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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: WordText Publisher (January 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988655209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988655201
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,459,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Brody on March 18, 2013
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This autobiographical book recounts an improbable journey. A black woman reared in the segregated South becomes a composer of oratorios performed in Carnegie Hall and in Prague. This is not a book that denies the ugliness of segregation nor the prejudice of an entrenched white establishment prepared to reject the musical gifts of a black woman without formal musical training. It is a story of faith, family and persistence that permits Earnestine Robinson to triumph over adversity. Her experiences are recounted in clear, convincing detail. The reader becomes a vicarious participant in events as varied as a teenager's first trip out of the South to attend a camp in which she will have white roomates to her first encounter with a Director of a major orchestra who responds positively to her music. We come to admire her faith-driven belief in the importance of her gift and the support of her sons, daughters, and husband who are willing to sacrifice to help her attain her goals. It is an inspiring book.
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The most moving event in the story, for me, happens when Earnestine Robinson, her husband and small children must move into the Lorraine Motel because the landlord, refuses to sell them a house. The year is 1968. It is spring, and Dr. King has just been assassinated. Mrs. Robinson tells this story with vivid and moving expressions that allow you to be there with her and her family at this historical moment. It is most moving to walk the journey with Mrs. Robinson as she turns all of her misfortunes into serendipitous opportunities. From the flood of 1937 to the premature death of her loving father, nothing happens by chance. Her steps. Our steps. They have all been ordered by the Lord.
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This is a wonderful testimony of faith and never giving up hope despite the odds. I highly recommend the book.
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Earnestine Robinson achieved heights in her musical career unheard of as a black woman with no formal musical training. Her story is a miracle of biblical proportions, and she gives God the glory for her success. That God would showcase His power in creating not just any kind of music through this unlikely composer, but using an oratorio to confound the wisest purveyors of classical music, makes this book so surprising, it is hard to put down! This story goes beyond an individual's success to show the involvement of Earnestine's whole family every step of the way in achieving her God-given goals. Extremely inspiring!
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