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Listening with My Heart Paperback – June 15, 1998
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"Heather is a living example of faith, hope, and perseverance. It is my pleasure to call her my friend."
--Kathie Lee Gifford
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estone. Her name has become synonymous with incredible determination and unprecedented achievement. In Listening with My Heart, Heather tells her own story and the stories of others who have inspired her, proving that with hard work, perseverance, and faith, each of us can move mountains. Profoundly deaf since she was eighteen months old, Heather strove to live a normal life, and refused to listen to the voices of discouragement that many of us so often hear, no matter what problems confront us. She wouldn't listen to the doctor who said she wouldn't develop beyond third-grade abilities, or to those who said she would never dance ballet, or even speak. She did, however, hear the encouraging spirit of her family and followed the guidance of her own heart's dreams. Struggling through her difficulties, she was sustained by every success--no matter how small--and ultimately became Miss America 1995. Though she is disabled, her incredible gifts have inspired many throughout the world, and in &
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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.
It's not just the preachiness, though; I guess the devil is in the details--so many organizations that had to be mentioned--I would read whole paragraphs that I have to admit just weren't very interesting to me. So maybe this is my problem. But I really enjoyed hearing about Heather's early life--about the fact that she had some of the problems that many people have--her parents' divorce, siblings that grew apart from her, and learning problems as the result of her handicap. And I think this is the first time that I have read in detail about the pressures of life as Miss America and it was eye-opening to me. I am so happy that she was able to give hope to many deaf people, especially children, and parents of deaf children.
She's an admirable woman and it's a good book.
Heather is an honest, open and Christian person. Her humility to share her fears, exasperations, even private darker moments is refreshing!
And then there is her deafness. She is honest and open here as well, lamenting at times the deaf culture, but also showing sensitivity to their plight.
I'm a page-bender, underliner, note-taker kind of reader who continually marks passages in the great reads that I have, and this book has so many of them. I wanted to communicate them in this review, but will choose to just give some salient phrases from them so that you'll read this marvelous book: "going to bed means getting some sleep"; returned autographs which included Scripture quotes; Miss America wearing a clown on her head; dreaming and God's Word.
Haven't read such a refreshing work in quite some time; treasure as a precious Christmas gift that it was.