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The AA didn't help at first, her mother's pushing to attend church and find God didn't help. Friends weren't around. Developing her musical talents, from covering other artists to writing her own songs in the early 90′s leading to Big Town, there was always the relapse, and new challenges. Kenny Greenberg, the guitar player she had admired for years, eventually became her husband. A Jewish background and a similar past of alcohol addiction, raising children, writing and touring, and the ever swinging pendulum of overcoming and giving in to addictions. To become "joyful and triumphant" took many years. Little by little, Ashley discovered that God wanted to use her brokenness.Read more ›
While I never struggled with addiction like Ashley Cleveland, I could relate to wonderfully expressed feelings of loneliness and feeling like an outcast. Moving and changing schools is hard and she did it several times throughout her adolescence creating a feeling of listlessness and un-belonging.
It was no surprise when I read that she turned to addictions of alcohol, food and drugs to numb the pain and help her cope. Her journey has been a rocky one and it was a sad story to read but not one without great merit. Without all the heartache in her life she would not have been able to feel and accept true love and grace when she found it, nor appreciate it the way she does.
This memoir was an inspiration to read. While Cleveland's struggles haunted her most of her life, she found forgiveness and acceptance in her heavenly father after trying to fill her empty ness with all things fleeting.
Little Black Sheep is open and raw and a testament to the character of Ashley Cleveland who is not ashamed to say who she was at is has helped her become who she is today.
At the beginning of Little Black Sheep, Ashley mentions that writing this book about her life so far was not easy. And no wonder. Who likes to tell the whole world that at one time, you were so addicted to drugs and alcohol that you didn't even stop when you were heavy with your first child. Also, that you may even have crashed into a car at the traffic lights because you were driving under the influence and to this day, don't even know the extent of the damage you caused.
In the midst of all these and more, the Shepherd was calling to his little black sheep. Ashley recounts how, stage by stage, she began from emerge from the heavy fog of addiction.
Verdict: Ashley Cleveland can write as well as she can sing.
If the Christian context bothers you, skip over it, and read the book.
The pathway to sanity applies to everyone.
And something tells me this book is part 1 of a series, it just feels that way to me, there is more story there.
It is a bit "jesus'y" for me but as an atheist I expected that. It works for her and that's what matters.
Ashley's story is one of "selective surrender" to God and of a continuing struggle with addiction and other demons.
I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must read book for anyone dealing with addiction, feelings of inferiority, or self hatred. TY Ashley for your story.Published 23 days ago by luvmyShepherd
A story of brokeness and restoration for modern times. So many families go through simular experiences and its amazing to me always how God sees His children through it.Published 1 month ago by Nancy
Well written and honest. I enjoyed reading it but felt that the struggles were glossed over a bit likely for privacy reasons which is understandablePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I hadn't heard of Ashley Cleveland before, but my parents were musicians, and I'm thinking if they were alive today they would know who she is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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