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Publisher's Summary

There’s an African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child”. Hollywood producer and best-selling author DeVon Franklin offers a personal twist: It Takes a Woman. In this riveting and soul-stirring Audible Original, Franklin introduces us to the women who raised him—a “village of love” that selflessly came together to shape him into the man he is today. 

For the first time publicly, Franklin and his family discuss the aftermath of his father’s untimely death and the despair that could have destroyed their future. It Takes a Woman offers listeners an emotional journey of tragedy, triumph, and healing as Franklin, his mother, and his five living great-aunts recall how the women heeded the call to help raise him and his two brothers. The candid conversation—covering everything from marriage, death, divorce, and regret to colorfully frank advice about dating, sex, and money—uncovers old wounds that are still fresh and pain that is still piercing, as well as a family bond that is unbreakable. 

The women’s willingness to open their hearts and souls elevates this listen beyond simple memoir. Guided by their faith, they share decades of hard-earned life experiences and inspiring lessons. It’s the foundation of love and communication that nurtured Franklin and his brothers, and one that will inspire listeners to embrace this village as their own.

It Takes a Woman, one family’s true story of hope, faith, and resilience, honors the sacrifices of a remarkable village of Black women as experienced through the eyes of a Black man. It’s also a universal celebration of the power of women to alter and enrich the lives they touch. 

©2022 DeVon Franklin (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator and Performer

Named by Variety as one of the "Top 10 Producers to Watch" and by Oprah as "a different kind of spiritual teacher," DeVon Franklin is a Hollywood producer and New York Times bestselling author blazing his own unique trail with an unwavering commitment to uplifting the human spirit through entertainment.
DeVon serves as President and CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a dynamic production company that has first-look deals with Paramount Pictures and CBS TV Studios. He’s the driving force behind some of Hollywood’s most successful inspirational films including Breakthrough, Miracles from Heaven, and the soon to be released movie Flamin’ Hot for Disney, plus the TV series Kingdom Business for BET.
In addition to his work as a producer, DeVon is also the author of multiple bestselling books such as The Success Commandments and his new Audible Original, It Takes a Woman, which is a deeply personal look into the tragedy that transformed his family’s life forever.
DeVon serves the greater Hollywood community at large as Vice President of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. DeVon is a graduate of the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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Beautiful and inspirational

Devon Franklin tells an inspirational story (or stories) about how women in his life helped shape him into the man he is today. It is beautiful to also hear their voices retell their family's history and stories.

Do not listen to the hateful reviews. Devon Franklin is a pastor and producer known for the movie, "Heaven is Real." Hardly leftist.

It is disturbing that people did not listen to this, saw a cover with a Black man surrounded by Black women elders and assumed this was leftist propaganda. Sheer ignorance among other things.

Listen if you want to hear a story of an American family, one of many different stories that make us who we are. If this is not your cup of tea, so be it, but please give zero credence to one star reviews of people who didn't listen and judged a book by its cover and politicized something needlessly.

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Trying to put Afrikan label on garbage

Audible pushed this title into my selections—so he paid to be promoted by the app. This unwelcome selection just slaps the Afrikan label on Leftist ideology to promote The Message (tm). Skip it—“free” is still too high a price for this garbage.

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leftist blm narrative. proud conservative

leftist garbage, funny out of all the selections on audible. the very first recommendation I get is this leftist propaganda

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soooo good!

wow! many lessons in here. thank you all for keeping it so real. we need the visual now!

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Excellent Excellent Excellent

I read/ listen to at least two books a week. This beautiful story hit all of my emotions. I had to stop and grab tissue, I was either crying or laughing. What a amazing village the author has and kudos for sharing.

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great read! 📚

i truly was only interested in this book because of all the bad reviews. Now that I've finished it, I can say that they were wrong.
Yes, there is one chapter on being a black man in America but that's it.
There is no great big leftist ideology, it's a great story that reminded me to be grateful for my upbringing and the villages we all have.

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Thoughtful and thought provoking

Loved the story, the inner reflection of the author, and the lessons presented. We know it "takes a village," but a village of women is essential.

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loved it

beautifully written and narrated. heart warming and inspiring. I could listen to this over again.

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Mixed feelings

One man's experience.

Not what everyone can relate to.

The author shares his experience, which is fine for him and those who can relate. It feels like he writes hoping that he'll catch the current zeitgeist and make money. Perhaps that's OK, but I felt my time would have been better utilized listening to a lot of other things.

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No thank you

Stop sending me leftist screeds as recommendations. I do not like leftist jams. I do not like them on Audible. I do not find them laudible.

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  • 05-06-22

Absolutely 💯 💯 amazing book

Devon has never disappoint, love the Village! so much wisdom ✨️ 🙌🏾 sounds like my aunties back in Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹

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  • 04-30-22

Great listen

Listened to this on a road trip with my wife. We thoroughly enjoy it.

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  • 04-24-22

How Incredible

Honestly being privy to this incredible show of commitment and love from mother to children. This story of resilience and family is truly powerful.

From sadness to laughter this short work takes you through real life women of valour who openly, powerfully share their stories in a way that guides and nurtures the younger generation.

I feel so blessed to have listened to this and I know this is something I will Come back to over and over again. I feel proud of the triumph and inspired by the messages and warmed by the love. Devon gives us a piece of his heart, his family and in doing so will provide hope and solace to someone feeling alone, someone only able to view their situation through a lens of disappointment and sadness will have this to use as hope and reassurance that everything can work together for your good.

Thank you Devon for sharing this story and giving such incredible women a voice so we can feel proud of the women or village in our lives who have also played a significant role in who we are today and who we grow to become.

Thank you for you venerability and your honesty. I truly believe you will have such a wonderful family one day who get to benefit from the seeds that were planted in your from your village. 💕

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  • 05-05-22

Every Heartbeat Has A Hidden Voice.

Life stories that teach us more about faith, working & learning together as we grow on our own journey.

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  • 05-03-22

Amazing

This book was beautifully made and all those women(village) sharing there expierence was very emotional and powerful, wow to the core.
It took me half day to finished the book.
Thank you DeVon.

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  • J1121
  • 04-29-22

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Whether you were raised by a Village or don’t know what having one means, these narrators will quickly become your very own.
Loved listening to everyone’s unique life experiences, the highs and lows, the Life advice that I felt was given to me personally, and keeping your Faith the centre of the this strong foundation. Thank you thank you x Highly rec!

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  • SJ Riley
  • 04-22-22

Rich, Raw & Relatable

Powerful stories interwoven to reflect a powerful legacy of faith and wisdom! It speaks of lessons learnt the easy way and the hard way, always leading home to a village of unconditional love.