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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommend!

I was immediately drawn to buy Ashley's book when it first became available. Growing up listening to The Judd's music, and seeing Naomi and Wynona on talk shows lately (sans Ashley) to promote their new OWN show, I was intrigued to read Ashley's story. Ashley begins h...
I was immediately drawn to buy Ashley's book when it first became available. Growing up listening to The Judd's music, and seeing Naomi and Wynona on talk shows lately (sans Ashley) to promote their new OWN show, I was intrigued to read Ashley's story. Ashley begins her journey reflecting on her own childhood issues of abandonment, rejection, depression, isolation, loss of family connection, and sexual abuse. While she talks about these issues very openly, Ashley is not screaming "I am a victim" or "Naomi is a horrible mother". Rather, she reveals very openly how those issues affected her and what she did to move past it.
Ashley shares the high and low points of her work as Ambassador and shares her inner struggles with religion and God. She is very raw in this book and is as transparent as she can be, without losing focus of the work she continues to do for PSI. Her journey takes her to a place of peace, acceptance, and a stronger will to continue helping those less fortunate to have a voice.

Ashley's book cannot be read without wanting to do something and help others. At the end of the book, Ashley provides websites and information to many organizations and programs that always need funding and volunteers (at any level). This is a book that deserves to be read, if not for Ashley's own journey, but for the women and children whose voices deserve to be heard.

posted by sneps on April 10, 2011

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40 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

Sadly would not recommend

I was really expecting a deep insightful book, but found that only a third of the book touched on her life and in a very one dimensional way. Yes, she opens up about the some of the darker experiences in her life, but doesn't delve deep into those emotions at all. She p...
I was really expecting a deep insightful book, but found that only a third of the book touched on her life and in a very one dimensional way. Yes, she opens up about the some of the darker experiences in her life, but doesn't delve deep into those emotions at all. She passes over her molestation in a matter of fact way. I get she may have placed it in the right place in her life now, but why write about it then. Not to share who molested her is sending a horrible message to the secrecy of incest. She continues to protect the offender. The rest of the book she should have been written apart from what she labeled this book, as her "memoirs." In writing of her life experience, she's selective of what she shares, does not delve into her relationship with her mother or sister in a deep level. And her experiences in third world countries, was muddied on her repetitive, "how it made her feel, how mentally exhausting it was, how she wanted to help them all" awareness. There is a bigger picture here, which I don't think she covers. How her life is drawn to this area and maybe not in a healthy way. She doesn't delve in to the self-awareness aspect of this. In a particular part of the book she offended me deeply. Where she judges a lady she comes upon in a hotel on her way to a safari. Because the women is dressed in expensive clothes, Ashley makes a judgement she must be shallow because the lady asked if she was going on a safari too. How pompous is that responding to her like you did? How do you know THAT women you judged doesn't have a similar cause? What makes you think her journey in life hasn't been difficult? What because how she was dressed! Shallow. Maybe folks think the same way about you. Going to the slums, but retreating to your four star hotel afterwards. You talk about returning home and feeling guilty, wrong message again and shows perhaps motives are not in a good healthy place. Delve deeper Ashley. To readers, I'd save the money. This book p*^sed me off. She definitely has not completed her journey nor reached a level of self-actualization.

posted by 2712772 on April 17, 2011

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Big Disappointment!

    I was under the impression that this was a memoir. I thought I would get a look into who Ashley is and the relationship she has with her mother and sister. Instead she turned the book into a lecture regarding her visits to third world countries, where she promotes HIV/AIDS awareness. I did not buy the book to be lectured regarding this topic. If she wanted to educate us, she should have wrote a separate book to cover this. I feel to call this a memoir is a false advertisement. Definitely would not recommend!

    8 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Drags on and on and on...

    I purchased this book hoping to learn more about someone i admired and found myself disliking her more and more as i read! I'm not exactly sure why though. I know i felt like her depiction of her life was 'whoa is me' as though she had suffered in a way that nobody else can understand. I applaud her work with exploited women and young girls but found it hard to think that i could have seen all that and come home with any money left in my bank account, let alone left some of thoses scenes without changing it right then and there knowing i had the financial resources. I realize that is only a band aid but , it would have been 'one less'. I found myself skipping whole paragraphs, then pages just to get through it. Maybe just poorly written??

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    not a memoir

    this book is Mostly about trips and attempts to eradicate hiv/aids. A worthy cause but not an attempt at a biography. Wynona's is much better.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    She is just bitter

    Bitter woman no one can do any right except her I Think Her Mother Is Beauitful what a rotten daughter

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    This book is not worth the money. I thought it was a horrible b

    This book is not worth the money. I thought it was a horrible book and would not reccomend it,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Humanatarian Story

    More of a humanatarian story which I appreciate, but felt it over took her completed story!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    don't waste your money

    I was expecting this to be more about her on personal struggles and triumphs. It was more about her charity and work abroad. It was too detailed, too slow, and very disappointing.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    too much about her goodwill emotions.

    i wanted to read about her life and childhood. it felt like one big emotional advertisement to give to her causes. i already give and was just tired of reading how her causes were so draining. life is not easy for most people. i think she is a very good person but it was just too much to take in.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2011

    Not what I thought.

    This book was hardly a memior. She did not talk about meeting and falling in love with Dario. She went from college straight to living in her house with her husband.
    The book turned into a lecture.
    Disappointed.
    Although she should be commended on her goodwill.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Horrible

    What a cry baby. Ashley Judd disappointed me with her expectations of her loved ones. She seems to need constant coddling and over the top attention. While I appreciate her work with children and woman all over the world it seems she thinks this is the same as motherhood. While her choice to not have children is her own, never judge your mothers mistakes until you have your own child. Her depression or diagnosis as bipolar is genetic and doesnt seem to relate to her childhood. Ashley condems her mothers actions and praises her father who is no part of her life. It seems through reading the pages of this book Ashley has a warped sense of reality. I do not recommend this book to anyone as I was unable to complete it myself.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Not what i expected

    Not a biography......rambles on and on about nothing. Very disappointed!

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Time

    Not what i expected if u were looking for a bio this is not it. This book was more about her charity work an experiance than her life.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Took me forever to read.

    I am an extremely fast reader and love biographies..I will read about almost anyone from rock stars to politicians to famous historical people. But this has got to have been the worst read ever. VERY repetative..it seems like if you have read one page, you have read the whole book...over and over and over. I too was duped into believing she would go into her family issues alot more...instead it was over and over about her charity work and I found it extremely difficult to turn one more page. A big waste of money.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Disappointed

    I love Ashley Judd and bought this book on the assumption that it was a full memoir. I was so disappointed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Do not waste your money

    It starts out fine, then all she talks about is her charities. The only thing beautiful about this is the cover.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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