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Little Black Sheep (Library Edition): A Memoir

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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, ...

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Little Black Sheep: A Memoir

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609818883
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 9/8/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Since her debut on Atlantic Records in 1991, Ashley Cleveland has released eight critically acclaimed albums, which have earned her two Dove Awards and three Grammy Awards. She was the first woman to be nominated for a Grammy for the Best Rock Gospel Album and the only woman to ever win the award three times. Ashley is also a writer and essayist who has contributed to books including The Dance of Heaven and The Art of Being. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Kenny Greenberg, and has three children, Rebecca, Henry, and Lily.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Little Black Sheep is one of the few non-fiction books I've read

    Little Black Sheep is one of the few non-fiction books I've read this year, and perhaps only the second memoir I've read in 2013. My reason for reading very little non-fiction is simply personal preference--I prefer my books to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. My reason for reading even fewer memoirs is a bit more controversial....

    I believe we all have stories to tell, but that our lives (and therefore, our life stories, our memoirs) need to be mile-marker signs that point to Jesus, that give Him glory. Otherwise, my story, your story, his or her story often becomes a self-indulgent act of vainglory, of airing dirty laundry, of unforgiveness. This is especially true now that self-publishing is fingertip-available to anyone who believes the have something to say. I've read far too many memoirs in my lifetime to be convinced otherwise, and although I'm sure there are vast quantities of exceptions to my blanket statement, I've yet to see evidence for myself.

    But every once in a while, I'll stumble upon one written by a person I highly respect, not because of their accomplishments or because of they're notoriety, but because of the way they present Jesus to the world. Usually these people are fighters, scrappers, brawlers, down-and-outers, who have experienced the healing that can only come by turning and facing the ONE who pursues, the ONE who isn't afraid of dark alleys and dirty ditches, Jesus.

    Ashley Cleveland is one such woman. She periodically shares her music and her heart at our church, and every time she stands on stage, I know she's not up there alone. And so, when I learned that she was putting out her memoir, I signed up to be on the list to help spread the word.

    Ashley's story is raw, painful, wretched; the pages filled with the straight-forward talk of a woman who's walked too long down a dead-end road. But between the lines, between the falls, between the blisters and tears, Ashley keeps breathing in that "little bit of hope" she mentions in the above trailer, and that little bit of hope is the story of her redemption.

    "I don't understand why He cares, why He wouldn't spend His time on a more worthy individual; I don't understand it at all. And yet He relentlessly pursues me with such tenderness and love, that ultimately, I can't say 'no.'"

    I read Little Black Sheep in one sitting, then I couldn't stop thinking about it - and talking about it! Ashley's story is the kind of story we NEED to hear, we NEED to share. It's the kind of story that can bring that little bit of hope to a world of people who believe there is NO hope.

    Ashley's book is truly "Hope Through Storytelling" and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you, to be able to help her promote this book.

    Thank you, Ashley, for entrusting me with this beautiful picture of you.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Ashley is an old, high school friend; however, she is also a new

    Ashley is an old, high school friend; however, she is also a new friend...this woman has been changed in her adult life, and reflects her awkward path to her new being. The book mirrors her innermost thoughts and outermost personality throughout her life. However much I've always admired her honesty and talent, Little Black Sheep brings it all the more to the surface. She is an eloquent writer, of music and book. Read this book, and then listen to all of the CDs of hers you can get your hands on and ears to! You, too, will be changed for the better. I am, for having known her during most of her creativeness. And, to know that she credits God for it all!---it's an overwhelming read. Praise God for her gifts we can all enjoy and be a part of.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    I have enjoyed Ashley Cleveland's music since "Big Town&quo

    I have enjoyed Ashley Cleveland's music since "Big Town" came out in 1991.  There is a vulnerability and an authenticity to her music that is compelling to me.  I hoped her memoir would reflect these as well, and it does.  For anyone who feels like they struggle with habitual sin or addictions of any kind, let this story be an encouragement that as many times as we stumble or simply fail to comprehend all of who God is for us, He is still faithful, He is still offering us much-needed grace, and His mercies are new every single day.  This is a great read - full of hope and encouragement.  I read it in just a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.  You don't have to be a follower of Jesus to enjoy this book, but if you are, your faith will be encouraged reading it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    This book held my interest through the last page.

    I found this book to be honest, funny, heartbreaking, and real. I would recommend this book to anyone who is less than perfect and wonders if they are still loved.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

    I have long been a fan of Ashley Cleveland's music.  However, I

    I have long been a fan of Ashley Cleveland's music.  However, I have also been drawn to her authenticity, her no holds barred nature.  
    She has always been a musician that puts all she has and lay sit out on the stage.  "Little Black Sheep" is Cleveland's memoir and she
    has done the same thing with her pen.  This book is honest - painfully honest.  If her drug abuse, promiscuity and rocky childhood
    prominent experiences in her life, it is her drive and never ending love for music which keep propelling her forward.  In the middle of it
     all is God, grace, and redemption.  A great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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