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Here is the Whitney only family would know... Somewhere outside the glare of the concert spotlights... behind the tawdry entertainment news headlines... beyond the crush of the scandal-seeking paparazzi... lies the truth about Whitney Houston. And few individuals are better qualified to show us that complicated, funny, generous, troubled, extremely loyal Whitney than the friend she called "brother," Bebe Winans. With obvious affection, yet remarkable transparency, Winans opens a window into their 28 years of ...
Here is the Whitney only family would know... Somewhere outside the glare of the concert spotlights... behind the tawdry entertainment news headlines... beyond the crush of the scandal-seeking paparazzi... lies the truth about Whitney Houston. And few individuals are better qualified to show us that complicated, funny, generous, troubled, extremely loyal Whitney than the friend she called "brother," Bebe Winans. With obvious affection, yet remarkable transparency, Winans opens a window into their 28 years of friendship and family closeness to offer a view of the Whitney only a handful of people knew - the Whitney beyond The Voice. The entertainment press incessantly told us what Whitney did. Now, thanks to this tender, honest account, we understand what she thought and felt. Winans' audio book is a beautifully honest portrait of this astonishingly gifted woman, offering tremendous inspiration and a deeper understanding of human nature and God's grace.
Introduction: The Ones We Love 3
Chapter 1 Our Black Princess 9
Chapter 2 Whitney's Weight of Fame 17
Chapter 3 Bloodlines, Elvis, and Her Eternal Fan 37
Chapter 4 The Pact 47
Chapter 5 Crazy Whitney 65
Chapter 6 Whitney, Jesus Loves You 85
Chapter 7 The Voice 103
Chapter 8 The Bodyguard Couldn't Protect Her 117
Chapter 9 Our "Star-Spangled" Moment 129
Chapter 10 Whitney Unfair 137
Chapter 11 Drugs 153
Chapter 12 Don't Blame Bobby 163
Chapter 13 Pull It Together 175
Chapter 14 Pesky Grief 185
Chapter 15 Embrace the Pain 193
Chapter 16 To the Young and the Hopeful 203
Chapter 17 I Will Always Love You, Whitney 215
Posted July 30, 2012
I really enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. I received an ARC from Worthy Publishing through NetGalley and began reading immediately. Initially, I was a bit reluctant to even read the book because I thought it was just going to be BeBe capitalizing on his connection to Nip with no real insight. As I trudged on, however, I found a book that was written by a friend who is truly still in mourning and missing Nip like WE (the fans) miss her. If you're looking for a sensationalized accounting of the bold and brash Whitney Houston that the media liked to highlight, you've got the wrong book. The title alone lets you know that this is all from BeBe's perspective and at his discretion. Could he have gone into a bit more detail about some portions of Whitney's life? Absolutely! Did we necessarily need him to? Not at all. He shared the portions of his friend with which he felt comfortable and I was pleased.
This book left me with a sadness, still. Just when I thought I'd gotten used to living in a world without Whitney, TWIK brought back all of the feelings that night when I heard she'd passed. I'm not really a huge worshiper of celebs, but Whitney's talent touched me in a way few can compare. I found myself missing her immensely as I read BeBe's accounts of their friendship.
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Posted December 15, 2012
The Whitney I knew by Bebe Winans. This biography of Whitney Houston is written by a dear friend of hers, Bebe Winans. Having loved Whitney's music for a long time I was blessed to be able to meet her through this book.
The best part of this book was the personal stories shared about Whitney, how family was so important to her and what a generous and wonderful person she was, even generously making a loan of 50,000 dollars to the author for the house he wanted to buy but didn't have the money for, never asking or expecting him to pay her back.
This book will open your eyes to the abuse of celebrities and how Whitney who craved deep loving relationships, was hurt by people who misused her and attacked her. It brought to light the fact that often the world abuses the people in the spotlight making incorrect assumptions about them and hating them for it, never comprehending that whatever their social status they are people too.
I doubt until reading this book anyone will know how close she was to the Winans, I certainly didn't. Bebe, Cece and all the Winans were her adopted brothers and sisters, who she could always count on to be there for her.
I was glad to see the way the author wrote wrote about her life, in a loving honest way, wanting the world to see past the tabloids and magazines and their lies and distortion to the true Whitney, also from a Christian perspective thus being able to write about her faith in God.
I would recommend this book that I so enjoyed to anyone who loves her or her music.
Bones are minor, and include a quote from T D Jakes.I received this book free from Worthy Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted September 28, 2012
After reading this book, I was very moved. Bebe Winans was clearly one of Whitney Houston closest friends. Here, you get to see Whitney the girl from New Jersey as oppossed to Whitney the star. Like all of us, Ms. Houston was human and struggled with life, something Mr. Winanas points out. I also appreciated his defense of Bobby Brown. This book is a definite must read for anyone who wants to learn more about Whitney Houston and her life.
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Posted January 10, 2013
Posted December 20, 2012
Author: BeBe Winans
Published By: Worthy Publishing
Age Recommended: 14+
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
"The Whitney I Knew" by Bebe Winans was a very enjoyable read. This author did a wonderful job in letting us really see Whitney in truth...dignity and love. I thought this was a awesome novel that tells 'funny personal stories' that only this author could share with us .....the reader. Mr. Winans gives his own perspective view and with his discretion did a wonderful job of giving us..Whitney Houston (Nip) life truths that only he wanted to share with us ..the reader. Mr. Winans wanted to open our eyes to see that Whitney Houston
was human...she breathed, cried, bleeds, falls, get up, stumble and just gets back up again. Whitney Houston was a 'loyal friend, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, aunt, and also a spouse.'
I felt "The Whitney I Knew" was beautiful written by a dear friend that really loved Whitney. Did Whitney have struggles...yes and many people have struggled too ...but one thing for sure we all know that Whitney Loved Jesus...her favorite song...'Jesus Loves Me.'
I really loved "The Whitney I Knew" and would recommend to all as a excellent read and will leave you yearning to hear her beautiful voice once again.
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Posted August 6, 2012
This book allowed me insight of the person Whitney was and just not the mega superstar. How fame and the pressures of the entertainment business can destroy the innosense of a God fearing 19 year olf from E.O. New Jersey. BeBe shared his story of his dear friend and I so appreciate it. EXCELLENT BOOK!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2012
What a great way to remember a beautiful spirit. Bebe gave you insight to "his sister" not the Whitney Houston we knew as a superstar. I am not a star struck person but since the death of Whitney I have read alot about this woman. Some good and some bad but this book undoubtly the best tribute to a wonderful person. Someone who wanted to love and to be loved!! I never knew her or met her but through this book I got a glimpse of who she was and how much she loved The Lord.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2013
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