My Story, My Song Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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"Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts and her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, encapsulate resilience, faith and generations of joy in this slim and inspirational volume. Eighty-seven-year-old Lucimarian reflects concisely on a life buoyed by her deep love of music, as well as her commitment to her faith and civic service." -- Publishers Weekly "Starred Review Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
"This book is a beam of light, just like the author herself. So much hope and healing and a song to lift up every heart. I promise you, if there is ever an eclipse of the sun, no one will notice it if Lucimarian is around. She brings all things bright and beautiful into the room."
Diane Sawyer, Emmy Award-winning journalist
"Being the daughter of a phenomenal mother, I know Robin Roberts became who she is because she is the daughter of Lucimarian Roberts. This book must be read by every woman who wants to raise a daring daughter who dares to face life fully with enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit."
Dr. Maya Angelou, poet and best-selling author
"I have always believed in the power of music, and when you put that together with a good story, I am hooked! Thank you to Lucimarian Roberts for sharing her life's journey with us. And, oh, what a story--growing up with an alcoholic father, dealing with racial prejudice, raising four children, and married for 57 years to a Tuskegee Airman! This story is an inspiring and poignant example of what really matters in life."
Gayle King, editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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She also has a love of family and friends. She is and was a great mother and a great wife. She was a military wife. Not such an easy life to adapt to for most women. However, as the family moved around Mrs. Roberts chose to see the good in picking up and putting down her life in new places. She and her husband made sure their children were introduced to different cultures while on new military bases. So there travels are wide. They have traveled to Japan, Hong Kong and Turkey. Since I have always wanted to travel, I really had pleasure in reading this part of the book. She also made sure her children knew about their African-American roots."We made friends with the Turnkish people in our neighborhood, shopped in the local markets, ate Turkish food...."
Also, I read closely her thoughts about the different trials that came in her life. She had to be made strong by God to not give up, to persist in seeing the joys in life. During her marriage, Larry, her husband, drank heavily. Many times she had to find a creative way to make do for the sake of herself and her children. Later she would lose Larry to a sudden heart attack. Next a son-in-law would die of colon cancer. Then, her youngest daughter, Robin, whom we know so well from Good Morning America would go through Breast cancer. Somewhere in all of this Hurricane Katrina came along and destroyed many loved items in their home. Lucimarian Roberts never gave up. She kept moving forward always playing her hymns on the piano and putting those hymns in to practice in her life. "I reflect back on my long life and realize that I still sing because I have a song in my heart and a story to tell about the people...."
Lucimarian Roberts life has been blessed. She has done so much for other people. I think this lady doesn't know the meaning of the word no. She's sacrificed her time for other people many times. This is a memoir to remember. There is extra sugar and spice in the novel. Robin Roberts' reflections are among the pages, here and there. [...]
Mrs. Roberts is the mother of Robin Roberts, a current coanchor of Good Morning America. Robin Roberts makes a few comments in the book but it is mostly the thoughts of Mrs. Roberts as she reflects on different times in her life. The influence of music played an important role in her life. All kinds of gospel music but mostly hymns have helped her through many lonely and difficult times. Reading her stories of playing the piano and how it encouraged her is a real encouragement to the reader as well.
It was fascinating to read about the times in which she dealt with the issue of segregation. Her perspective was thought provoking and a must read for anyone wanting a first hand view of what those times were like. This book is a very easy to read story. I felt like I was sitting on the couch next to a sweet woman who was telling me her story and offering excellent advice on how to learn on the Lord during hard times.
I enjoyed the book so much I did not put it down until I had finished it! Just reading this book has been an encouragement to me and I hope to someday meet this strong woman and tell her what a positive influence her life has been on all of us!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based solely on my opinion of what I read.
I will be telling all my friends and family about the wonderful book.
I give it a 5 star rating as I was able to relax and feel at peace while reading this book :)
The whole story is inspiring and interesting. At the end of the book, in chapter 8, she talks of how having a sense of humor offsets the challenges of growing old. She says,"In fact, I often think that humor may be God's best gift to those of us in late life, a salve for challenging moments." Now that's the truth. I live in a Senior Living Community and many of us talk and laugh a lot and kid around. We all think like that.
One paragraph I feel compelled to share with everyone is on page 131, it is great.
" When my mother passed away, my sister and I went to the funeral home only to discover our mother had bright red nails and lipstick. Depholia and I looked at each other and burst out laughing, thinking back to what mother had said. Sally Tolliver had never worn nail polish or lipstick, so we were certian that no one would look at her and say that she looked natural! Sometimes you just have to laugh." I sure did.
Read this book, you will like it.
I loved the book, my mom loved the book. She is a very remarkable lady, we loved reading about her song.
We were Blessed by this book.