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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Upper Room (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835811077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835811071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. In these pages, the wonderful Robin Roberts and her mother have a conversation that will make every mother and daughter smile. And 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 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 fifty-seven years to a Tuskegee Airman! This story is an inspiring and poignant example of what really matters in life. --Gayle King, editor-at-large, The Oprah Magazine
<br --Diane Sawyer, Maya Angelou, Gayle King

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 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 fifty-seven years to a Tuskegee Airman! This story is an inspiring and poignant example of what really matters in life. ----Gayle King, editor-at-large, The Oprah Magazine

About the Author

The late Mrs. Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where she earned a scholarship from the publishers of the Akron Beacon Journal and became the first person in her family to attend college. She graduated from Howard University in 1946 and married Lawrence Roberts, a U.S. Air Force officer with whom she raised four children. In addition to other accomplishments, Mrs. Roberts was the 2011 recipient of the Medgar W. Evers Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gulfport, MS branch of the NAACP.

Robin Roberts, who has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years, is coanchor of Good Morning America (GMA). Under her leadership, the broadcast won three consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Morning Program. Roberts graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and was a standout basketball player. Her first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, released in 2007. An updated version with an added chapter on her battle with breast cancer was released in 2008.

Missy Buchanan became passionate about the needs and feelings of older adults while serving as a daily caregiver for her parents. She is a nationally recognized expert on aging and is the author of multiple books, including Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body. Buchanan has appeared on Good Morning America, as well as numerous Christian television and radio shows. She hosts Aging and Faith with Missy Buchanan on BlogTalk Radio and writes regularly for the Dallas Morning News and numerous religious publications.


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The late Mrs. Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts may be best known as the mother of Good Morning America coanchor Robin Roberts, but during her lifetime, the senior Mrs. Roberts achieved great success in her own right.

Lucimarian Tolliver was born in 1924 in Akron, Ohio. As a teenager she was awarded the John S. Knight Scholarship, given by the publishers of the Akron Beacon Journal. The first person in her family to go to college, Tolliver graduated in 1946 from Howard University, where she met her future husband, Lawrence Roberts. The couple had four children and moved 27 times as part of Mr. Roberts' career as an Air Force officer.

Mrs. Roberts' achievements include serving as director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch; chair of the Mississippi Department of Education; and as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She also served on the Presbyterian Church (USA) National Committee on the Self-Development of People and was co-chair of the national steering committee for the mission initiative: Joining Hearts and Hands. In 2011 Mrs. Roberts received the Medgar W. Evers Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gulfport branch of the NAACP.

Mrs. Roberts collaborated with daughter Robin Roberts and author Missy Buchanan to pen My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith (Upper Room Books, April 2012). The book brings together pivotal moments of Lucimarian Roberts' intriguing life with personal reflections from Robin Roberts.

Customer Reviews

This book is a very easy to read story.
Irene's Christian Reviews
I purchased this book for my 99 yr. old Mom for Mother's Day and she read it quickly and called to tell me how very much she enjoyed it!
Tanglewood
My Story, My Song is a heart loving story of Lucimarian Roberts and the way she was brought up.
J Murphy

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Grapes on April 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It has been the sweetest and most meaningful journey I've taken in a long while. Robin Roberts' mother Lucimarian Roberts is a modern day heroine. It will be impossible not to remember parts of her life story. Mrs. Roberts grew up in Akron, Ohio. Once married she moved to Pass Christian, Mississippi. This is where she and her husband Larry Roberts raised their family. Throughout her life Mrs. Roberts always lived a life filled with faith. Whenever there were hard times or good times in her life she meditated upon a scripture or played much loved hymns on her piano. "Music got me through the loneliest time of my life when I was a young wife and mother." Throughout the book there are words to hymns. There are also scripture verses. There are parts of her memoir I especially loved and pondered while reading. There are also places in the book where I laughed especially when Mrs. Roberts pulled down the car window and said a word or two to a mean driver. She does have a sense of humor.

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....
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Christian Reviews on April 2, 2012
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What a lovely book! My Story My Song is Lucimarian Roberts thoughts on her life so far. The book tells of her life growing up and how singing and music played an important role. Her marriage to Lawrence Roberts, a United States Air Force officer and their life together are also highlighted.

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anna Bernyc on April 7, 2012
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My Story My Song is such a wonderful read. It's relaxing yet making you feel like you know the people in it. I loved the story it was so peaceful yet stated how life really is.

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 :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PurpleOrchids on June 1, 2012
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Purchased book for Mother's Day. When it arrived, I sat down to check it out before I gave it to my mom. Immediately fell in love with her song. Even though our ethnic backgrounds were very different, our religous backgrounds were very similar. I, too, use music as my conversaion with God.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chanceatfun on May 25, 2012
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Very sweet story of Lucimarien and her very positive outlook on life. She lives her life with Gods guidance and raised her children in the same way. Lucimarien is a wonderful example for military spouses to stay positive in any situation. I have always admired Robin through GMA and now I understand better, through her Mothers book, from where her wonderful personality comes. Thank you for sharing your stories.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John B. Quinlan on April 8, 2012
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This is a great book about a great lady. I just finished reading "My Story, My Song" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although our lives were very different there were some things that rang a bell with me. For instance, in chapter two she tells of her mother putting the card in the window telling the iceman how many pounds of ice to bring. I remember my mother putting a card in the window as we had an ice box also. That's something younger people would not know about.

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.
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