Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time, shares the wisdom of a remarkable life in this best-selling 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 in every minute.

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.”

©1993 Maya Angelou (P)1993 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"These quietly inspirational pieces convey her sense of life as an ongoing adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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At the feet of our elders

I enjoyed the narration, Maya Angelous' voice is captivating. I felt as if I was sitting in the front of my great grandmothers rocking chair, listening as she educated me on life in general.

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Can’t recommend enough!!! LOVED IT!!

The book was incredibly soothing to listen to. It is full of insight for young women navigating life. She provides many gems to just meditate on and really take to heart that will change your perspective on things. I only wish there was more

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Wouldn't take Nothing for My Journey Now

Loved it. She was such a wonderful writer, and a woman of wisdom as well.

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Post election tonic for the soul

I listened to this book in a single sitting. I was feeling down after the election and it lifted me up

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Amazing

Loved it. Amazing Narration. Loved hearing her voice. Simply Amazing! A must read for everyone

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Inspiring

Loved this book, very beautifully written and read by Maya Angelou. Would highly recommend this book.

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inspiring

This book made me look at the world in a better light. Im definitely going to try what she likes to call "A day away" at least once a month now.

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thoughtfully inspiring

Some sound wisdom and insights from a much beloved Woman of extraordinary presence. I'll enjoy this many times.

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Wow

This book is absolutely amazing. It does not disappoint. Chock full of wisdom and knowledge that ought to be passed on.

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Soul Food

This book is food for the soul. I loved every word spoken. It quenches your thirst and feeds the spirit what it needs.

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  • Gillian
  • 09-04-06

True To Life

I feel that Maya Angelous portrayal of her life is both shocking but real and that is a quality many authors lack these days. i feel my mind and my heart melting into her words when i listen to her work. She is a fantasic author, role model and fellow human being whose words should always be treasured.

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  • TheZee
  • 12-19-12

Free to live, think and experience wonder..

This volume by the experienced Grandmother of all is filled with wisdom, grace and beauty for the next generation. I was floored by the sheer rawness of her story yet I loved her softness. Her famous tone wrapped it all in velvet casing of love and concern. I am free to live, think and experience wonder in my unique skin.

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