Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this bestselling spiritual classic.
This is Maya Angelou talking from the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring. This is a book to be treasured, a book about being in all ways a woman, about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power of spirituality to move and shape your life. Passionate, lively, and lyrical, Maya Angelou’s latest unforgettable work offers a gem of truth on every page.
Maya Angelou speaks out . . .
On Faith: “I'm taken aback when people walk up to me and tell me they are Christians. My first response is the question 'Already?' It seems to me a lifelong endeavor to try to live the life of a Christian. It is in the search itself that one finds ecstasy.”
On Racism: “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.”
On Taking Time for Ourselves: “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. A day away acts as a spring tonic. It can dispel rancor, transform indecision, and renew the spirit.”
On Death and Grieving: “When I sense myself filling with rage at the absence of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns should be focused on what I can learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?”
On Style: “Style is as unique and nontransferable and perfectly personal as a fingerprint. It is wise to take the time to develop one's own way of being, increasing those things one does well and eliminating the elements in one's character which can hinder and diminish the good personality.”
Angelou ( I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ) is leery of people who give up too easily, whiners, complainers, men seeking an ``earth mother'' and vulgar entertainers. In this collection of short essays, many only two to three pages in length, she discusses the value of charity and her faith in God. She rages with eloquence at the deaths of loved ones, and shares her thoughts on discovering an authentic personal style, the insidious effects of racism, and pregnancy as an experience to be shared by a woman and her mate. Angelou includes reminiscences of her childhood in Stamps, Ark., on being a single mother and on dancing in a professional duo with Alvin Ailey. These quietly inspirational pieces convey her sense of life as an ongoing adventure.
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I remember reading this back in high school. My teacher, Mr. Bunner, didn’t usually allow kids to take books out of his room, in fear of them being lost. He allowed me to take this book out because I enjoyed it so much, as long as I brought it back. I read the entire book, within 2 days? Then I returned it.
This book inspired me. Although I have to refresh my memory by rereading it again, I know it will never disappoint me. The feeling I felt, reading the truth within each page, relating to & understanding it, was eye opening. It gave me a sense of awakening. I hope to feel the same way, if not even better, when I reread this book. And I’ll never forget, how this became my favorite book of hers & my favorite book in general.
Maya Angelou has been my favorite poet, since the 4th-5th grade.. I’ve wrote poetry, every since. Thank you, Miss Angelou for what you’ve had the courage to share with us, through your poetry & books.
This book changed my life!
This was my first Maya Angelou book I ever read and it was a breath of fresh air.