Less than a year after leaving TCU, most grads have dispersed and started their  jobs. Rooted firmly in his faith, one graduate took another road that led to success.

Marquis Harris, a 2015 graduate, knew that he wanted to share his story of self-discovery to help others.

Within the walls of Crossroads Christian Church, Harris works as the Executive Pastor, part of which includes mentoring youth. He has been working at the church since he graduated, but the project he just finished was the brainchild of reflection, wondering how he could reach the most people and make a difference.

In a small McDonalds in Spain where Harris was spending his semester abroad, he decided he wanted to do something that would allow him to spread his message and be vulnerable in his own way—he decided to write a book.

Harris said his book is meant to help others struggling in their own lives.

“I had this breakthrough moment that shed light on past hurt, disappointment, failures, upset, heartbreak–all those things compiled into one story,” said Harris.

Harris said he hopes his message can help others to “truly embrace what’s on the inside of them and help them break into their purpose.”

Harris’ own heartbreak is part of what has fueled him to inspire others, and in order for people to listen to his message, he felt it was important for them to understand him as a person. Because of this, his book outlines some of the things Harris went through that made him who he is: Family strife, not making TCU’s Track and Field team, and redefining himself in college.

“The goal behind the book is to set somebody free, empower them to do more and be more,” Harris said. “The only way they can relate to you is if they feel like they were you.”

Harris said his time at TCU was pivotal for him, so it was fitting that his book signing took place at TCU’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

“For me it’s everything, to be an alum, to be at home base, it’s always good to start here– it’s the beginning of many.”


Celine Wise, a friend of Harris’ since high school, said a published book is just the beginning for Harris. “It’s a big deal and he has a million more ideas, this isn’t his last thing and I know this is going go well for him and he’s going to touch so many lives because he’s so focused and he has the heart to help.”

Harris said his book is for people of all ages, filled with advice to help them learn and grow into the people they were meant to be. If that feels uncomfortable for some—Harris says that is not only good, it’s necessary.

“Get comfortable being uncomfortable– a lot. That’s the only way you’re going to discover who you really are.” Harris said. “You hold the key to determining what you’re going to get to.”

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Emily Laff is a senior journalism major (and die-hard Broncos fan) from Denver, Colorado. When she is not out reporting she is most likely at a Krispy Kreme drive-through or in an aisle at Barnes & Noble.