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In this emotionally involving, illuminating memoir, the legendary Washington Post journalist and author talks candidly about her life at the white-hot center of power and the surprising spiritual quest that has driven her for more than half a century.
While working as a reporter, caring for a learning-disabled son with her husband, longtime Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, reigning over the capital's social scene, and remaining intimately connected with national politics, Sally Quinn yearned to understand what truly made the world - and her life - tick. After years of searching, most of which occurred in the secular capital of the world, she came to realize that the time she spent with friends and family - the evenings of shared hospitality and intimate fellowship - provided spiritual nourishment and that this theme has been woven into all the most important moments of her life.
In this spiritual memoir, Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences - from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny; her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins; her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist; her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship with and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital's most influential hostess; and her growing fascination with religious issues. This fascination led to her pioneering work in creating the most visited religious site on the web, OnFaith.co, where she reports on the unseen driving force of American life.
Throughout this radiant, thoughtful, and surprisingly intimate memoir, Quinn reveals how "it's all magic" - the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller-coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all.
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By michele b. on 12-08-17
I found the Magic in this book!
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Do you want to know what it's like to be the daughter of a 4 star WW2 General, (Buffalo Bill) and traveling the World?
Do you want to know what it's like to live in the Antebellum Deep south with the Voodoo magic of psychic seers?
Do you want to know the life of a young lady in the 60s traveling the world and dating swave royals?
Do you want to know what it's like to be living with a young Washington reporter during the Crazy late 60s, 70s and Vietnam war?
Do you want to know what it was like to work for the Washington Post during the 60s, 70's and 80's, well...actually the last 40 years?Do you want to know what it was like to be close friends with everyone involved in Watergate?
Do you want to know what is was like to be married to one of the most powerful men in Washington?
Do you want to know what it's like to be the mother of a special needs child?Do you want to know what it's like when the love of your life your has Alzheimer's?
Do you want to know what it's like to have access to the most intelligent and powerful people in your country?
Do you want to know what it's like to try to understand every religion the world has?
Do you want to realise that no matter who you are, what you have, or who you know, will not keep you from the problems of life?
As you can see I LOVED this book and all the Wonderful places Sally took me, both with the Good and the bad!
I also think that Sally is a VERY Brave gal in admitting her forays into the Mystic sciences!
How many of us haven't wanted to put a Hex on someone?
I think that the New age sciences are a another form of study in helping us open the door of learning So Much More about our world and will contribute so many more possibilities of advancement to humanity and civilization!
If you're against this believe, fine, I'm sure you would of called the Microscope and Telescope;the Devil !
Please Sally, write another book as Completely Honest as this one!
Thank YOU, I'll be waiting!
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By PSG on 03-29-18
I looked forward to a great listening experience, focused on spirituality. Unfortunately, spirituality takes a back seat. Quinn's life story is somewhat interesting, but the number of names dropped became offputting. With the exception of John Tower, whose name is vital to the event, the book would have been better/stronger and shorter without most of the names. We all know she has known high-profile people.