Your deepest pain can be your greatest hope. This powerful memoir from Grammy Award-winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through.
Ashley Cleveland grew up in a Southern family fractured by alcoholism, homosexuality, and the collapse of her parents' marriage. She knew from the start that she was the "good-for-nothing" black sheep of her divided home, and she quickly learned to play the part. Yet in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful. Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use. This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that broken places often supply the best things we have to give away.
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- Mvillanti "Used to be an avid reader, but became an avid knitter. Eventually found Audible and can now have the best of both worlds."
I finished the book this afternoon and have all ready told two people about it.
The chapter when she describes her talk with her dad and he opens up about himself had me in tears.
The richness of her voice gave a warmth to the story that would have been lost on the written page. The two songs included on the audio book where delightful.
i felt so frustrated at her relapses and was riveted waiting to hear whether her marriage survived her addiction.
. I appreciated her honesty about her oldest child. At times the book is raw with its honesty.