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About the Author

Since her debut on Atlantic Records in 1991, Ashley Cleveland has released eight critically acclaimed albums, which have earned her two Dove Awards and three Grammy Awards. She was the first woman to be nominated for a Grammy for the Best Rock Gospel Album and the only woman to ever win the award three times. Ashley is also a writer and essayist who has contributed to books including The Dance of Heaven and The Art of Being. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Kenny Greenberg, and has three children, Rebecca, Henry, and Lily.

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  • File Size: 1504 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; Reprint edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CHE7TOM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Henk-Jan van der Klis on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"This is the story of the groundwork that paved the way to my faith. It is not an easy story to tell...." Little Black Sheep - a memoir from Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through. Since I treasured Ashley Cleveland's music ever since her debut album Big Town (1991), I was curious to read her own memoir. Ashley was encouraged to write a book because she's a story to tell. I totally agree. Outcast for both CCM industry in the 90′s (lyrics broke the unspoken but distinct rules on lyrics) as well as Atlantic Records because of a couple of songs hinting on Christian themes. Eventually she got a couple of Grammy Awards. The raw music had an even more raw personal side. Raised in a family, where dad flirts with homosexuality and alcohol, Ashley felt out of place. Too big hands, unattractive to boys, gaining weights where she shouldn't and lots and lots of alcohol and stimulants of every kind. Losing her virginity and getting pregnant before she even considers the consequences.
The AA didn't help at first, her mother's pushing to attend church and find God didn't help. Friends weren't around. Developing her musical talents, from covering other artists to writing her own songs in the early 90′s leading to Big Town, there was always the relapse, and new challenges. Kenny Greenberg, the guitar player she had admired for years, eventually became her husband. A Jewish background and a similar past of alcohol addiction, raising children, writing and touring, and the ever swinging pendulum of overcoming and giving in to addictions. To become "joyful and triumphant" took many years. Little by little, Ashley discovered that God wanted to use her brokenness.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The IEMommy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I knew with a title like Little Black Sheep that this was a memoir I would be able to relate to. How many of us at one time or another in our lives felt like the black sheep?

While I never struggled with addiction like Ashley Cleveland, I could relate to wonderfully expressed feelings of loneliness and feeling like an outcast. Moving and changing schools is hard and she did it several times throughout her adolescence creating a feeling of listlessness and un-belonging.

It was no surprise when I read that she turned to addictions of alcohol, food and drugs to numb the pain and help her cope. Her journey has been a rocky one and it was a sad story to read but not one without great merit. Without all the heartache in her life she would not have been able to feel and accept true love and grace when she found it, nor appreciate it the way she does.

This memoir was an inspiration to read. While Cleveland's struggles haunted her most of her life, she found forgiveness and acceptance in her heavenly father after trying to fill her empty ness with all things fleeting.

Little Black Sheep is open and raw and a testament to the character of Ashley Cleveland who is not ashamed to say who she was at is has helped her become who she is today.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Flora on October 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ashley Cleveland has won multiple awards for her work in the entertainment business as a singer, song-writer and recording artist.

At the beginning of Little Black Sheep, Ashley mentions that writing this book about her life so far was not easy. And no wonder. Who likes to tell the whole world that at one time, you were so addicted to drugs and alcohol that you didn't even stop when you were heavy with your first child. Also, that you may even have crashed into a car at the traffic lights because you were driving under the influence and to this day, don't even know the extent of the damage you caused.
In the midst of all these and more, the Shepherd was calling to his little black sheep. Ashley recounts how, stage by stage, she began from emerge from the heavy fog of addiction.

Verdict: Ashley Cleveland can write as well as she can sing.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. S. on October 10, 2013
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Excellent book. Must read for anyone who's ever struggled to find and hold on to sanity.
If the Christian context bothers you, skip over it, and read the book.
The pathway to sanity applies to everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann Miller on January 20, 2014
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Ashley Cleveland has plenty to say and chooses her words carefully to make her story come alive. Any one of her several themes would have provided enough for a book - but she interweaves them with a single cord - the Pursuing Love of Jesus Christ. It's a Christian story - it's a coming of age story - it's a music industry primer - and a real story of addiction and recovery. I was humming "There is Power in the Blood" (on Cleveland's Men and Angel's Say) as I finished, feeling that I'd just spent time with a very special and very real friend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zentrainer on October 23, 2013
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Knowing her music well I was all ready to say "Oh what lovely book": Instead my reaction was "Damn! This girl can write!"

And something tells me this book is part 1 of a series, it just feels that way to me, there is more story there.

It is a bit "jesus'y" for me but as an atheist I expected that. It works for her and that's what matters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Howard on October 23, 2013
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I have been an Ashley Cleveland fan for several years and I have heard her speak and sing at Laity Lodge. I had high hopes for her book because she has quite a story to tell. Little Black Sheep exceeded my expectations.

Ashley's story is one of "selective surrender" to God and of a continuing struggle with addiction and other demons.

I highly recommend this book.
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