The Key Is Love: My Mother's Wisdom, A Daughter's Gratitude

The Key Is Love: My Mother's Wisdom, A Daughter's Gratitude

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by Marie Osmond, Marcia Wilkie
     
 

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For beloved superstar Marie Osmond, one gift that her mother gave her stands above the rest: the gift to trust and follow her heart.

Even when her path seemed bleak, it was this unwavering faith that allowed her to follow her dreams, both professional and personal, and survive the hardest times in her life. Like so many women out there, Marie has struggled

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For beloved superstar Marie Osmond, one gift that her mother gave her stands above the rest: the gift to trust and follow her heart.

Even when her path seemed bleak, it was this unwavering faith that allowed her to follow her dreams, both professional and personal, and survive the hardest times in her life. Like so many women out there, Marie has struggled through years of being a single parent and a working parent, while juggling the need to be there for her children and still be there for her other “family,” the multitude of fans and followers who look up to her.

Through it all, Marie has turned to the person who helped her through every stage of her life and her career: her mother. Drawing on the wisdom that Olive Osmond imparted over the years, Marie weaves a rich, touching, and honest memoir about her life offstage and off-camera, where she took on her most important role: motherhood. Through her personal delights, dreams, downturns, and devastating tragedy, Marie offers insights on creating a strong family, raising happy and independent children and, especially, moving forward when it seems impossible to do so.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Long-time entertainer Osmond honors her parents' hard work, discipline, and love in this touching memoir, skirting the conventional celebrity confessional to tell an intimate story of family. Balancing her mother's wisdom against a personal saga of life on the move, Osmond discusses raising eight children, overcoming a failed marriage, dealing with postpartum depression, and finding oneself after genuine tragedy. Her mother Olive is depicted as a person who "had a lifelong interest in any ideas that would give people more happiness, hope, and peace of mind," vibrancy she maintained to her deathbed. Osmond's references to her fame and fortune are fleeting, while ruminations on Osmond family mores and inherited values are dynamically rendered. A poignant and beautifully drawn chapter highlights the life of her 18-year-old son Michael, who tragically took his own life in 2010. The grief, love, and surrounding circumstances are explored with grace and honesty, resulting in a celebration of his life and confirmation of her faith. There are humorous anecdotes and brief glimpses into a performer's life of glamour and grueling preparation. This is a picture of a strong woman who leads an active life, and appreciates its real values. (Apr.)
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Praise for The Key is Love

“Long-time entertainer Osmond honors her parents' hard work, discipline, and love in this touching memoir...An intimate story...dynamically rendered. [P]oignant and beautifully drawn.” –Publishers Weekly

Praise for Might as Well Laugh About it Now

"Marie Osmond is a radiant personality whose effectiveness in life comes not only through lessons learned, but also by allowing herself to laugh along the way. She is truly an inspiring individual."—Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me

"Marie's life...is tantalizing in its ups and downs, a circus of hysterical situations that will make you laugh out loud...She's been my friend for twenty-five years and always her sense of humor has prevailed."—Mary Hart, host of Entertainment Tonight

"Marie Osmond's real life stories echo the humor of Erma Bombeck and the humility of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Gift from the Sea). It's impressive how this incredible woman keeps on keepin' on."—Larry King

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101627877
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
373,051
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for The Key is Love

“Long-time entertainer Osmond honors her parents' hard work, discipline, and love in this touching memoir. . .An intimate story . . .dynamically rendered. [P]oignant and beautifully drawn.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Might as Well Laugh About it Now

"Marie Osmond is a radiant personality whose effectiveness in life comes not only through lessons learned, but also by allowing herself to laugh along the way. She is truly an inspiring individual."—Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me

"Marie's life...is tantalizing in its ups and downs, a circus of hysterical situations that will make you laugh out loud...She's been my friend for twenty-five years and always her sense of humor has prevailed."—Mary Hart, host of Entertainment Tonight

"Marie Osmond's real life stories echo the humor of Erma Bombeck and the humility of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Gift from the Sea). It's impressive how this incredible woman keeps on keepin' on."—Larry King

 

Meet the Author

Marie Osmond endeared herself to an entire generation as the star of numerous award-winning television shows and specials, as a multimillion-selling recording artist, and as a worldwide concert-tour headliner. She is also a New York Times bestselling author of Might as Well Laugh About It Now, has appeared on Broadway, and is the entrepreneur behind the successful Marie Osmond Collector Dolls.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started reading this book and couldn't put it down. Marie Osmond was so open with her personal life and the struggles her family has had. Many nice tips on life handed down from her Mother. I was surprised to read how forthcoming she was when writing about her son's death and thought she did a great job with her thoughts on kids in today's world, depression and suicide. Enjoyed the pictures of her and her kids throughout the book. If you are an Osmond fan, this is a must read. If you are not a fan, there are many good tips and life lessons to pass on to your friends and family.
kity50 More than 1 year ago
I think this woman is an outstanding woman- love her courage and smile. I definately will read her book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading how she handled the difference as far as the age spaces with her eight kids and how she used her mother's wisdom to help her through out her life
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Good read for women in Marie Osmond's age bracket who are in the process of raising children. Some interesting facts about caring for a sick parent. However, if you are past this part of your life, it isn't for you. I would recommend it for mothers who are raising their children now, or who have lost a child to suicide. Helpful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is very easy to read , although I never knew where it was heading. It's very brave of Marie to speak of some of her hardest moments. It's also very touching to hear of her beloved times with her mother; both when her mother was raising her and when her mother was near the end of her life on earth. Many women are raised by their own amazing mothers and very often others are touched by these wonderful women, beyond just their immediate families. No one is perfect and we take the best of who our mothers are and try to pass their strengths onto our children, mixed with our own unique strengths, hopefully. As in another of Marie's books, she speaks of being on an anti-depressant that takes away her lows, but also her highs. Anti-depressants are not to be taken lightly and are very useful under the guidance of a doctor for specific conditions. There are many anti-depressants; they take weeks/months, to regulate. They need to be adjusted for the specifc needs and chemistry of the patient. This takes a lot of time and if patient's health situation is such that she/he and the doctor decide an anti-depressant is necessary, many side effects will be monitored and medicine modified as needed. If you feel suicidal; if you feel as if you are in a dark, dark, hole/place that over months or longer you cannot get out of; if you have anxiety that cripples your ability to do the daily things you used to do, even taking care of yourself, the side effects that can usually be adjusted away are nothing compared to being able to live and function again. I feel this needs to be somewhere in Marie's book. I fear that someone who is looking for hope (besides an interesting read by Marie) and reads her brief negative critique on anti-depressants may sink deeper. Depression is very real and there are a mulitude of ways to combat it, the most serious being the use of SERIOUS medicine. Praying is good, counseling is good, friends are good, exercise is good, eating right is good, doing for others is good. I want readers to know there are certain health situations when medicine is necessary and extremely beneficial. Sometimes this book feels a little preachy, but that's okay. We love Marie!! Love, emd
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R u ther i got locked out of love result two