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Opening of the heart
on May 5, 2011
Ashley Judd's book exemplifies a courageous and soulful individual who openly shared her experiences, insights, and emotions.
The book is an account of the author's outpouring of her own life challenges growing up, as a young woman, and experiences during her philanthropic work around the world. The author's own life demons and dsyfunctional family, along with her own recovery, seems to have provided her with the lens to 'see' , understand and empathize with others. The book was no doubt cathartic for the author and demonstrates her commitment to awareness, acceptance, and action.
One key message in the book is that 'keeping secrets is toxic'. It is also a story of hope and commitment to helping others, demonstrating the spiritual principles that guide her life and own recovery. While the book reveals the many horrific situations that exist around the world, particularly for women and child, Ashley's spirtual disposition offers us something positive - a chance to reflect on the lives of others. By example, the book reveals we can take steps to heal ourself and/or make a difference in the lives of others. Would the memoir be popular if Ashley was not a celeb? Who really knows. Notably, Ashley's integrity and compassionate intention in sharing these true stories, revealing both facts and the realities of her experience, is evident. Her celeb status has no doubt facilitated her sincere commitment to the philanthropic endeavors she has undertaken.
The book is extremely well-written and structured, providing the reader with clear timelines and explicit accounts of events in the author's life and work around the world. If nothing else, after or during the reading of this book, one may not resist the need to take stock of their own lives.
Thank you Ashely.