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Open My Eyes, Open My Soul : Celebrating Our Common Humanity Paperback – December 10, 2003

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From the Back Cover

"This book will encourage R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for one another."--Aretha Franklin

"Open My Eyes, Open My Soul is a collection of stories and poetry that has all the nuances of a family reunion. Its contributors are as diverse in their perspectives as the color of our skin. Still, there is an undeniable family resemblance! Reading it will remind you of the poetry in our diversity!" --Bishop T.D. Jakes Sr.

"During a time of spiritual, emotional, and world upheaval, Open My Eyes, Open My Soul comes as a calming balm in the midst of the storms. It speaks to the spirit, it touches the deeper fibers of our soul, and its words will transform your heart." --Les Brown

"With Open My Eyes, Open My Soul, the reader takes a ride through a veritable garden of enlightened insights. The book provides a reason to hope, at a time when we need hope so badly." --Marianne Williamson

"These stories and poems illuminate the lives of people struggling to make meaningful connections by reaching out with courage and love across the chasms of race, religion, culture, boundaries, and other man-made barriers. . . . Learn the empowering lessons of unconditional love, hope, and healing herein, and know that you too have a vital contribution to make to the creation of the Beloved Community." --Coretta Scott King, from the Foreword

About the Author

Yolanda King, the first child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has performed or lectured throughout the United States and around the world.

Elodia Tate is a writer who has worked extensively with the natural health community, using the power of storytelling to encourage others to embrace a natural health approach.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071438866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071438865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this incredible anthology in a day, and was moved beyond words -- especially for some of the book's masterful poetry. Two days later (on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day), I saw his daughter, Yolanda, appear on CBS' The Early Show. She was quite eloquent and gracious, and read her favorite poem from the book: "A Walk In The Clouds" by Steven Manchester. It was my favorite, too! If you haven't heard it, you definitely need to go out and buy the book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Gerber on December 27, 2003
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Turn to any page and you will be inspired and touched by a wonderful story. This book makes you want to just go out and embrace all of humanity. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will definitely feel the need to appreciate and respect all people for simply who they are. This is one of those "Feel Good" books that you will want to read over and over again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2004
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I met Ms. King at a booksigning in Queens this week to hear her read a selection from her 1st book and was in an awe of her poise and generosity. She was gracious and attentive and answered everyone's questions peacefully, eloquently and intelligently. I bought her book and started to read it almost immediately. It's the kind of book you can pick up and read out of order. Some stories made me smile and others made me want to cry. By the end of the night, I had gotten through half of the book. The selections are short, powerful and moving. We should celebrate our differences and honor each individual. This book makes a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys short, inspirational stories, packed with punch. Dr. King would be very proud of his daughter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2003
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This book puts together a great collection of works that raise differeing issues of humanity, commonality, and the bringing together through, coincidently, commonality of humanity! Great inspiring works, some that create a tear, some that entertain as a success story, while others remind us of the triumphs we can all have and experience through lack of differentiation. These works are not only great stories from famous and public figures, but also from unknown and private people of the world. I greatly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone, I am awaiting the sequil!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2004
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Of all of the compilations and anthologies on the market, this one rates as one of the best. As I read each story, I felt as though I had grasped the threads of humanity and woven them together, into a tight fabric of tolerance, peace, love, and commonality. It's hard to change the world, but I think this book will leave a lasting impression.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renee Kee on January 20, 2004
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This book lifts up, acknowledges, rejoices in, and teaches us about our wonderful differences. We learn through this book that we all receive gifts of lessons and experiences handed down through our cultural ties. It shows us how strong, powerful and united we can be. Share this book with loved ones and those who need to hear the message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Austin on July 13, 2005
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Everyone has a story to share of a defining moment (or many!) when they see past the surface images to the humanity that connects us heart to heart. I think the best "media pairing" of the message would be this book with the movie, "Love Actually". Both clearly and often joyfully illustrate that no matter what your casual or even paranoid observations regarding the world may be, or your current loss of hope or elevated fears for the future, Love IS all around, and it is everywhere, within everyone, ever eager to burst into bloom. I highly recommend this book, a collection of personal "moments of awakening and realization" to anyone who needs an emotional lift and to anyone who loves and wishes to open their hearts even more. Blessings to you both, dear Yolanda King and Elodia Tate!!! Looking forward to more of the same soon!
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