “I wanted to write a book for young couples and even seasoned couples — people who are just tired of trying in their relationship. Sometimes people don’t hear what you want them to hear. It’s just such a big compromise. So many people are giving up, man.
“And so I said, ‘You know what, why don’t we put our relationship on blast and show the world what we had to endure to get to this point, and even share the things that we’re enduring right now?’ But the difference between us and most relationships is we just decided not to quit, and now we’re living on the other side of victory.”
Moore gets extremely vulnerable in Happily After All, sharing how his marriage overcame issues of pornography and infidelity.
“It’s not this surface book saying, ‘Everything is okay,’” Moore said. “We’re saying everything can be okay if you do it through Christ.”
While Happily After All is written about relationships, its purpose is multifaceted.
Moore is adopted. He personally experienced the positive impact of that, which has birthed in him a massive burden to care for the orphan.
“The Lord put on my heart to say, ‘You know what, let’s be transparent about this relationship,’ because we believe if we can build families, we can build stronger churches,” Moore said. “If we build stronger churches, we can build stronger communities. In those communities, you see so many kids without homes. We’re doing some reverse engineering with this book and with this movement, so families can get stronger in hopes that they would be open for the option of adoption.”
Moore plans to release a Happily After All soundtrack soon.