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My Story, My Song - Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith Hardcover – March 15, 2012
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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
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.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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....Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a wonderful audio-book by Ms. Lucimarian, which happens to be the mother of Robin Roberts. I loved how her faith carried her through her life, and I also enjoyed the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Shannan Harper
Well written and you can feel their love for each other and people.Published 20 days ago by quilts&books
i really loved both the book by Robin Roberts & this book. i like the scripture & the reflections by Robin I loved the best.Published 10 months ago by amy eddy
FABULOUS!! I purchased this in CD form & Robin Roberts was the narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Robin tell the story and hearing her mother sing.Published 11 months ago by Margaret Lowry
Roberts is an icon. I was happy to read that her mother knew her partner. Just wish there was a place in our world that people aren't judged on what they do or don't do in the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by V. R. Feldman