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In his debut as an author, Denzel Washington shares his personal story of the mentors who helped guide his life.

Washington pens the introduction for the stories of more than 70 of America's leading personalities in theatre, sports, business, and politics as they tell their life-changing stories of mentorship.

Contributors include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Antwone Fisher, Bonnie Raitt, Cal Ripken, Alex ...

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Overview

In his debut as an author, Denzel Washington shares his personal story of the mentors who helped guide his life.

Washington pens the introduction for the stories of more than 70 of America's leading personalities in theatre, sports, business, and politics as they tell their life-changing stories of mentorship.

Contributors include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Antwone Fisher, Bonnie Raitt, Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez, Dick Vitale, Whoopie Goldberg and more.

A portion of the book's proceeds benefit 4.5 million children currently involved in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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For a quarter century, Denzel Washington has been one of America's most beloved actors and role models, but this is his first book. In A Hand To Guide Me, the two-time Academy Award winner shares the story of his own troubled adolescence and the mentors who helped guide him through these crises. This candid testimonial is reinforced by the personal memories of more than 70 leading personalities about their own life-changing mentors. The contributors include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Antwone Fisher, Bonnie Raitt, Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez, Dick Vitale, and Whoopi Goldberg. (Portions of the book's proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, for which Washington serves as a spokesman.)
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We all get where we're going with a push from someone who cares, says acclaimed actor Washington. A national spokesperson for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, he tells how he found his own mentor in the Mount Vernon, N.Y., Boys Club and celebrates the organization's 100th anniversary with this collection of 70 celebrities' accounts of how as youngsters they were guided by a caring adult. Among the contributors are actors, athletes, authors, artists and former presidents. Retired basketball coach John Wooden remembers his hardworking father, a farmer, making the time every night to read poetry and Scripture to his children. Gloria Steinem describes how she saw a commitment to women's rights in the novels of Louisa May Alcott. Whoopi Goldberg credits her mother with teaching her empathy the day she abandoned her best friend to hang out with the popular kids. Bill Clinton was influenced by a great-uncle, an undereducated man who not only taught him to value people's differences but to refrain from making judgments. Washington has produced an anthology that will inspire successful men and women to help and empower the next generation. B&w photos. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780696230493
  • Publisher: Meredith Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Makes you believe in anything you want to believe.

    It inspired me that Denzel Washington wrote this book with few other famous people. It showed me that theres a spot I belong in. As an African American young man it shows the potential of what a place or person to do with their life like Denzel said when he we to the boys and girls club he got to play think and stay out of trouble and when his mother would take care of him. Still til this day he is a great inspiration to everyone including African Americans. This book from the others is a great inspiration to read and really think about what's in stored for you in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    Alsome!!!

    Growing up in Louisiana i can see what Denzel is talking about everyday people suffer with pain,but 'A hand to guide me'makes you happy and see that you can make it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    Follow your dream!

    This book contains a lot of information about reaching your dreams,and not looking back. Denzel Washington really did a great job on this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    More then I Expected!!!!!!!!!!!

    I initially tought this was a memoir of Denzel's life, but I was so wrong...It was much more...This book taps into the human spirit and spotlights the minute aspects and inspirations that catapulted their lives...I commend Denzel for recognizing that a book such as this is honestly what the world needs at this very moment....It so innocently reminds us to be ever so greatful for the little things in life, as cliche as it may sound!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    FANTASTIC QUICK READ

    Wonderful stories of the human spirit and the people who guide us and encourage us even when life doesn't go the way we planned. Encourage anyone to read this book and reflect on the people that have touched their own personal lives and count your blessing for the people that have or the people you may have helped along the way. We are all connected in some way or another. A+ BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2006

    Wonderful book

    I am a big fan! This book is very inspiring. I enjoyed the diverse collection of stories. My daughter checked this book out from her jr high library. She is very impressed with this book. My copy is making the rounds of my workplace. Thanks Denzel for writing this book.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Simply outstanding!

    The book was "engrossing and solid" in its content! The personal stories were "thought provoking, insightful, and warm". Mr.Washington first time as an author did an outstanding job from start to finish! The book is an "must read" for all, and will re-energize all who read it with "confidence and determination" to continue to "move forward with absolute conviction"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Give a standing ovation to those folks who gave you a jumpstart in life & said, 'Don't Give Up, I Know You Can Do It!'

    This book was great! It made me reflect back on all those folks (young, old & in-between) who've provided me with words of wisdom, some stern direction & lots of mentoring, which has made me the strong, courageous woman that I am today. It also kept me on that straight & narrow path of always striving to do the RIGHT THING, as I've traveled along this road-of-life. Since I read the book, I've made phone calls, visits and written notes to personally THANK folks, & let them know that I truly did & still do appreciate their time, effort, support & good deeds. THANKS DENZEL - the book was a pleasure to read & I've passed it along to others as gifts.

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