Ashley Judd is an award-winning film and stage actor known for her roles in both box-office hits and art-house gems, and the daughter and sister of country-music royalty. In 2002, drawing on a deep well of empathy, she found her true calling: as a humanitarian and advocate for those suffering in neglected parts of the world.
Asked why she was opting out of a successful career, walking away while she was one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood, Ashley herself could not provide an answer. She simply knew that after her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, her own life depended on advocating on behalf of the vulnerable. Promising each new sister, "I will never forget you," Ashley began writing extraordinary diaries--on which this memoir is based--expanding her capacity to relate to, and to share with a global audience, stories of survival and resilience.
Along the way, Ashley realized that the coping strategies she had developed to deal with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment, were no longer working. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but an expanded kit of spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work.
Now, in this deeply moving and unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, as a left-behind lost child attains international prominence as a fiercely dedicated advocate. Her story ranges from anger to forgiveness, isolation to interdependence, depression to activism. In telling it, she resoundingly answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.
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1 . ehh
Posted June 28, 2011 by JAJ , DetroitI've followed her since she was small and I expected to enjoy this book. Sadly, not so. I understand that she is "self aware" but in this book she comes across as "self absorbed".
I appreciate the work she's doing for others and it can't be easy to see the things she does but every time she opens her mouth (or types) she comes across to me as "holier than thou". I felt like I was being talked down to on every page.
This is a book that I wish I had skipped because now it will effect my feelings for her and impact my choice of viewing her movies. That I find sad.
2 . Excellent Read!
Posted June 09, 2011 by Lynda J. , Sudbury, Ontario, CanadaI thoroughly enjoyed this book, Ashley Judd is quite a phenomenal woman and I like her even more now than I did before. It brought me close to tears several times and touched my heart! I don't usually read non-fiction so I was impressed with it! Thank you for sharing your story Ms. Judd!
3 . Blah
Posted May 20, 2011 by Tricia , YorkThis book was basically an advertisement for people to do mission type work. It was pretty boring mixed in with actual somewhat fascinating details.
4 . boring
Posted April 21, 2011 by brenda , daphneboring
5 . Boooring!
Posted April 12, 2011 by Theresa , NYI bought this thinking it would be an interesting take on the family Judd dynamics. Instead it's mostlly about Ashley's work with AIDS etc. in Africa. While it's admirable... all that Ashley has accomplished, if you are looking for a good interesting story on a celebrity life, I would skip this one. Too much boring, name dropping and not even a good read on her "adventures" saving the downtrodden people of Africa. This reads more like a "boo hoo, I am clinically depressed person but look at all I have done for others", pat on the back type of self absorbed snooze fest.
April 05, 2011
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