My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith

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What's the secret to living a spiritual life? So much is happening in our world—we o? en get distracted and listen to voices other than the voice of God.

"If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we have to live a disciplined life," Nouwen asserts. In the spiritual life, discipline requires conscious eff ort to keep every area in life from being fi lled. It means creating space in one's life for God.

Nouwen identifi es 3 essential disciplines for ...

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Overview

What's the secret to living a spiritual life? So much is happening in our world—we o? en get distracted and listen to voices other than the voice of God.

"If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we have to live a disciplined life," Nouwen asserts. In the spiritual life, discipline requires conscious eff ort to keep every area in life from being fi lled. It means creating space in one's life for God.

Nouwen identifi es 3 essential disciplines for maintaining a life of discipleship: solitude, community, and ministry.

In solitude, disciples learn to listen to God through prayer. They come to realize they are beloved sons and daughters of God.

In community they learn to celebrate and practice vulnerability and forgiveness. A? er they have experienced solitude and community, disciples feel God's call to minister to a hurting world. God empowers them to do amazing things.

This encouraging, insightful book inspires Christians to practice solitude, community, and ministry. The result, Nouwen promises, is a fruitful, Spirit-fi lled life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Good Morning America coanchor Robin Roberts and her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, encapsulate resilience, faith, and generations of joy in this slim and inspirational volume. Lucimarian, 87, reflects concisely on a life buoyed by her deep love of music as well as her commitment to her faith and civic service. The same musicality that steadied her as a young woman growing up in the segregated South before marrying her husband of 53 years (who was also a Tuskegee Airman) informs her descriptions of life traveling all over the world before making a home that was eventually imperiled by Hurricane Katrina. Excerpts of biblical passages and lyrics from her favorite spirituals add a devotional quality to the main narrative that is both endearing and uplifting. That the health challenges of both Roberts women are not addressed until late in the book underscores the main theme of the book: that victories surmount despair. The stories from journalist Robin about her mother add a sweet and conversational tone to the book. (Apr.)
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"Lucimarian Roberts, mother of “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts,  shares the story of her life and how she keeps herself spiritually centered during difficult times. Robin Miles narrates in a calm, soothing voice that stresses the joy and pain of Roberts’s experiences—especially during her childhood in the segregated South, when music became her personal inspiration. Daughter Robin Roberts reflects upon her mother’s stories, completing them and showing how a mother-and-daughter relationship can seem to be divinely woven. At the end, Lucimarian Roberts rewards the listener with five bonus tracks in which she herself speaks and sings, completing her devotional." 
D.Z.  © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835811071
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 176,680
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts may be best known as the mother of broadcast journalist, Robin Roberts. However, the 87-year-old has achieved success in her own right, serving as the Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and as a board member for numerous organizations. Lucimarian Roberts was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where she earned a scholarship from the publishers of the Akron Beacon Journal and became the first person in her family to attend college. She graduated in 1946 from Howard University in Washington, DC, and married Lawrence Roberts, a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, with whom she raised 4 children. Lucimarian Roberts lived through the Great Depression, segregation, the civil rights movement, and many personal challenges. These experiences helped shape her unique perspective on life.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Susan L. Taylor 9

Introduction Robin Roberts 13

1 Singing because I must 15

2 Knowing that home is wherever we are 29

3 Learning that it's not all black and white 43

4 "Angels" watching over me 61

5 Stepping out of the bubble 85

6 Standing on holy ground 99

7 Opening doors of opportunity 113

8 Growing older, celebrating life 121

Letters from Lucimarian's children 137

Acknowledgments 141

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    A good quick read

    I enjoyed reading My Story, My Song. Lucimarian Roberts shares some great stories of growing up and how her faith was so central to her choices in life, even amidst situations where she experienced discrimination. Her life is an inspiration.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

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    Lucimarian Roberts' name may be recognized as the mother of te



    Lucimarian Roberts' name may be recognized as the mother of television personality Robin Roberts, but her own story earns her a place of respect and admiration all her own. Raised in a struggling black family in Akron, Ohio, Lucimarian never saw poverty or her race as agents of certain failure. Instead she placed her faith in God and set about using her unique musical talent to glorify her Lord. In this short, but powerful book, Lucimarian looks back on her life. Each reflection is accompanied by a hymn that had impacted her life and also by a short comment by daughter Robin.


    As Lucimarian's alcholic father lost one job after another, her mother turned to domestic jobs to keep the family fed. The young girl never pined for things or goals she could not have, but along the way, others saw her intelligence, drive, and talent. A grade school teacher followed Lucimarian's accomplishments throughout her childhood and was instrumental in the high school helping the young black girl receive a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D. C. I was very impressed by the structure and opportunity offered at this all black college in the 1940's. One time First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt attended a tea there for young leaders of the school, and Lucimarian spent time chatting with the First Lad whose concern for all people stayed with Lucimarian throughout her life.


    The book follows Lucimarian;s life from that troubled childhood to her years of opportunity in Washington, D. C. and throughout her adult life as wife of career Air Force officer Larry Roberts and mother to their four children. Larry was one of the original Tuskegee Air Men, only recently recognized for their WWII courage. Twenty seven different moves marked their military career, most of them before the military was fully integrated. Often the family would not be able to find housing on base, and many times Larry was the only black officer, making Lucimarian the only black wife. But in every community, the family found a place to worship, found a place within the community, and quietly changed perceptions. The strength of the family's faith in God's plan is evident in every move. This is not a book relating how badly minorities were treated (which they were), but a book that recognizes God's hand in changing people's attitudes and His personal hand in caring for this family. Lucimarian explains it this way: I have found the best way to change aperson's prejudice is to model a Christlike life. Only then are we able to rise above bitterness, anger and revenge. After all, God is the Creator of us all, no matter what the color of our skin. Most interesting was her description of how the family made a home when in Turkey, even making friends with Muslim neighbors. Most poignant is the deaith of Larry in 2004, the 2005 hurricane that devastated her home, and Robin's public battle against breast cancer.


