RUN DMC.’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years. Written with Amy Ferris.
This is a book about love.
The kind of love that will keep you warm at night—that will keep you feeling safe and sound.
The kind of love that will get you through some dark times; get you through some hard and yes, some tough times.
The kind of love that will make you laugh, that will make you smile, that will make you nod knowingly.
The kind of love that is nurtured and watered and grows—from a seedling to a flower.
The kind of love that is desperately needed in the world right now, shared and sprinkled everywhere.
Old School Love is a book to help you find the kind of soul-filling love you desire, written by a couple who has built a strong and joyful relationship amid the pressures, pitfalls, and temptations of the entertainment industry. Rev Run and his wife, Justine, have been blessed with a devoted partnership that has inspired others. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness.
Each chapter of Old School Love offers stories, anecdotes, and memories of Rev and Justine’s marriage, their family, their experiences, their passion, and their deep faith and belief in God. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, and some will make you cry. Yet all will make you wiser—more beautiful for the wear—and encourage you to be a kinder, more generous, and better human. Their reflections are bookended by a verse or line from scripture, a saying, or a favorite quote and a sampling of personal wisdom.
Over two decades strong, Rev and Justine’s partnership is an inspiration. With Old School Love they are spreading their message of positivity, and creating a legacy for all of us to embrace and share. Powerful and life-changing, this little gem of a book is about magic, and miracles, and yes, the irrefutable power of love.
Old School Love includes 8 pages of photos from Rev and Justine's personal collection.
Joseph Simmons (aka Rev Run from Run-DMC) and his wife, Justine, who have been married for 25 years, offer advice for a lasting union in this sincere and heartfelt collaboration. The couple known for their reality show, Run's House trade chapters on what makes their "Old School" style of marriage successful. Joseph, who was previously married and a father of three, began dating Justine when he was in his 20s; they remained celibate for two years until they married in 1994 and had three children together, one of whom they adopted. Their relationship, they explain, is based upon love for each other and love of God; many chapters begin with biblical quotes (Rev Run is an ordained Pentecostal minister), and the authors acknowledge that not every reader will be a "believer." The couple share amusing anecdotes (Rev tells of forcing himself to go to Hooters to satisfy his pregnant wife's chicken wing craving), but their declarations of mutual admiration can be overly sentimental (Justine includes a treacly love poem to Rev). The traditional values the authors espouse will appeal to young couples working to remain true to their wedding vows.