Patti's Pearls: Lessons In Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Oct 1 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Demonstrating once again that her interests go far beyond music, singer Patti LaBelle presents Patti's Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously. Along with Laura Randolph Lancaster, the r&b diva offers a slim volume of inspirational insights, or "pearls," accompanied by personal anecdotes from her life. Some of the sayings are familiar ("Know God, know peace; no God, no peace" and "don't try to change the wind, change the sails"), while others are unique ("Barbie is a doll, not a goal" and "you can't be a doormat if you don't lie down"). (Warner, $19.95 128p ISBN 0-446-52794-7; Oct. 23)
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Inspirational sayings from a singer with two best-selling books behind her.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Each chapter is headed by a title that will grab and take hold of your senses and make you contemplate, such as "Many a false step is made by standing still", "If you can't be the tablecloth, don't be the dishrag", and "The best way to predict your future is to create it". She shares the heartaches of losing her sisters to illness and the fickle world of show business. She shares candidly the heartache of the end of her long-time marriage and the determination to move on, hopeful that the future promises a brighter future.
This is a little book with big ambitions, not unlike many of the feel-good, self-help books that are offered by many entertainers who want to share their triumphs over adversities. This book is forthright but does not have a preachy tone that can be a turn-off as some other similar books do. I keep this book next to my bed to grab and read a chapter at will for a quick uplifting pick-me-up. Tell it Patti!
If the intent is to truly inspire, cajole, and motivate, one easily wonders whether these "pearls" are a direct result from personal tragedy, mayhem, or situations from being there. One thing that I feel listeners will agree with is her candor and down-to-earth voice capturing valuable lessons. If you're looking for something different, perhaps you must take a look at yourself before giving this audio-book a chance, especially if it's perceived that they all are one and the same. I feel that to each his own, and one must give a meaningful listen to get the gist of what this author is trying to say. I recommend it¡¦listen for what it's worth. This would be "the perfect anecdote for the ultimate secret of happiness; to grow wise before you grow old" as Patti opined in one of her pearly delights. Give it a shot!
Another important lesson to be learned is outward appearances can be very deceiving. Many would look at Patti's career and marriage and would have thought she had it all. She didn't. So it shows comparing ourselves to someone else or wanting to be like someone else detracts from our own happiness. I think though the most important lesson to be learned from all she said is twofold. 1. make sure you take time everyday for those whom you love and 2. stop trying to clear up the problems of the world.
I would recommend this book highly to all who like to read and especially those on a path of spiritual development. The ideas espoused on these pages are simple truths yet as Patti says in the beginning sometimes we have to get older to get wiser. I'm sure all who read this will recognized themselves and words of wisdom that have been spoken to them yet they ignore. These words are pearls of wisdom and adopting any idea within will lead to a more fulfilling life. This book made me realized we may think of ourselves as coal but God, our Higher Power, The Sage or however you may see your Supreme Being sees us as polished diamonds. So think more of you and get this book and become more of who you should be.
To Patti and Laura: I say thanks.
Most recent customer reviews
Patti's Pearls was a inspirational read for me. She shared
some lessons of wisdom which was passed on to her. Read more
Here is a novel that anyone can pick up and learn something about Ms. LaBelle and themselves. With this book, Patti has given her story in 145 pages, including the life lessons... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by Blackworm
I found the lessons illustrated in "Patti's Pearls" to be inspirational and right on time!!! The finely-honed sayings that she expounds on ("Rotten Wood Can't Be Carved," "Women... Read morePublished on March 15 2002 by Lorrie Irby
I awoke one Sunday morning intent on reading a few pages of this slender little book and did not put it down until I was done. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2002 by D. P. Boyd
Not only does she have a gift of song but she has a gift of gab. This book is truly uplifting. Unlike many other so-called inspirational books, Patti doesn't point the finger at... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2002
What I enjoyed most about this book is the way Patti described her own personal moments as she gives the pearls of wisdom. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001 by T. Williams
Now, I may be prejudicial, but I am a true Patti fan. And have read and or bought her books and CD's. This book is real good. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by thesavvybamalady
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