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Listening with My Heart Paperback – June 15, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
Despite the joys and benefits of being America's sweetheart, and despite the impact Whitestone left following her year-long reign, there was an equal amount of heartache and frustration, and while reading Listening I found that just because one cannot hear the activity around her, it doesn't make the pain less hurtful. In Listening, Whitestone details her duties and the ensuing exhaustion, all the while keeping a cheerful front so as not to disappoint anyone in her path.
Her positive disposition, as felt throughout Listening, is credited to Whitestone's solid faith in God. Whitestone's love of God carries her throughout her career and is strongly felt in this memoir; she peppers each chapter with encouraging quotes from many known people and from the Bible. For all the uphill struggles she tackled (including living her Christian beliefs in a society that does not necessarily embrace the same values), Whitestone's enthusiasm is contagious, and her life-in-progress an inspiration.
I really enjoyed her book. I like how she was so open about her struggles with a deaf person. She didn't feel like she fit into the deaf world or the hearing world. Yet, she continues to persevere, and with God's help, she overcomes her obstacles to become Miss America. And she is open with her struggles as Miss America, too. She talks about the need for privacy and her struggles with criticism from the press.
A great, inspirational book.
Despite the fact that I am a Christian, there was maybe just a wee too much preachiness for me, and for non-believers or non-Christians, it could be just a little much. Don't get me wrong--she seems like a lovely person. She's very sincere. I liked the fact that she admitted that she was so tired from her schedule as Miss America that she didn't find time for prayer or the Bible. I love honesty. I hate it when people pretend to be perfect. I was interested to hear about the conflicts between her and the deaf community. I never knew that speaking, and not signing, would be a problem.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I read the 1st book that Heathers mom wrote right after Miss America pageant. Read more
I loved this story! It was very inspiring. I like stories about overcoming the odds & anything about deaf culture is fascinating to mePublished 23 months ago by Samantha Hite
I'm taking an ASL class and was researching rhythm & deafness. I remembered Heather winning Miss America with her beautiful Ballet performance and decided to order her book. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by T. Caplin
really good book. only thing not perfect is the quality of the pictures in the softcover version. Otherwise great.Published on March 12, 2006 by ashley
Struggling to come up with title for this review shouldn't have happened, for "refreshing" describes this enjoyable read. Read morePublished on January 10, 2006 by rodboomboom