    Now in her 80's. Lucimarian herself faces health issues and the inability to live alone. Yet daily she goes to her piano bench, which she describes as her refuge, the place she goes to meet with God.

    This book would have made a lovely Mother's Day gift as it is an affirmation of the power mothers have in shaping their family's view of life and God. In fact, it would be a wonderful gift book for anyone who is elderly. At the same time, I think younger people should read titles like this to appreicate those who have chosen modeling Christ rather than embracing the latest blame game.



    I found myself thinking of my mother solid influence often as I read the book. I was also busyhighlighting sections to reread. This is a small book with BIG impact!! I give it a five star recommendation. I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Good book but much too short.

    Robin is such a wonderful person, and newscaster that I didn't want the book to end so fast. With the news of the additional health issue all I can say my prays are with her, and hope for a full recovery!

    She is an insperation!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Excellent book!

    This book is a must read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Their faith is ever strong!

    Although it is only 91 pages, it is filled with their truths and their love for each other and life. What a privilege it would have been to be part of their family experience.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    Sadly I read this book a day after the world lost this lovely la

    Sadly I read this book a day after the world lost this lovely lady. I had all intentions of reading it much sooner but got caught up in day to day chores and life just got in my way. The wisdom and insight of Mrs. Roberts is so very touching and I can now see where the grace Robin shows in her day to day television commentations comes from.

    I was touched by the lessons taught in the book and especially felt Mrs. Roberts' life could be epitomized by Proverbs 31 in THE CAPABLE WIFE. She followed her husband through all the trials and tribulations forced upon a military family and upheld her family with honor and grace, even in the face of bias and ugliness.

    My family has been likewise blessed to have THE CAPABLE WIFE in our midst in the presence of my Grandmother of whom I was honored to have published her life stories in 2011 as well. Both ladies braved many hardships in their resolve to raise faithful families. They both were lights unto our generation.

    The stories were tender, touching, sometimes hurtful but most times even in the most painful of circumstances , Mrs. Roberts' resolve to turn the other cheek as she was so obviously taught allowed her grace to triumph.

    In honor of a life lived in humility, love and honesty, I would recommend this book to anyone searching for a truly 'feel good' read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    The first time i met u we were at a cool party.. we kissed in the swimming pool. U asked me out the next day and it was to good to be true. I knew that u were the one for me im so glad i went to that party!! I just want you to know that i love u and i know that u love me. I think its cool that im dating a guy in a band i think its coool tht u love music too. I like the band eternidy and they're not famous so u probably dont know them. I stay on the downlow most of the time. But u brought me out to shine. I know that you probably wont see this thing. But i wanted to write out my feelings somehow. I know that ur the best thing thts happened to me. I love you a lot and i always will. ~J

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Wonderful lady. Very insperational!

    Wonderful lady. Very insperational!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Story My Song HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    A VERY HEARTWARMING, MOVING, INTERESTING READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Serena's song: I'm gonna go crazy

    It's been 5 months now. Since I've seen you. And a whole year. Since I fell in love. I don't know, what to do, I miss you, I love you, without knowing, your feelings, at all. Oh, oh, oh.¿(Chorus) I'm gonna go mad. I'm gonna go crazy. If I don't see you soon, baby. I keep hoping, you'll come and rescue me, but then again, dreams, aren't, reality. So is it useless, loving you, like this?¿ I keep thinking, I'm gonna see you, kissing her. You're gonna try to, apolagize and, say you love me, but I won't believe you. It's like we're both mute, not speaking, to each other, at all. Is it pointless, being in love, when I'm this mute? ¿(repeat chorus) oh, oh, oh. I don't know. Should I move on, like they've suggested? Or should I keep loving you, hoping we, will have, a happy ending? ¿(repeat chorus) I honestly, have no idea, I wanna love you, but is it pointless? I don't know. It's like we're both mute, not speaking. ¿(repeat chorus) oh, oh, oh. Pretty soon, I'll be crazy mad, mute and in love. Like we're both, mute.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Ken

    Nice job, cool how you remember all the lyrics!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Encore

    I loved this book but wanted more. I would love to hear these two write about caring for the sick and or elderly in the family dynamic from both perspectives. I love these Women of honor. Bravo!!!

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  • Posted October 18, 2012

    GOOD READ

    ENJOYED READING THE BOOK, LOVED HEARING ABOUT ROBINS MOM'S LIFE AND HER LIFE AS WELL. QUICK READ, NOW I'M HOPING THAT ROBIN CAN WRITE A BOOK ONCE SHE'S FEELING BETTER SINCE HER OR. GOD BLESS HER MOM FOR WRITING THIS BOOK WITH ROBIN BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY. WILL MOST LIKELY REREAD IT AGAIN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written and the comments by Robin at the end of each chapter made for added enjoyment. Reading this book was particularly timely given the fact that there was a recent article in Guidepost about Lucimarian and Robin and the fact that Robin is now facing her own challenges. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's a real keeper

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    recommended

    I loved it and I love Robin Roberts. Her mother's story is one of real faith and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Great story

    I am so glad I read this before Lucimarian's death. Quite a lady and she brought her children up right. Prayers for Robin in her struggle.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    loved it, but buying with Nook never know # of pages. It was not very long at all! I would not have bought if I had know that. Wish they would say # of pages when showing Nook books, have had this happen before. maybe better to get sample first.

    Wonderful if you like this kind of story. He is really in love and will make it work no matter what !

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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