Little Black Sheep: A Memoir  -     By: Ashley Cleveland
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Little Black Sheep: A Memoir

David C. Cook / 2013 / Hardcover

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This powerful memoir from Grammy Award-winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through.
Ashley Cleveland grew up in a Southern family fractured by alcoholism and the collapse of her parents' marriage. She knew from the start that she was the "good-for-nothing" sheep of her divided home, and she quickly learned to play the part.
Yet in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful. Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use.
This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that broken places often supply the best things we have to give away.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434705293
ISBN-13: 9781434705297
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Publisher's Description

"This is the story of the groundwork that paved the way to my faith. It is not an easy story to tell…."

 
This powerful memoir from Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through.
 
As a young woman from a deeply flawed family, Ashley had little hope she would amount to anything. If there was trouble, near or far, she found it. Yet, in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful.
 
Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But little by little, Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little, she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use.
 
This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that God can work in broken places.
 

Author Bio

Since her debut on Atlantic Records in 1991, Ashley Cleveland has released nine critically acclaimed albums and received two Dove Awards and three Grammy Awards. She was the first woman to be nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Gospel Album and the only person to ever win the award three times. Ashley is also a writer and essayist who has contributed to books including The Dance of Heaven and The Art of Being. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Kenny Greenberg, and their three children, Rebecca, Henry, and Lily.


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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome book: A MUST READ!!
    October 3, 2014
    babybeth1995
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Little Black Sheep: A Memoir - eBook.
    I really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a story about redemption!!
  2. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A story of transformation
    August 15, 2014
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Little Black Sheep: A Memoir - eBook.
    It's always good to read about lives that are restored and redeemed. This was an interesting life story of a young woman who struggles between faith and drugs. Despite a somewhat dysfunctional family it's good to see that Ashley made some wise choices along the way. God will do amazing things with our brokenness if we allow him to.
  3. Southern California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Authentic Story of Hope
    November 14, 2013
    Becky Doughty
    Southern California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Little Black Sheep is one of the few non-fiction books I've read this year, and perhaps only the second memoir I've read in 2013. My reason for reading very little non-fiction is simply personal preference--I prefer my books to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. My reason for reading even fewer memoirs is a bit more controversial....

    I believe we all have stories to tell, but that our lives (and therefore, our life stories, our memoirs) need to be mile-marker signs that point to Jesus, that give Him glory. Otherwise, my story, your story, his or her story often becomes a self-indulgent act of vainglory, of airing dirty laundry, of unforgiveness. This is especially true now that self-publishing is fingertip-available to anyone who believes the have something to say. I've read far too many memoirs in my lifetime to be convinced otherwise, and although I'm sure there are vast quantities of exceptions to my blanket statement, I've yet to see evidence for myself.

    But every once in a while, I'll stumble upon one written by a person I highly respect, not because of their accomplishments or because of their notoriety, but because of the way they present Jesus to the world. Usually these people are fighters, scrappers, brawlers, down-and-outers, who have experienced the healing that can only come by turning and facing the ONE who pursues, the ONE who isn't afraid of dark alleys and dirty ditches, Jesus.

    Ashley Cleveland is one such woman. She periodically shares her music and her heart at our church, and every time she stands on stage, I know she's not up there alone. And so, when I learned that she was putting out her memoir, I signed up to be on the list to help spread the word.

    Ashley's story is raw, painful, wretched; the pages filled with the straight-forward talk of a woman who's walked too long down a dead-end road. But between the lines, between the falls, between the blisters and tears, Ashley keeps breathing in that "little bit of hope" she mentions in the above trailer, and that little bit of hope is the story of her redemption.

    "I don't understand why He cares, why He wouldn't spend His time on a more worthy individual; I don't understand it at all. And yet He relentlessly pursues me with such tenderness and love, that ultimately, I can't say 'no.'"

    I read Little Black Sheep in one sitting, then I couldn't stop thinking about it - and talking about it! Ashley's story is the kind of story we NEED to hear, we NEED to share. It's the kind of story that can bring that little bit of hope to a world of people who believe there is NO hope.

    Ashley's book is truly "Hope Through Storytelling" and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you, to be able to help her promote this book.

    Thank you, Ashley, for entrusting me with this beautiful picture of you.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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